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Topless woman arrested near Aug. 12 rally sues city

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A woman who was arrested for exposing her breasts during August’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has filed a federal lawsuit. Morgan Hopkins filed the suit against Charlottesville police and the arresting officers April 5, even though ...

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Governor signs bill giving nurse practitioners more autonomy

(AP) Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill allowing most nurse practitioners to gain the autonomy to practice without a physician’s oversight. Northam’s spokesman said April 5 the governor had signed the measure sponsored by Republican Del. Roxann Robinson. A statement from the ...

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Governor signs bill raising felony theft threshold

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation that will soften the penalties for people caught stealing smaller-dollar items. The Democratic governor announced April 4 that he’d approved a bill that raises the state’s felony theft threshold from $200 to $500. ...

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Prosecutor seeks to retry rally organizer’s case

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A Virginia prosecutor is asking a circuit judge to reopen a perjury case against the chief organizer of a deadly white nationalist rally. In a motion filed April 2, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci asked the court ...

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Bill would give Virginia nurse practitioners more autonomy

RICHMOND (AP) Most Virginia nurse practitioners could gain the autonomy to practice without a physician’s oversight if Gov. Ralph Northam signs a bill the General Assembly passed with near-unanimous support. The measure would allow most types of nurse practitioners with five ...

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Governor OKs paying ‘Norfolk Four’ $3.5M

(AP)  Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation to provide nearly $3.5 million in compensation to the “Norfolk Four,” the U.S. Navy sailors who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for a 1997 rape and murder. Northam last week signed identical House ...

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Supreme Court rules against Dominion in solar case

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a case that makes it easier for big electric users to shop around for renewable energy. The court affirmed an earlier decision by state regulators allowing large customers to purchase 100-percent renewable ...

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Virginia transportation agency faces corruption claims

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Seven people who pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme involving Virginia Department of Transportation officials and snowplow contractors say corruption is endemic to the agency. The two officials and five contractors indicated that corruption extends beyond the scheme ...

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Man says FBI pressured him to recant racial profiling claim

(AP) A young law student’s story of being racially profiled by campus police at the University of Virginia in 2011 drew outrage in Charlottesville, a liberal college enclave that boasts of its inclusiveness. When he recanted weeks later, he was ...

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