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Software to allow sex assault victims to track test results

(AP) Officials say sexual assault victims will be able to track test results in their cases using software being developed by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science. Officials hope to begin testing it this summer. Department director Linda Jackson said ...

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Appeals court: pardons render resentencing hearing moot

RICHMOND (AP) A federal appeals court says a man who received two partial pardons from Virginia governors is not entitled to further judicial review. Travion Blount was initially sentenced to six life terms for his role in a 2006 Norfolk ...

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Lawyers in death-penalty case seek answers on mental fitness

FAIRFAX (AP) Defense lawyers for a man facing a possible death penalty in the slaying of a Muslim teenager last year say their client likely suffers intellectual disabilities. The court filing from lawyers for 23-year-old Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling seeks ...

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Pipeline construction halted in Virginia amid severe erosion

ROANOKE (AP) Following heavy rains, construction at a Mountain Valley Pipeline site in Virginia has been suspended until erosion control measures are established. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is investigating how dams and other measures failed to stop last ...

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Northam vetoes GOP healthcare bills

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed a handful of GOP-backed bills related to health care. Northam vetoed a bill that would have allowed all groups like the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to pool their members together in a group to ...

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Virginia man charged with making up kidnapping story

ABINGDON (AP) After a Virginia man was reported missing, then found hours later on the side of the road, he told police he was kidnapped, drugged and held against his will by members of a motorcycle gang. The FBI says ...

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Homeless jailed frequently under ‘habitual drunkard’ law

(AP) For the past six years, Richard Walls has been in jail more often than not. The longest stretch of time he’s spent outside a cell is 30 days. Walls is not a hardened criminal, but he is what Virginia ...

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Ex-federal prosecutor to be sworn in as US attorney

ROANOKE (AP) A former federal prosecutor will be formally sworn in as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Thomas T. Cullen will be installed Friday during a ceremony at the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke. The event ...

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