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Delegate apologizes, asks for prayers after DUI charge

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A state lawmaker has apologized after his arrest on charges of driving under the influence. Democratic Del. Matthew James said in a statement Sept. 26 that he was “sincerely” sorry and asked that people keep him in their ...

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4th Circuit halts pipeline work in national forest land

(AP) A federal appeals court has halted work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through stretches of national forest land. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 24 granted a request from environmental groups to stay National Forest Service ...

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Tax credit, rental assistance endorsed to cut evictions

(AP) A coalition formed to reduce high eviction rates in Virginia is recommending a series of steps aimed at encouraging developers to build more affordable housing and helping tenants stay in their homes. The Campaign to Reduce Evictions released a ...

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Jury hears closing arguments in trial for slain officer

MANASSAS (AP) Defense lawyers for an Army staff sergeant accused of killing his wife and a police officer on her first shift pleaded with a jury to convict their client on a charge other than capital murder. A jury heard ...

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FBI offers $50k reward in trooper’s unsolved killing

(AP) The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information that helps solve the 1984 killing of a Virginia state trooper. Trooper Johnny Rush Bowman was stabbed 45 times while off-duty at his home in Manassas on ...

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West Coast winery aids vineyard hit by grape heist

IRONTO (AP) Despite the theft of nearly its entire crop of grapes, a Virginia winery will be able to raise a glass of its 2018 vintage to a new friendship. Washington state’s Alexandria Nicole Cellars has offered to donate the ...

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Agent who shirked ship inspections faces prison time

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A former federal agent is facing jail time in Virginia after failing to inspect international cargo ships for invasive species and diseases and lying about it. Carl James Jr. will be sentenced in federal court in January, The ...

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Ex-Virginia Tech student’s gun case dismissed

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) A case against a former Virginia Tech student accused of illegally possessing an assault weapon has been tossed out. News outlets report a judge dismissed the charges against Yunsong Zhao, citing a lack of evidence presented by prosecutors. Defense ...

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Law prevents police from naming juvenile homicide victims

FALLS CHURCH (AP) When 16-year-old Jholie Moussa disappeared from her northern Virginia home in January, Fairfax County police publicized her name and her picture, hoping for a tip that would help locate her. When Jholie’s body was found a few ...

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Jury recommends 40 years in teen’s death

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) A jury has recommended 40 years in prison for a former Virginia Tech student found guilty for her role in the death of a 13-year-old girl. News outlets report that the jury recommended the sentence for Natalie Keepers Sept. ...

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