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Survivor of deadly bus crash sues for $10.4 million

PRINCE GEORGE (AP) A New York woman is suing the driver and operators of a bus that overturned on an Interstate 95 exit in Virginia, killing two people and injuring dozens. Kevin Biniazan, an attorney for 40-year-old Shivon Dollar-Moore of ...

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Driver pleads to hate crimes in deadly attack at rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) In a case that stirred racial tensions across the country, a self-avowed white supremacist pleaded guilty March 27 to federal hate crime charges in a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, admitting that he intentionally ...

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Five more localities sue opioid manufacturers

ROANOKE (AP) Five cities and counties in Virginia have filed lawsuits against drugmakers seeking compensation for the public-health fallout from the opioid-addiction crisis. The cities of Bristol, Roanoke and Salem, along with Roanoke and Alleghany counties, are the most recent ...

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Northam names new juvenile justice boss

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has appointed a new boss of the state’s juvenile justice department. Northam announced March 26 that he was appointing Valerie Boykin, a current deputy director, as the department head. Boykin is from Suffolk and first joined ...

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Man convicted in Charlottesville attack plans to change plea

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A man convicted in a deadly car attack on a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is expected to change his plea to federal hate crime charges Wednesday. James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, ...

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FBI defends length of probe into fatal police shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) The FBI says the 2017 fatal shooting by U.S. Park Police of an unarmed Virginia motorist is a complex case and that its 16-month investigation is not unusual. The bureau’s comments came in a March 15 letter to ...

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Northam: End driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fees

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has filed a budget amendment that would eliminate the suspension of driver’s licenses for motorists with unpaid court fines and costs. The amendment announced March 26 would also reinstate driving licenses for more than 627,000 Virginians ...

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Northam wants to give handheld cellphone ban another try

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam is trying to revive an effort to ban motorists from holding cellphones while driving. Northam announced March 26 that he’s adding a proposed amendment to legislation that would bar drivers from holding a cellphone while driving ...

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Northam vetoes bill limiting who can be notary public

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has vetoed a bill that would bar convicted felons from being notary publics, even if they’d had their civil rights restored after serving their sentences. Northam announced the veto March 22, saying the legislation was “antithetical ...

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Search warrant: Jail superintendent used inmate for home job

STAUNTON (AP) Records show the former superintendent of a Virginia jail is under investigation for using an inmate for work at his home and lying to investigators. Middle River Regional Jail Superintendent Jack Lee was fired in December over the ...

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