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Ex-Somali colonel faces civil trial alleging torture

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Northern Virginia man who served decades ago as a colonel in the Somali Army is facing accusations in a federal courtroom that he tortured and killed those perceived as enemies of the government. A civil jury in ...

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Last lawsuit in boy’s septic tank drowning settled

PULASKI (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection with the drowning of a 5-year-old Pulaski County boy in a septic tank has been settled with a $200,000 insurance payment to his parents and sister. The order entered May 8 ...

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Doctor found guilty on 861 federal drug charges

ABINGDON (AP)  A doctor who practiced in Martinsville has been found guilty on 861 counts of federal drug charges, federal prosecutors say. Joel Smithers was convicted after a jury heard evidence that he “prescribed controlled substances to every patient in ...

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Chesterfield chosen for jail opioid treatment program

CHESTERFIELD (AP) Chesterfield County is one of 15 localities around the country chosen to participate in a national program to expand medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in jails. The county will receive scholarships for five staff members to attend ...

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Ex-intelligence analyst charged with leaks to reporter

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A former government intelligence analyst has been charged with leaking classified documents about military campaigns against terrorist group al-Qaeda to a reporter. Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee, was arrested May 9. An indictment in Alexandria federal ...

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Police officer indicted on charge of sexual battery

(AP) A Richmond police officer has been indicted on a charge of sexual battery. Officer Michael Bryson was indicted May 6, court records showed. The circumstances surrounding the charge and the allegations that prompted it were unclear, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Interim ...

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Governor proclaims May ‘Second Chance Month’

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has proclaimed May “Second Chance Month” in a bid to focus attention on criminal justice reform and inmate reentry programs. Northam said in a statement May 8 that redemption is a “fundamental American value” and that ...

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Feds sue WV governor’s coal companies over safety violations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) The U.S. government has sued nearly two dozen of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s coal companies to get them to pay about $4.8 million in unpaid mine safety fines. The civil lawsuit was filed May 7 by ...

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Cuccinelli headlines energy reform effort

(AP) Former Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is headlining a new coalition advocating to “uberize” the state’s electric utilities by promoting competition. Cuccinelli and groups from across the political spectrum announced Tuesday the formation of the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition, ...

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