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Virginia elections board fines Gillespie campaign for TV ads

(AP) The Republican candidate in last year’s Virginia governor’s race has been fined $2,000 for two television ads, despite both parties asking state regulators to disregard complaints filed against one another. The State Board of Elections voted 2-0-1 May 21 ...

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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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