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Prosecutor says he will stop handling misdemeanors

CHESTERFIELD (AP) A Virginia prosecutor says he will stop assigning his staff to handle misdemeanor criminal offenses and traffic infractions in lower court, citing an understaffed office and the added work from reviewing body camera footage. Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney ...

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Patient information may have been viewed

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The University of Virginia Health System says it’s notifying more than 1,880 patients that an unauthorized third party may have been able to view some of their private medical information. Officials learned in December that the third party may ...

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4th Circuit declares Trump travel ban unconstitutional

(AP) President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban on travelers from six largely Muslim countries is “unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam,” a federal appeals court ruled Feb. 15, delivering another blow to the policy. In a 9-4 decision, the 4th ...

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Civil liberties groups oppose agreement on theft threshold

(AP) Minority and low-income advocacy groups are joining the Virginia branch of the American Civil Liberties Union in opposing the General Assembly’s bipartisan compromise that would increase the threshold at which a theft is considered a felony. Bill Farrar, a ...

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Key GOP lawmaker backs Medicaid expansion in Virginia

(AP) A powerful Republican lawmaker has publicly endorsed expanding Medicaid in Virginia after years of opposition, boosting the chances the Old Dominion will join 32 other states in expanding the program for the poor under President Barack Obama’s health care ...

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Fraudster who partnered in $10M scheme gets 12-year sentence

(AP) A Virginia man who teamed up with a former college football player on a $10 million investment-fraud scheme has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Forty-six-year-old Sherman Carl Vaughn of Blackstone was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in ...

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ACLU will oppose restitution changes

(AP) The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia says it is opposed to last week’s bipartisan deal that would raise Virginia’s felony theft threshold from $200 to $500 while also strengthening the state’s criminal restitution system. The state ACLU said ...

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Senate: Allow marijuana charges to be expunged

(AP) The Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would allow people charged for the first time with possession of marijuana to later have the charge expunged. The vote Feb. 12 on Republican Sen. Tommy Norment’s bill was 38-2, the ...

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Sheriff: Failure to obey policy didn’t lead to teen’s death

NORFOLK (AP) A sheriff says the failure of Norfolk deputies to follow standard policies and procedures did not cause the death of a teen who killed himself in a court building. Norfolk Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Karen Pinkston told The Virginian-Pilot an internal ...

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Prosecutor fired, charged with assault

NORFOLK (AP) A veteran Virginia prosecutor has been fired after he was accused of hitting a co-working and pulling a gun on her. John Haugh of Hampton was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor, in Chesapeake General District Court, ...

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