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No charges for trooper who played to camera during arrest

FAIRFAX (AP) A prosecutor has opted against filing criminal charges against a Virginia State Police trooper who played to the camera as he forcefully removed a Black motorist from his car during a traffic stop. Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve ...

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Man tracked through DNA site gets 65 years in rape cases

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A man who was tracked down with the help a public access DNA database and convicted of raping two lifeguards in Northern Virginia has been sentenced to 65 years in prison. An Alexandria Circuit Court judge handed down Jesse Bjerke’s ...

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Ex-House speaker files papers to run for governor

(AP) Former House Speaker Kirk Cox has filed paperwork with the state to run for governor next year, joining a small field of Republicans looking to enter the race. Cox, a retired school teacher who has served in the House ...

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Jurors fail to show for Norfolk trials during pandemic

NORFOLK (AP) Efforts to resume jury trials in Norfolk during the COVID-19 pandemic have stalled because most of the people being called to serve aren’t showing up. Roughly 9 out of 10 possible jurors aren’t showing up for court, a ...

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Lawsuits challenge Virginia’s sexual orientation protections

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A conservative legal group has filed lawsuits challenging a new Virginia law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The lawsuits filed in state and federal court by Alliance Defending Freedom argue that the ...

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House approves budget focused on police reforms

(AP) The Virginia House of Delegates has approved a budget that includes funding for a host of criminal justice and police reforms amid national unrest over racial injustice and police brutality. The House spending plan allocates $28.4 million to pay ...

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Judge allows US suit against Libyan commander to move ahead

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A federal judge has rejected a request from a Libyan military commander who once lived in Virginia to toss out lawsuits accusing him of war atrocities. At a Sept. 29 hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, ...

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4th Circuit rejects rehearing in transgender bathroom case

(AP) A federal appeals court has denied a request for a full-court review of a ruling that a Virginia school board’s transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond rejected a request from the ...

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Bill to end mandatory jail time for assaults on police fails

(AP) Virginia lawmakers have killed legislation that called for eliminating mandatory jail time for assaulting a police officer, a bill that drew heated opposition from Republicans who said it would send the wrong message at a time when law enforcement ...

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3 dozen orders issued with new “red flag” gun law

(AP) At least three dozen Virginia residents have been prohibited temporarily or permanently from having firearms or purchasing them based on a new state law allowing authorities to convince a judge that a person would be a danger to themselves ...

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