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Transgender bathroom ban may end, but transcript irks teen

NORFOLK (AP) For nearly four years, Gavin Grimm has been suing his former school district after it banned him from using the boys bathrooms in high school. Along the way, he’s became a national face for transgender rights. His case ...

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Mountain Valley Pipeline subject of criminal probe

(AP) Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia. The natural gas pipeline’s parent company said in recent corporate filings with the SEC that it has been informed by the U.S. attorney’s office for ...

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Judge halts Air Force’s efforts to discharge airmen with HIV

ALEXANDRIA (AP) An Alexandria federal judge has ordered the U.S. Air Force to halt efforts to discharge service members who are HIV-positive. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema issued the preliminary injunction Feb. 15. She ruled that the Air Force’s ...

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Court gives final approval to redrawn House map

(AP) A panel of judges has given final approval to a redrawn map for the Virginia House of Delegates in a protracted racial gerrymandering case. The panel’s 2-1 ruling on Feb. 14 ordered the state to adopt a map created ...

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Prosecutors may be forced to name Flynn in lobbying case

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A judge may require prosecutors to disclose more information about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s role in a case accusing his former business partner of illegally lobbying for Turkey. At a hearing Feb. 13 in Alexandria, Judge ...

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Businessman pleads to $20 million fraud

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A well-known Northern Virginia businessman has pleaded guilty to multiple fraud schemes that cheated investors out of roughly $20 million. Todd Hitt of Arlington pleaded guilty Feb. 13 in federal court in Alexandria to running what prosecutors described ...

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Boston DA to investigate if Fairfax accuser files complaint

BOSTON (AP) Boston’s top prosecutor has offered to investigate allegations that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted a woman in 2004, if the woman files a criminal complaint. A spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said Feb. ...

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Clamor for ouster of top Democrats slows

(AP) The clamor for the resignation of Virginia’s top two politicians seemed to die down Monday, with some black community leaders forgiving Gov. Ralph Northam over the blackface furor and calling for a fair hearing for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax ...

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Hope backs off fast track for impeachment bill

(AP) A Virginia lawmaker on Monday backed off his plans to swiftly introduce an impeachment bill seeking the ouster of the state’s leading black elected official as Democrats struggled to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual ...

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Governor survives scandal by staying out of sight

(AP) He promised to start an honest conversation about race and how to heal the lingering wounds of Virginia’s painful past. Then he disappeared. For the past week, Gov. Ralph Northam has defied widespread calls for his resignation after a ...

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