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Virginia first state to adopt COVID-19 worker safety rules

(AP) Virginia officials have passed temporary new workplace safety rules designed to protect employees from the coronavirus, becoming the first state to adopt such measures. The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board voted July 15 to approve rules for businesses that include ...

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Congressman flooded with unemployment complaints

(AP) A Virginia congressman is raising an alarm about the state’s delays in delivering unemployment benefits, saying he’s received two months of “continuous complaints” from his constituents. Democratic Rep. A. Donald McEachin wrote in a July 14 letter to Virginia ...

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Judge upholds much of new gun background check law

LYNCHBURG (AP) A Lynchburg circuit judge has upheld much of a new state law that expands background checks for gun buyers but issued an injunction preventing it from being enforced on buyers between 18 to 20 years old. Virginia Attorney ...

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Former leader of neo-Nazi group pleads guilty to ‘swatting’

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A founder and former leader of a neo-Nazi group has pleaded guilty to conspiring to place hoax phone calls targeting an African American church, a Cabinet official, journalists and others. John C. Denton, 26, of Montgomery, Texas, faces ...

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Del. Jay Jones announces bid for state attorney general

(AP) A Democratic legislator is announcing his bid to be the state’s next attorney general. Jay Jones, a state House delegate from Norfolk, made the announcement July 13 in a campaign video saying it’s time for a “new generation of ...

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Judge blocks removal of more Confederate statues in Richmond

(AP) A judge barred the city of Richmond from removing any more Confederate monuments on July 9 , halting a process that began July 1 when Mayor Levar Stoney ordered the statues cleared away amid weeks of protests over police brutality and racism. ...

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State eliminates huge backlog of untested rape kits

(AP) Virginia has eliminated a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits, becoming only the seventh state in the country to do so, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said July 8. Herring said the project to test rape kits — ...

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Richmond removes statue of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart

(AP) Work crews on July 7 took down a monument to Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, the third major statue to be cleared away in less than a week as the Confederacy’s former capital rushed to remove symbols of oppression in ...

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More than 100,000 Virginia entities get PPP loans

(AP) Virginia’s businesses and nonprofits took in between $9.5 billion to $18.2 billion through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Payroll Protection Program, new data released July 6 show. The government data said nearly 110,000 PPP loans were awarded in Virginia, with ...

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Dominion, Duke cancel contested Atlantic Coast Pipeline

(AP) The developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have announced they are canceling the multi-state natural gas project, citing delays and increasing cost uncertainty. Despite a victory last month at the United States Supreme Court over a critical permit, Dominion Energy and ...

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