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U.S. attorney chastised over courtroom incident (access required)

The bribery trial of a former Virginia State Police detective has exposed tension between federal and state law enforcement teams and led a federal judge to conclude that the U.S. attorney made a “serious error in judgment” during the trial. ...

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Public weighs in on gun bills after mass shooting

(AP) Members of the public and special interest groups made their case Aug. 20 to a Virginia commission studying a broad range of gun safety proposals after a deadly mass shooting in Virginia Beach earlier this year. The bipartisan Virginia State Crime ...

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Richmond man pleads guilty in boat crash that killed friend

LANCASTER (AP) A Richmond man has pleaded guilty in a boating crash that killed his friend two years ago. John Randolph “Rand” Hooper pleaded guilty Aug. 19 to involuntary manslaughter and failure to render aid in a crash that killed ...

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Lawsuit: Virginia inmate’s fatal injuries were ignored

FARMVILLE (AP) The mother of an inmate who died in a Virginia jail is suing officials, saying her son’s urgent medical needs were ignored and led to his 2017 death. Victoria Sisson filed a lawsuit Aug. 19 accusing officers and ...

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Guardsman not guilty by reason of insanity in vehicle theft

(AP) An Army National Guard officer accused of stealing an armored personnel carrier from a Virginia base and leading police on a more than 60-mile chase has been found not guilty by reason of insanity on two charges. Joshua Phillip ...

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Bar panel opposes lawyer’s return to practice (access required)

A former real estate lawyer who gave up her license 15 years ago amid bank account overdrafts and a family crisis should not be licensed again, a Virginia State Bar panel says. Despite letters of recommendation and backing from an ...

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Lawsuit challenges ban on religious messages (access required)

A Virginia real estate agent claims state regulators are violating her constitutional rights with rules that ban spiritual messages on her mail and her advertising. Hadassah Hubbard Carter of Glen Allen has included religious content in her email signature and ...

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Arlington close on court program to address mental illness

ARLINGTON (AP) A Virginia county is close to starting a specialized court program to address mental illness. But advocates say they were shut out of developing the plan, which they say is moving too fast and would help too few, ...

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More than 100 animals seized from roadside zoo

WINCHESTER (AP) More than 100 animals, including water buffalo, tigers and lions, have been seized from a roadside zoo in Virginia with a history of complaints. The Virginia attorney general’s office said it joined with state and local authorities to ...

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TV station battling lawsuit over on-air shooting (access required)

A Roanoke television station is defending a lawsuit filed by the only survivor of the 2015 on-air shooting that claimed the life of a reporter and cameraman. The suit, filed in Franklin County Circuit Court, seeks damages for the former ...

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