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Author Archives: The Associated Press

Advocates question DOC claim about restrictive housing

(AP) After Virginia prison officials recently announced the state has ended what it calls “restrictive housing,” some inmate advocates disputed the claim. The Department of Corrections issued a news release saying it had “completed the removal of restrictive housing” in ...

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Former Virginia lawyer pleads guilty to obstruction

(AP) A former Virginia lawyer has pleaded guilty in connection with allegations that he wrongfully obtained $4 million in funds primarily from the bankruptcy of the LandAmerica Financial Group, federal authorities said. Bruce H. Matson faces up to five years ...

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Virginia could see up to $530M under opioid settlement

(AP) Virginia is expected to receive up to $530 million over many years from a proposed $26 billion national settlement agreement to litigation over the opioid crisis, Attorney General Mark Herring announced on July 21. Herring and other attorneys general outlined key ...

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Lawsuit against Liberty alleges mishandling of sex assaults

(AP) Twelve women filed a lawsuit on July 20 against Liberty University, accusing the Christian institution of a pattern of mishandling cases of sexual assault and harassment, and fostering an unsafe campus environment. The federal lawsuit filed in New York ...

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Recall seeks board member’s ouster over online classes

McLEAN (AP) A coalition of parents angered by the monthslong suspension of in-person learning in Virginia’s largest school system has submitted thousands of signatures petitioning for the recall of a school board member. The petition submitted on July 19 to ...

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Virginia looking for its first cannabis attorney

(AP) With recreational marijuana use recently legalized, Virginia’s attorney general is seeking applicants interested in serving as the state’s first cannabis attorney. The person hired for the position will serve as general counsel to the newly created Virginia Cannabis Control Authority ...

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Nursing school operators charged with selling bogus diplomas

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The owners and operators of nursing schools in Virginia and Florida have been charged with plotting to sell bogus transcripts and diplomas, helping unqualified candidates pass nursing board exams and get health care jobs, federal authorities ...

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Herring opinion: Families should get police shooting footage

(AP) Video footage of police shootings must be released to a victim’s family after an investigation closes unless specific exemptions apply, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said in an opinion issued on July 16. The opinion was written in response to an ...

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Deputy indicted in shooting of man who called 911 for help

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY (AP) A Virginia sheriff’s deputy was indicted on July 15 on a felony charge related to the shooting of a Black man at his home after he called 911 for help. Special prosecutor LaBravia Jenkins said a special ...

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Ex-senior NASA employee gets 18 months for pandemic fraud

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A former senior NASA employee who cheated the government out of nearly $275,000 in pandemic-related financial assistance has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. The sentence imposed on July 15 on Andrew Tezna, 36, of Leesburg, Virginia, ...

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