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NORFOLK (AP) — Step into a Tidewater nightclub in the 1970s or ’80s, and chances are you’d see John Cog. He was the guy just beyond the dance floor, behind the keyboards and amplifiers. He’d play the organ, the electric ...

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Sorority suit: UVa said studying 25 hours a week is hazing

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A predominantly Latina sorority says it was wrongly punished for hazing by the University of Virginia after requiring its members to study 25 hours a week. Sigma Lambda Upsilon sued in September, saying the university agreed with a ...

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Cannabis, gambling interests drive up lobbying registrations

(AP) More companies and groups in Virginia are getting into the political influence game ahead of a legislative session than they have in past years. Lobbying data collected by the Virginia Public Access Project shows that 86 companies and groups, ...

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Judge sets standards for women’s prison medical care

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal judge has issued an injunction against top Virginia Department of Corrections officials, saying the department failed to provide adequate medical care at a women’s prison near Charlottesville. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon ruled the department didn’t live ...

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Report: Rep. Garrett misused staff for personal tasks

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics says former Republican Rep. Thomas Garrett misused staffers for tasks such as dog sitting and buying him cigarettes. The committee released its report Jan. 2, a day before Garrett’s departure ...

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GOP state senator in competitive district to retire

(AP) An outspoken conservative state senator in a competitive district is announcing his plans to retire. Republican Sen. Dick Black said Jan. 2 he would not seek re-election for his Northern Virginia seat. Black’s decision to retire could make it ...

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Senior complex sued after fire that killed 3

CHESAPEAKE (AP) An apartment complex for seniors has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit following the deaths of three people in a fire last year. The aunt of 30-year-old Lydia Somerville sued Chesapeake Crossing Senior Community Apartments in December, ...

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Man sues railroad, says his weight scuttled job offer

NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia man is suing a railroad company after he says it rescinded a job offer because he’s overweight. Matthew Sturgill is suing Norfolk Southern, saying the company offered him a conductor job that paid about $70,000 a ...

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Prosecutor to seek indictment of former jail guard

NORFOLK (AP) Prosecutors in Portsmouth say they’ll seek an indictment against a former jail guard over an incident involving an inmate who says he was choked. Portsmouth commonwealth’s attorney spokesman Brandon T. Wrobleski said in a Dec. 27 statement that ...

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Assembly to again consider marijuana decriminalization

(AP) When it comes to marijuana, Virginia has lagged behind many states where the drug has been decriminalized or legalized for recreational use. With lawmakers approving an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program in 2018, supporters of decriminalization are ...

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