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Virginia lawsuit targets diplomat’s wife in fatal UK crash

FALLS CHURCH (AP) The family of a British teenager killed in a motorcycle crash has filed a lawsuit in a Virginia federal court against a U.S. diplomat’s wife who left England after allegedly causing the crash. Anne Sacoolas claimed diplomatic ...

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House approves bill to end police immunity

(AP) Legislation aimed at making it easier to sue police officers for misconduct in Virginia has been revived for a second time and approved by the House of Delegates. The bill sponsored by Del. Jeff Bourne, D-Richmond, would allow lawsuits ...

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House approves sweeping package of police reforms

(AP) The House of Delegates approved a sweeping package of police reform bills Sept. 4 that Democrats said would make it easier to reign in officers who abuse their authority but Republicans said would hamstring police and make their jobs ...

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Confederate statue to be moved in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A life-size bronze statue of an unnamed Confederate soldier was approved for removal from outside the Albemarle County courthouse in Charlottesville, one of numerous such monuments being relocated in the state that was once home to the capital of ...

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Judge kicks Kanye West off Virginia ballot

(AP) A Richmond judge has ordered rapper Kanye West’s name removed from presidential ballots in Virginia. West was disqualified because he failed to meet a requirement that 13 people pledge their support for his campaign, Circuit Judge Joi Taylor said ...

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Tensions flare as lawmakers debate police reforms

(AP) Tensions flared Thursday as Virginia lawmakers took up a series of reforms that Republicans denounced as anti-police and Democrats insisted are long overdue. The Democratic-controlled House of Delegates advanced more than a half dozen police reform bills — including ...

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4th Circuit blocks federal abortion rules in Maryland

(AP) A divided federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s decision blocking the enforcement in Maryland of Trump administration rules that prohibit taxpayer-funded family planning clinics in the Title X program from making abortion referrals. The Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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AG Herring to run for reelection

(AP) Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is running for reelection, forgoing a gubernatorial bid he’d previously announced. Herring, a Democrat, declined to comment through a spokesman. But he called several elected officials Sept. 2 and told them of his plans ...

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Man sentenced for marijuana DUI after boy, 5, died in crash

(AP) A Virginia man has been sentenced to a year of work release for driving under the influence of marijuana during a crash that killed his then-girlfriend’s 5-year-old son. Datron L. Pierce, 23, pleaded no contest to a DUI charge ...

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Delegates revive bill to end immunity for police

(AP) A bill to end qualified immunity for police officers in Virginia was revived Sept. 1, a day after the legislation failed to win approval from a key committee. The bill sponsored by Del. Jeff Bourne, a Democrat from Richmond, ...

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