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Riggleman wins GOP nomination for Garrett’s House seat

LOVINGSTON (AP) Republicans selected distillery owner Denver Riggleman June 2  as their nominee for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Thomas Garrett. After several rounds of balloting by a 37-member committee, the race became a showdown between Riggleman ...

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Supreme Court rejects challenge to 11 legislative districts

(AP) Virginia’s Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the state’s 2011 redistricting process and found that 11 challenged state House and Senate districts are constitutionally valid. The high court issued its ruling May 31 in a lawsuit brought by ...

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Appeals court tosses drug convictions of 2 film producers

(AP) An appeals court has wiped out the convictions of two film producers sentenced to federal prison for running a synthetic marijuana operation. The Virginian-Pilot reports the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson to again take up ...

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Gridlock over: Lawmakers approve Medicaid expansion

(AP) Virginia’s governor is set to sign legislation in coming days expanding Medicaid after the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly ignored warnings from the White House against expanding the health care program for the poor. The state Senate voted Wednesday in ...

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Virginia lawmakers set to expand Medicaid

(AP) Virginia lawmakers are set to end a budget stalemate and pass Medicaid expansion. Both chambers of the Republican-controlled General Assembly are scheduled to meet Wednesday to take up a state budget plan that expands the publicly funded health care ...

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Judge dismisses lawsuit over Charlottesville rally, response

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Charlottesville, its former police chief and the former Virginia State Police superintendent over their response to a white nationalist rally that descended into violence. A Verona-based law firm sued after ...

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US Supreme Court limits warrantless vehicle searches near homes

WASHINGTON (AP) With a ruling in a Virginia case, the U.S. Supreme Court is putting limits on the ability of police to search vehicles when they do not have a search warrant. The court on May 29 sided 8-1 with ...

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Garrett says he’s battling alcoholism, drops re-election bid

(AP) Republican Congressman Thomas Garrett of Buckingham County has announced he will no longer seek re-election, saying he needs to work on recovering from alcoholism and renewing his commitment to his family. Garrett made the announcement May 28 in a ...

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Terwilliger appointed interim US attorney

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed Zach Terwilliger to serve on an interim basis as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Alexandria-based office has a high profile within the Justice Department. It handles numerous terrorism ...

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Judge says power line project over James River can continue

JAMESTOWN (AP) A federal judge has ruled that a power company can continue constructing controversial power line towers that will cross the James River near historic Jamestown Island. In an opinion dated May 23, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth ...

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