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Capitol rioter dubbed ‘Doobie Smoker’ to remain jailed

(AP) A California man captured on video smoking marijuana inside the U.S. Capitol during last month’s riots was driven by “bizarre” conspiracy theories to join the violent insurrection, a federal prosecutor said Feb. 12. A federal magistrate judge in Virginia ...

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High court will take up appeals in Lee statue cases

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia will take up appeals in two lawsuits that seek to prevent Gov. Ralph Northam from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond. The court granted a petition of appeal ...

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FBI: Capitol rioter dubbed ‘Doobie Smoker’ arrested

SUFFOLK (AP) A California man seen wearing American flag pants and allegedly smoking marijuana during the U.S. Capitol riot has been arrested in Virginia, authorities said. Eduardo Nicolas Alvear Gonzalez, of Ventura, California, is scheduled for a remote hearing Friday ...

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House, Senate unveil differing budget plans

(AP) The Virginia House and Senate have unveiled their proposed amendments to the two-year state budget, with differences that must be worked out before the legislation can be sent to the governor. Each chamber advanced its own spending plan out ...

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Police reform advocates frustrated by bill’s defeat

(AP) Virginia has made headlines in recent months for criminal justice reform measures but advocates say more needs to be done. They are disappointed lawmakers in both chambers of the General Assembly recently killed proposals to reduce qualified immunity protections ...

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KKK member sentenced for driving into crowd of protesters

(AP) An acknowledged member of the Ku Klux Klan was sentenced Feb. 9 to three years and eight months in prison on charges he drove his pickup truck through a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters near Virginia’s capital city. Harry ...

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Woman in same-sex custody case who fled the US held in Miami

A woman who allegedly fled the United States for Nicaragua in 2009 rather than share custody of her child with her former same-sex partner has been arrested in Miami. Federal court records say that Lisa Miller, formerly of Bedford County, ...

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Mother of police informant seeks $13M in lawsuit

(AP) The mother of a dead police informant is alleging in a pair of lawsuits that authorities are responsible for her son’s fatal overdose on opiates that he was coerced to purchase while undercover. Donna Watson, the administrator of Troy ...

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Virginia considering restoring voting rights to felons

(AP) Virginia lawmakers are considering dueling proposals to restore voting rights for people convicted of a felony. There appears to be strong support for the concept among Democrats, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. But because the House and Senate have approved different ...

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Mandatory minimum bills advance from House, Senate

(AP) Lawmakers in both chambers of the General Assembly advanced criminal justice reform measures that would eliminate mandatory minimums in favor of allowing judges more sentencing discretion. Senate Bill 1443, introduced by Sen. John S. Edwards, D-Roanoke, narrowly passed Feb. 5 ...

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