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Gridlock over: Lawmakers approve Medicaid expansion

(AP) Virginia’s governor is set to sign legislation in coming days expanding Medicaid after the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly ignored warnings from the White House against expanding the health care program for the poor. The state Senate voted Wednesday in ...

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Virginia lawmakers set to expand Medicaid

(AP) Virginia lawmakers are set to end a budget stalemate and pass Medicaid expansion. Both chambers of the Republican-controlled General Assembly are scheduled to meet Wednesday to take up a state budget plan that expands the publicly funded health care ...

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Judge dismisses lawsuit over Charlottesville rally, response

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Charlottesville, its former police chief and the former Virginia State Police superintendent over their response to a white nationalist rally that descended into violence. A Verona-based law firm sued after ...

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US Supreme Court limits warrantless vehicle searches near homes

WASHINGTON (AP) With a ruling in a Virginia case, the U.S. Supreme Court is putting limits on the ability of police to search vehicles when they do not have a search warrant. The court on May 29 sided 8-1 with ...

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Garrett says he’s battling alcoholism, drops re-election bid

(AP) Republican Congressman Thomas Garrett of Buckingham County has announced he will no longer seek re-election, saying he needs to work on recovering from alcoholism and renewing his commitment to his family. Garrett made the announcement May 28 in a ...

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Terwilliger appointed interim US attorney

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed Zach Terwilliger to serve on an interim basis as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Alexandria-based office has a high profile within the Justice Department. It handles numerous terrorism ...

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Judge says power line project over James River can continue

JAMESTOWN (AP) A federal judge has ruled that a power company can continue constructing controversial power line towers that will cross the James River near historic Jamestown Island. In an opinion dated May 23, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth ...

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Judge appoints brain experts in case of slain Muslim teen

FAIRFAX (AP) A judge has appointed two brain experts to evaluate a man facing the death penalty in the slaying of a teenage Muslim girl last year, despite the objections of a prosecutor who derided the requests as “neuro-witchcraft.” Circuit ...

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Police stun-gun lawsuit settles for $6.5 million

CHESTERFIELD (AP) A man who was set on fire by an officer’s stun gun after a police chase has settled his excessive-force lawsuit against police for $6.5 million. Chesterfield County police officers had pulled the man from his wrecked car ...

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Lab equipment problems may have affected TB tests

(AP) Virginia officials say equipment problems at a state laboratory may have resulted in false results for almost 200 people tested for tuberculosis. Officials said May 25 that they have notified affected health care providers of the problem recently identified ...

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