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Judge won’t release man who pleaded insanity in 2016 slaying

(AP) A judge has declined to release a man who was found not guilty of first-degree murder by reason of insanity in the death of a Virginia bank executive. Nigel Walker was institutionalized at Central State Hospital in 2017, after ...

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Pastor gets 8 years for $2 million fraud scheme

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A northern Virginia pastor has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a $2 million fraud scheme that victimized members of his congregation and other clergymen. A jury convicted Terry Millender, 54, the former senior pastor of ...

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Court hears ex-policeman’s appeal in black teen’s shooting

(AP) Attorneys for a former police officer who served prison time for killing a black teenager have argued his appeal before the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court heard arguments Feb. 26 in the case of Stephen Rankin, news outlets ...

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Walmart stuck with Dominion, setting up potential fight

(AP) Virginia regulators are denying Walmart’s request to buy electricity generated by someone other than the state’s two largest electric monopolies. The State Corporation Commission issued an order Feb. 25 denying Walmart’s request to stop buying electricity from Dominion Energy ...

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Dominion to appeal denial of trail crossing permit

RICHMOND (AP) Dominion Energy says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal after a lower court declined to reconsider throwing out a permit allowing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of ...

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Ex-Virginia Tech professor convicted in grant fraud case

ROANOKE (AP) A former Virginia Tech professor has been found guilty of conspiring to commit federal grant fraud, making false statements and obstruction. Yiheng Percival Zhang was a biological systems engineering professor. In 2017, he was charged with defrauding Virginia ...

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Bill to ban hand-held phone use while driving fails

(AP) A bid to tighten Virginia laws around using cellphones while driving will have to wait another year. Legislation aimed at keeping drivers off their phones died during the final moments of the 2019 legislative session, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Both ...

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Court rejects appeal by ex-Navy SEAL in child porn case

(AP) A federal court has rejected the appeal of a former U.S. Navy Seal sentenced to 27 years in prison for child pornography. The 4th Circuit court on Feb. 21 upheld a judge’s ruling denying Gregory Kyle Seerden’s request to suppress ...

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Former House minority leader announces retirement

(AP) A longtime Democratic leader in the Virginia House of Delegates says he is retiring. Former House Minority Leader David Toscano, a Charlottesville lawyer, announced on the House floor Feb. 23 that he will not seek re-election this year. Toscano is ...

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$520,163 approved for man wrongfully imprisoned for 11 years

(AP) The General Assembly has approved more than $520,000 in compensation for Gary Linwood Bush, who served almost 11 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of two bank robberies. On Feb. 20, the House unanimously joined the Senate in ...

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