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Lawmakers OK speed cameras in work zones

(AP) For the first time in Virginia, police officers could issue speeding tickets through the mail — without pulling over the speeding motorist — under legislation sitting on Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk. SB 1521, which cleared its final hurdle in ...

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School district split over ending transgender bathroom ban

GLOUCESTER (AP) A Virginia school district that has drawn national attention for its transgender bathroom ban appeared starkly divided Feb. 19 over the prospect of ending the policy, provoking citations of scripture and the higher suicide rate among transgender teens. ...

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Court overturns conviction in killing of home intruder

(AP) The Virginia Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a Springfield man who fatally shot an intruder in his home. The court ruled 7-4 on Feb. 12 to affirm a divided panel’s September ruling that the judge in Thomas ...

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ICE cooperation bills progress through Virginia legislature

(AP) Raising concerns from immigrant advocacy groups, two bills that would increase cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities are advancing through the General Assembly. HB 2270, sponsored by Republican Del. Charles Poindexter of Franklin County, would require ...

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Transgender bathroom ban may end, but transcript irks teen

NORFOLK (AP) For nearly four years, Gavin Grimm has been suing his former school district after it banned him from using the boys bathrooms in high school. Along the way, he’s became a national face for transgender rights. His case ...

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Mountain Valley Pipeline subject of criminal probe

(AP) Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. The natural gas pipeline’s parent company said in recent corporate filings with the SEC that it has been informed by the U.S. attorney’s office for ...

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Judge halts Air Force’s efforts to discharge airmen with HIV

ALEXANDRIA (AP) An Alexandria federal judge has ordered the U.S. Air Force to halt efforts to discharge service members who are HIV-positive. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema issued the preliminary injunction Feb. 15. She ruled that the Air Force’s ...

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Court gives final approval to redrawn House map

(AP) A panel of judges has given final approval to a redrawn map for the Virginia House of Delegates in a protracted racial gerrymandering case. The panel’s 2-1 ruling on Feb. 14 ordered the state to adopt a map created ...

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Prosecutors may be forced to name Flynn in lobbying case

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A judge may require prosecutors to disclose more information about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s role in a case accusing his former business partner of illegally lobbying for Turkey. At a hearing Feb. 13 in Alexandria, Judge ...

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Businessman pleads to $20 million fraud

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A well-known Northern Virginia businessman has pleaded guilty to multiple fraud schemes that cheated investors out of roughly $20 million. Todd Hitt of Arlington pleaded guilty Feb. 13 in federal court in Alexandria to running what prosecutors described ...

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