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Charlottesville police and topless protester settle lawsuit

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A lawsuit has been settled between police and a woman who was arrested for exposing her breasts during August’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Daily Progress reported June 7 that the undisclosed settlement agreement was reached that ...

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Lawsuit: Nursing home ordered Muslim worker to remove hijab

MECHANICSVILLE (AP) A Muslim woman has filed suit against a nursing home she used to work for, claiming her bosses had ordered her to remove her hijab. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported June 7 that the suit was filed in federal court in ...

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Judge: School board can try to appeal Gavin Grimm lawsuit

NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia school board’s transgender-bathroom ban is one step away from being reviewed by a federal appeals court. U.S. District Court Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen on June 5 granted the Gloucester County School Board’s request to ask ...

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Riggleman wins GOP nomination for Garrett’s House seat

LOVINGSTON (AP) Republicans selected distillery owner Denver Riggleman June 2  as their nominee for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Thomas Garrett. After several rounds of balloting by a 37-member committee, the race became a showdown between Riggleman ...

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Supreme Court rejects challenge to 11 legislative districts

(AP) Virginia’s Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the state’s 2011 redistricting process and found that 11 challenged state House and Senate districts are constitutionally valid. The high court issued its ruling May 31 in a lawsuit brought by ...

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Appeals court tosses drug convictions of 2 film producers

(AP) An appeals court has wiped out the convictions of two film producers sentenced to federal prison for running a synthetic marijuana operation. The Virginian-Pilot reports the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson to again take up ...

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Gridlock over: Lawmakers approve Medicaid expansion

(AP) Virginia’s governor is set to sign legislation in coming days expanding Medicaid after the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly ignored warnings from the White House against expanding the health care program for the poor. The state Senate voted Wednesday in ...

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Virginia lawmakers set to expand Medicaid

(AP) Virginia lawmakers are set to end a budget stalemate and pass Medicaid expansion. Both chambers of the Republican-controlled General Assembly are scheduled to meet Wednesday to take up a state budget plan that expands the publicly funded health care ...

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Judge dismisses lawsuit over Charlottesville rally, response

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Charlottesville, its former police chief and the former Virginia State Police superintendent over their response to a white nationalist rally that descended into violence. A Verona-based law firm sued after ...

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US Supreme Court limits warrantless vehicle searches near homes

WASHINGTON (AP) With a ruling in a Virginia case, the U.S. Supreme Court is putting limits on the ability of police to search vehicles when they do not have a search warrant. The court on May 29 sided 8-1 with ...

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