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Clamor for ouster of top Democrats slows

(AP) The clamor for the resignation of Virginia’s top two politicians seemed to die down Monday, with some black community leaders forgiving Gov. Ralph Northam over the blackface furor and calling for a fair hearing for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax ...

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Hope backs off fast track for impeachment bill

(AP) A Virginia lawmaker on Monday backed off his plans to swiftly introduce an impeachment bill seeking the ouster of the state’s leading black elected official as Democrats struggled to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual ...

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Governor survives scandal by staying out of sight

(AP) He promised to start an honest conversation about race and how to heal the lingering wounds of Virginia’s painful past. Then he disappeared. For the past week, Gov. Ralph Northam has defied widespread calls for his resignation after a ...

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Man gets year for stalking women who cut him off in traffic

BLACKSBURG (AP) A Blacksburg man has been sentenced to a year in prison for stalking several women, including some who had cut him off in traffic. Prosecutors say Joey Landon Ritenour, 49, said he felt disrespected by the women, The ...

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Man shot by girl’s mother is indicted

GOOCHLAND (AP) A federal grand jury has indicted a New Zealand man who authorities say was shot while trying to break into a Goochland County girl’s home. The grand jury on Wednesday indicted Troy George Skinner, 25, on four counts ...

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Democrats speechless as scandal engulfs Virginia’s leaders

(AP) With Virginia’s top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political implications. Gov. Ralph Northam’s career was already ...

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Assembly bans holding cellphones while driving

(AP)  The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates on Feb. 5 each passed bills prohibiting motorists from touching their cellphones while driving. The Senate approved SB 1341 on a vote of 34-6, and the House passed HB 1811, 69-27. The ...

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Trooper, suspect killed in shootout amid drug investigation

FARMVILLE (AP) Authorities say a Virginia state trooper and a suspect were killed in a shootout during a drug investigation. News outlets cited a Virginia State Police release saying Trooper Lucas B. Dowell was a member of a tactical team assisting ...

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Fairfax accuser consults law firm

(AP) Amid the political upheaval over Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook page featuring a racist photograph, a woman who accused the state’s lieutenant governor of sexual assault is consulting with a law firm. Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax strongly denied the ...

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Scandal could push newcomer into governor’s office

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Lingering doubts over Gov. Ralph Northam’s political future after the publication of a racist yearbook photo could propel an African-American political newcomer into the governor’s mansion. If Northam stepped down, Justin Fairfax would be the second African-American ...

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