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Judge upholds Portsmouth councilman’s conviction

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Portsmouth city councilman found guilty by a jury of three counts of felony forgery for falsifying a contractor’s signature on financial documents has had his conviction upheld. News outlets report an effort to save Portsmouth Councilman Mark ...

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Man won’t face death penalty in officer’s fatal shooting

(AP) Prosecutors say the man accused of fatally shooting a Virginia State Police special agent last year has entered a plea and won’t face the death penalty. The Richmond commonwealth’s attorney’s office announced Sept. 27 that Travis Ball entered an ...

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Virginia Law Foundation awards $440k in 2018 grants

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The Virginia Law Foundation has awarded $440,000 in grants to support law-related projects and organizations throughout the state. The grant program funds initiatives that further the foundation’s mission of facilitating access to justice and promoting an understanding of ...

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Soldier convicted of capital murder in deaths of wife, cop

MANASSAS (AP) An Army staff sergeant is facing possible execution after being convicted of capital murder in the deaths of his wife and a police officer who responded to the woman’s 911 call. A jury in Manassas returned guilty verdicts ...

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Delegate apologizes, asks for prayers after DUI charge

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A state lawmaker has apologized after his arrest on charges of driving under the influence. Democratic Del. Matthew James said in a statement Sept. 26 that he was “sincerely” sorry and asked that people keep him in their ...

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4th Circuit halts pipeline work in national forest land

(AP) A federal appeals court has halted work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through stretches of national forest land. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 24 granted a request from environmental groups to stay National Forest Service ...

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Tax credit, rental assistance endorsed to cut evictions

(AP) A coalition formed to reduce high eviction rates in Virginia is recommending a series of steps aimed at encouraging developers to build more affordable housing and helping tenants stay in their homes. The Campaign to Reduce Evictions released a ...

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Jury hears closing arguments in trial for slain officer

MANASSAS (AP) Defense lawyers for an Army staff sergeant accused of killing his wife and a police officer on her first shift pleaded with a jury to convict their client on a charge other than capital murder. A jury heard ...

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FBI offers $50k reward in trooper’s unsolved killing

(AP) The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information that helps solve the 1984 killing of a Virginia state trooper. Trooper Johnny Rush Bowman was stabbed 45 times while off-duty at his home in Manassas on ...

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West Coast winery aids vineyard hit by grape heist

IRONTO (AP) Despite the theft of nearly its entire crop of grapes, a Virginia winery will be able to raise a glass of its 2018 vintage to a new friendship. Washington state’s Alexandria Nicole Cellars has offered to donate the ...

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