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Newspaper wins battle over records on prison strip searches

NORFOLK (AP) A judge has ruled that Virginia prison officials broke the law when they “willingly and knowingly” withheld information about strip searches from a Virginian-Pilot reporter. Norfolk Circuit Judge Junius Fulton III ruled in the newspaper’s favor in a ...

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Judge rejects gym owner’s petition to reopen facilities

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A circuit judge has  rejected a petition from a gym owner who sought to reopen his facilities despite an executive order requiring the closure of fitness centers and other nonessential businesses. At an April 30 telephone hearing, ...

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Virginia allowing elective medical procedures to resume

(AP) Virginians will soon be able to have elective surgeries and dental checkups again, as Gov. Ralph Northam announced that nonessential medical procedures could resume Friday. The governor said pet owners could also resume taking their animals to the vet ...

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Fairfax County Police move forward on body camera plan

FAIRFAX (AP) Virginia’s most populous county is moving ahead this week with its plan to outfit police officers with body-worn cameras. Fairfax Police Chief Edwin Roessler said the first phase of the three-year program to outfit officers with cameras would ...

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Northam open to idea of reopening business on regional basis

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday he is open to the idea of opening businesses in southwest Virginia before the rest of the state as he weighs when coronavirus restrictions can be lifted. Northam said at a press ...

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Judge rules Virginia gun range can open amid virus closures

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A Virginia gun range must be allowed to open to customers despite a statewide executive order requiring nonessential businesses to close to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a circuit judge has ruled. The opinion letter issued April ...

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Northam says business reopenings at least two weeks away

(AP) Virginia is still at least two weeks away from allowing nonessential businesses to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday during a news conference. The Democratic governor’s remarks came as some governors in other southern states ...

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State extends ban on non-emergency surgeries by one week

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday announced he will extend a ban on nonemergency surgeries for another week, even as a group representing more than 100 hospitals in the state asked him to allow the ban to expire on Friday. ...

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Lawmakers vote to delay wage hike, raises because of virus

(AP) Virginia lawmakers held a legislative session unlike any in the state’s more than 400-year history April 22, donning masks and keeping their distance from each other as they voted to delay a minimum wage hike, teacher raises, and other ...

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Gym owner sues Northam, represented by state senators

CULPEPER (AP) Two Republican state senators are representing a gym owner who is suing Virginia’s governor over his executive order that closed down nonessential businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. State Sens. Bill Stanley and Ryan McDougle filed the lawsuit in Culpeper County April 21 ...

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