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Jail accused of failing to assist with death probe

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Tidewater jail that came under state scrutiny after the 2015 death of a mentally ill man is now being accused of failing to cooperate with an investigation into three other inmate deaths. The state Board of Corrections ...

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Lawmaker’s privilege delaying case against ex-NASCAR driver

(AP) For a year and a half, a Virginia mother of seven young girls has been frustrated by repeated delays in the domestic violence case against her estranged husband because his defense lawyer exercised a privilege that most other attorneys ...

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Democrats advance assault weapon ban

(AP) Democratic lawmakers in Richmond are advancing legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons and the possession of high-capacity magazines despite fierce opposition from gun owners. A state House committee on Feb. 7 advanced legislation backed by Gov. Ralph ...

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Virginia lawmakers pass protections for LGBTQ people

(AP) Virginia lawmakers have passed comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation that advocates said makes the state the first in the South to enact such protections for LGBTQ people. The measures advanced Feb. 6 on bipartisan votes, 59-35 in the House and 30-9 ...

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Trial lawyers urge extended deadlines for sex abuse claims

(AP) Two bills recently passed the state House of Delegates unanimously that aim to change the state’s statute of limitations for filing sexual abuse lawsuits. One bill gives victims a two-year window to file sexual abuse claims, if statutes of ...

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Virginia Tech student sues after hazing suspension

ROANOKE (AP) A former Virginia Tech student is suing the university after he was accused of overseeing a ceremony that violated the school’s hazing policy. Darrien Brown alleges the university denied him due process when administrators suspended him for two ...

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Teenager could be tried as adult in murder case

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A Virginia teenager charged with first-degree murder in the death of an elderly couple could be tried as an adult after charges against him were certified to circuit court. The 17-year-old was sent to an adult jail after ...

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Student sues VMI over alleged hazing

LEXINGTON (AP) A former Virginia Military Institute student is suing the school, alleging he was waterboarded, assaulted and forced to wrestle another student while partially clothed. The lawsuit says the incident prompted the student to withdraw from the school. The ...

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Police find 4 dead horses and 4 in poor health

CULPEPER (AP) Police in Virginia say they’re investigating a case of possible animal cruelty after they found four dead horses and four others in poor health. The animals were found on a property in eastern Orange County, the Culpeper Star-Exponent reported. ...

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Lawmakers advance plan to legalize casinos

(AP) Virginia lawmakers took steps Feb. 4 to legalize casinos in five cities around the state. House and Senate committees both advanced legislation that would allow voters in Bristol, Danville, Richmond, Norfolk and Portsmouth to hold local referendums to approve ...

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