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Investor tries to curb Dominion’s influence

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Rich people using their wealth to try to influence politics is nothing new, but not many launch multimillion-dollar crusades against their local electric company. That’s just what Charlottesville investor and Democratic donor Michael Bills is doing in Virginia, ...

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Judge Robert Hagans dies

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia Beach judge and former school board chairman has died less than two weeks after being involved in a car accident. Norfolk police announced that Virginia Beach District Judge Robert Hagans Jr. died Jan. 17 from ...

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Attorney says tree-sitters are exempt from eminent domain

ROANOKE (AP) An attorney says Mountain Valley Pipeline can’t invoke eminent domain to remove two tree-sitters protesting on land where they have no legal ownership interest. The argument was presented Jan. 16 in a court filing by attorney John Fishwick ...

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Senate panel kills stricter seat-belt law

(AP) Virginia will continue to have one of the weakest seat-belt laws in the country after a Senate committee killed a bill to require rear-seat passengers in a motor vehicle to wear safety belts and to make violating the state’s ...

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Appeals court upholds Virginia’s ban on bestiality

(AP)  The Court of Appeals of Virginia has upheld a state law banning sex with an animal. The court on Jan. 15 affirmed the 2017 conviction of Arthur Anderson Warren, who used his cellphone to record video of encounters he ...

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Mom sues after school assault charges dropped

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A special needs student’s mother is suing after a principal and teacher were cleared of assault charges in Virginia Beach. Seven-year-old Eric Chapman testified in March that he had been dragged from a classroom at Rosemont Elementary ...

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Herring blasts study of his office as politically motivated

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring has denounced a wide-ranging review of his office by the state legislature’s watchdog agency as a politically motivated witch hunt. The Democratic attorney general blasted the review as “baseless” and an “inquisition.” He also said ...

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Lawmakers push for casinos in 3 Virginia cities

(AP) Casino backers from Portsmouth to Bristol are joining together to boost the odds of loosening Virginia’s gambling laws. A bipartisan group of lawmakers promoted pro-casino legislation Jan. 14, arguing that three struggling cities spread along Virginia’s southern border urgently ...

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Actress McGowan pleads no contest to misdemeanor drug charge

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Actress Rose McGowan pleaded no contest Jan. 14 to a misdemeanor drug charge in Loudoun County after cocaine was found in a wallet she left behind at Dulles International Airport two years ago. Court records show she ...

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Settlement reached with ex-jail worker over resignation

NORFOLK (AP) A jail serving five Virginia cities has settled a lawsuit filed by a former personnel worker alleging she was wrongly forced from her job for how she handled a sexual harassment investigation. Hampton Roads Regional Jail Superintendent David ...

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