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Virginia man pleads guilty to destroying officer’s memorial

PULASKI (AP) A Virginia man pleaded guilty on June 8 to running over a roadside memorial to a sheriff’s deputy who died in a crash, officials said. John Logan Davidson, 21, of Dublin pleaded guilty to intentional destruction of property ...

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Herring, Ayala win Democratic down-ballot races in Virginia

(AP) Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring fended off a strong primary challenge, while Del. Hala Ayala emerged from a field of six candidates to win the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary election on June 8. Herring ...

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McAuliffe win sets up Virginia clash with outsider Youngkin

(AP) Terry McAuliffe, a longtime fixture of Democratic politics, handily won his party’s nomination for Virginia governor in his quest for a second term, setting up what’s expected to be a hotly contested general election against a wealthy businessman and ...

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Falwell: Liberty University lawsuit is excuse to shame him

LYNCHBURG (AP) Jerry Falwell Jr. is asking a court in Virginia to dismiss a lawsuit Liberty University filed over his headline-grabbing departure last year as leader of the evangelical school his father founded. Falwell claims in a court filing that ...

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Virginia high court to hear challenges to Lee statue removal

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia is set to hear arguments in two lawsuits that challenge Gov. Ralph Northam’s plan to take down a 131-year-old statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Northam’s decision was announced in June 2020, just ...

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Judge considering moving ‘Unite the Right’ civil trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal judge is considering moving the trial in a civil lawsuit filed against organizers of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Virginia because of potential logistical and safety issues. The Daily Progress reports that U.S. District Judge ...

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Richmond judge won’t step down from police shooting case

(AP) An attorney for a man charged with two felonies after being shot by a Richmond police officer asked the judge in the case to recuse himself, but the judge refused. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that attorney Katherine Poindexter alleged in ...

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Report tells of sexual assault, racism at VMI

The Virginia Military Institute has tolerated and failed to address institutional racism and sexism and must be held accountable for making changes, according to a state-sanctioned report released June 1. The 145-page report states that “racial slurs and jokes are ...

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Mail carrier charged with taking bribes to divert drugs

NORFOLK (AP) A Norfolk mail carrier has been charged with diverting packages filled with marijuana to a drug dealer in exchange for bribes, according to court documents. Gary Kent Turner Jr. was charged with bribery of a public official, according ...

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Arrests, seizures target Sinaloa drugs destined for Virginia

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A trafficking network that ferried drugs from the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico through California to multiple drug dealing organizations around the nation’s capital has been dismantled, according to local and federal officials. An investigation that began in 2017 ...

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