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Gen. Lee statue can be removed, Virginia Supreme Court rules

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled on Sept. 2 that the state can take down an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that became widely seen as a symbol of racial injustice as it towered over Monument ...

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Alleged sex assault on school band trip prompts legal split

FALLS CHURCH (AP) The full panel of 15 appellate judges in Richmond has narrowly upheld a former Northern Virginia high school student’s appeal to have her lawsuit against the school system reinstated after an alleged sexual assault on a band ...

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Black men executed in 1951 rape granted posthumous pardons

(AP) Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam granted posthumous pardons on Aug. 31 to seven Black men who were executed in 1951 for the rape of a white woman, in a case that attracted pleas for mercy from around the world and ...

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5 Virginia residents plead guilty in unemployment fraud case

BRISTOL (AP) More Southwest Virginia residents who prosecutors say conspired with dozens of others to file fraudulent claims for pandemic unemployment benefits have pleaded guilty. Patrick Payne, 43, Randall Johnson, 42, Steven Mullins Jr., 33, Curtis Mullins, 25, and Melinda ...

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McAuliffe seeks dismissal of GOP lawsuit over paperwork

(AP) Democrat Terry McAuliffe asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Virginia Republicans that seeks to remove him from the ballot in this year’s closely watched race for governor over an alleged paperwork error. In a filing on ...

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Transgender inmate sues Virginia prisons over surgery denial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A transgender man held at a women’s prison in Virginia is suing state prison officials after being denied breast removal surgery. Jason Yoakam, who is serving sentences for murder, conspiracy to commit murder and a firearm offense, says ...

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Virginia Republicans file suit over McAuliffe’s paperwork

WASHINGTON (AP) The Republican Party of Virginia filed a lawsuit on Aug. 26 asking the courts to remove Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe from the ballot for failing to sign an official form declaring his candidacy. The McAuliffe campaign dismissed ...

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School board to pay ACLU’s legal costs over bathroom lawsuit

NORFOLK (AP) A school board in Virginia has agreed to pay $1.3 million in legal costs to the American Civil Liberties Union after the nonprofit spent six years representing a student who sued over the board’s transgender bathroom ban. Gavin ...

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Court upholds death sentence for church shooter Dylann Roof

RICHMOND A federal appeals court on Aug. 25 upheld Dylann Roof’s conviction and death sentence for the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation, saying the legal record cannot even capture the “full horror” of ...

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Former Va. sheriff found guilty in federal bribery trial

NORFOLK (AP) A former Tidewater Virginia sheriff has been found guilty on all counts in a federal bribery trial. The jury deliberated for more than five hours before finding former Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe guilty of 11 counts of fraud, ...

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