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‘Politics sucks’: GOP’s Corey Stewart quits field altogether

MANASSAS (AP) The Virginia Republican who lost last year’s U.S. Senate race says he’s leaving politics “until and unless the Commonwealth is ready” for his views. Corey Stewart told The Washington Post that he won’t seek another term as chair of the ...

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McDonnell files for divorce

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has filed for divorce from his wife of 42 years. McDonnell confirmed to The Virginian-Pilot Jan. 7 that he filed the paperwork. He declined to comment further. Online court records show that ...

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Singing a different tune (access required)

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NORFOLK (AP) — Step into a Tidewater nightclub in the 1970s or ’80s, and chances are you’d see John Cog. He was the guy just beyond the dance floor, behind the keyboards and amplifiers. He’d play the organ, the electric ...

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Sorority suit: UVa said studying 25 hours a week is hazing

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A predominantly Latina sorority says it was wrongly punished for hazing by the University of Virginia after requiring its members to study 25 hours a week. Sigma Lambda Upsilon sued in September, saying the university agreed with a ...

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Cannabis, gambling interests drive up lobbying registrations

(AP) More companies and groups in Virginia are getting into the political influence game ahead of a legislative session than they have in past years. Lobbying data collected by the Virginia Public Access Project shows that 86 companies and groups, ...

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Judge sets standards for women’s prison medical care

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal judge has issued an injunction against top Virginia Department of Corrections officials, saying the department failed to provide adequate medical care at a women’s prison near Charlottesville. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon ruled the department didn’t live ...

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Report: Rep. Garrett misused staff for personal tasks

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics says former Republican Rep. Thomas Garrett misused staffers for tasks such as dog sitting and buying him cigarettes. The committee released its report Jan. 2, a day before Garrett’s departure ...

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GOP state senator in competitive district to retire

(AP) An outspoken conservative state senator in a competitive district is announcing his plans to retire. Republican Sen. Dick Black said Jan. 2 he would not seek re-election for his Northern Virginia seat. Black’s decision to retire could make it ...

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Senior complex sued after fire that killed 3

CHESAPEAKE (AP) An apartment complex for seniors has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit following the deaths of three people in a fire last year. The aunt of 30-year-old Lydia Somerville sued Chesapeake Crossing Senior Community Apartments in December, ...

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Man sues railroad, says his weight scuttled job offer

NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia man is suing a railroad company after he says it rescinded a job offer because he’s overweight. Matthew Sturgill is suing Norfolk Southern, saying the company offered him a conductor job that paid about $70,000 a ...

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