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After some schools push back on masks, Virginia orders them

(AP) Students, teachers and staff at public and private K-12 schools must wear a mask while indoors under a new public health order Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration issued on Aug. 12. The move came after a handful of ...

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Aber, Kavanaugh nominated as Virginia’s U.S. attorneys

(AP) Veteran federal prosecutors from Virginia’s two prosecutorial districts were nominated on Aug. 10 by President Joe Biden to become the regions’ U.S. attorneys. Biden named Jessica Aber as his choice for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, ...

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Richmond license plate camera surveillance raises concerns

(AP) A plan by Richmond police to install cameras that capture every passing license plate in neighborhoods where residents and visitors are mostly Black and brown is sparking concerns among critics who see cameras as an invasive way to surveil ...

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Northam urges lawmakers to leave COVID-19 budget plan alone

(AP) Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has asked state lawmakers to leave intact a spending plan for $4.3 billion in federal coronavirus relief money that his administration helped craft and to reject bipartisan changes the Senate is seeking. In an email ...

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Woman shot by police charged with assault on officer

SPRINGFIELD (AP) A woman shot by a northern Virginia police officer after allegedly approaching officers with a kitchen knife has been charged with assault on a law enforcement officer. Jiyoung Lee, 30, of Springfield, was treated at the hospital and ...

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Governor: Most state workers must be vaccinated or tested

(AP) Most of Virginia’s state workers will have to be vaccinated or agree to regular COVID-19 testing, under a new requirement Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Aug. 5. The order will take effect Sept. 1 and will apply to more ...

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Richmond to mandate vaccination for city workers

(AP) Virginia’s capital city is instituting a vaccine mandate for most of its several thousand employees. Democratic Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney made the announcement on Aug. 4, saying it would ensure the health and safety of both city workers and ...

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Liberal Virginia prosecutors’ ouster sought by petition

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A Virginia-based group with Republican ties is launching an effort to have three liberal prosecutors in northern Virginia removed from office. The group called Virginians for Safe Communities said it will collect petitions seeking to oust the ...

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Virginia lawmakers to convene in person for special session

(AP) Lawmakers are set to meet in Richmond for a short special session to elect judges and adjust the state budget to account for billions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money. The legislators convene at noon on Aug. 2 ...

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Judge upholds Liberty University’s suit against Falwell

LYNCHBURG (AP) A Lynchburg judge has upheld most of a lawsuit Liberty University filed against its former leader, Jerry Falwell Jr., after an acrimonious parting last year. The lawsuit survived its first round of legal challenges on July 30 as ...

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