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Northam sets special session on state budget

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam is calling state lawmakers back to work next month to pass a state budget. Northam, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he’s calling a special session on April 11. The move comes after lawmakers adjourned the regular ...

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Judge declines to dismiss charge against Rose McGowan

LEESBURG (AP) A judge has refused to dismiss a drug-possession charge against actress Rose McGowan after prosecutors said they have additional evidence to bring forward. McGowan’s lawyers have suggested the drugs may have been planted by agents hired by disgraced ...

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Ex-doctor gets 50 years for murder in rare ‘no body’ case

(AP) A former Richmond-area doctor convicted of murder in the death of his girlfriend, whose body has not been found, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Judge David E. Johnson handed down a jury’s recommended punishment for Dr. ...

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Northam signs utility backed legislation

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has approved legislation that could lead to substantial new additions to most Virginians’ electric bills while making it easier for utilities to build renewable energy projects and improve the electric grid. Northam signed into law legislation ...

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Virginia lawmakers finish 2018 session with no budget

(AP) Virginia lawmakers finished up the 2018 session Saturday without doing their most important job: passing a state budget. Legislators ended in a stalemate over whether to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income adults. A similar budget impasse over Medicaid ...

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Lawsuit: Hospital system fired woman for harassment report

HAMPTON (AP) A Virginia woman is suing the hospital she says fired her for reporting persistent sexual harassment. Suzanne Grimes filed a wrongful termination lawsuit this week against Sentara Healthcare, seeking unspecified damages and changes to the way the hospital ...

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Virginia lawmakers at impasse on Medicaid expansion

(AP) Virginia lawmakers aren’t going to pass a budget on schedule this year, the second time in four years that disagreements over Medicaid expansion have led to a stalemate. Republican House Appropriations Chairman Del. Chris Jones said Thursday that the House ...

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House defeats bill requiring turn signal usage

(AP) The House of Delegates has rejected legislation that would have required drivers to use turn signals when pedestrians are present. WTOP-FM reports that the House defeated the bill March 6, even though it passed the Senate unanimously last month. The legislation ...

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6 MS-13 gang members convicted of murder in federal court

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Six members of the MS-13 street gang were convicted March 5 for their roles in the slaying of a northern Virginia teenager they believed was a rival gang member. A jury at a federal court in Alexandria returned ...

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Prosecutor: More staff needed to review body camera footage

CHESTERFIELD (AP) A county prosecutor says cases will be lost and convictions appealed if the county fails to properly fund its police body camera program. Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney William Davenport wants to hire more prosecutors to review thousands of ...

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