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Legislators pass separate versions of budget

(AP) Virginia’s House and Senate have passed competing versions of the state budget. The House Appropriations Committee approved its revised two-year budget that includes extra money for teacher and state employee pay and down payments on high-tech education initiatives for ...

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Northam resists resignation call over blackface photo

(AP)  Gov. Ralph Northam was clinging to office Monday morning amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, after a bizarre weekend in which he first admitted he ...

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Virginia prosecutor, husband drop charges against activist

PORTSMOUTH (AP) Harassment charges against an activist who wanted a Virginia prosecutor recalled have been dropped. Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales and her husband, Luis Morales, took out charges against Barry Randall last year. Randall had criticized Stephanie Morales’ handling ...

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Lawmakers, victims seek ‘hands-free’ law

(AP) Teary-eyed parents and supporters of legislation to curb distracted driving filled a small room at the Capitol, some wearing neon yellow traffic vests in solidarity as they offered emotional testimony. Others held framed pictures of loved ones who died ...

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Bill would legalize ‘medical aid in dying’

(AP) Del. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax, has firsthand experience witnessing a loved one battling a terminal illness: her father. Kory said she wants to give patients and their families options to deal with the harsh realities of a terminal sickness. She ...

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Professor accuses UR of gender discrimination

(AP) The University of Richmond is being sued by a former associate dean who says she was discriminated against because of her gender. The lawsuit was filed Jan. 24 by Della Dumbaugh, who has taught at the school as a ...

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Man who sent threats to congressman gets 6-month sentence

ABINGDON (AP) A California man has been sentenced to six months in prison for lying to federal agents about making threats against a Virginia congressman. Eun Soo Lee, of Cypress, California, pleaded guilty in November to lying when questioned about ...

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Ex-con, kennel owner joins wife in facing bestiality charges

SUFFOLK (AP) An ex-convict and kennel owner in Suffolk has joined his wife in being indicted on charges of bestiality and animal cruelty. Richard Patterson, 48, was indicted this week on the same charges filed against 42-year-old Christina Patterson months ...

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4th Circuit hears challenge to ‘habitual drunkard’ law

(AP) A Virginia law that allows police to arrest and jail people designated as “habitual drunkards” for up to a year if they’re caught with alcohol was scrutinized Jan. 30 by a federal appeals court as legal advocates argued that ...

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Bobbitt lawyer to defend Radford student in stabbing

RADFORD (AP) A Virginia college student accused of stabbing her classmate has hired the attorney who defended Lorena Bobbitt at trial. The Roanoke Times reports that Monday’s arraignment of 21-year-old Luisa Ines Tudela Harris Cutting was canceled after the court was notified ...

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