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Reagan’s would-be assassin to pursue unconditional release

Lawyers for the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan say he plans to ask a federal court to allow him to live without conditions in the Virginia home he’s currently residing in with his mother and brother. In ...

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Northam endorses predecessor McAuliffe for governor

(AP) Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced March 8 that he is backing Terry McAuliffe in the race to succeed him, handing his predecessor one of the contest’s most coveted endorsements. Speaking at an event at the Norfolk waterfront, Northam said ...

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Man pleads guilty in latest unemployment fraud scheme

ABINGDON (AP) A Southwest Virginia man has pleaded guilty to taking part in a pandemic unemployment benefits scheme that defrauded the government of over $150,000, according to federal authorities. Travis Kilgore of Wise pleaded guilty April 8 in U.S. District ...

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Feds accuse former owner of assisted living home of fraud

(AP) The former owner of an assisted living facility in Virginia has been charged with fleecing the government out of more than $800,000. Mable B. Jones, 77, of Richmond, faces 13 counts of wire fraud and two counts of making ...

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Northam endorses McAuliffe for governor

(AP) Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has announced that he is backing Terry McAuliffe in the race to succeed him, handing his predecessor one of the contest’s most coveted endorsements. Northam, who under Virginia law cannot seek a consecutive term in ...

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Virginia becomes first Southern state to legalize marijuana

(AP) Virginia became the first Southern state to legalize marijuana April 7, as lawmakers voted to approve Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a bill that will allow adults to possess and cultivate small amounts starting in July. Northam sent the ...

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Lawyer suspended 4 years, faces other charges (access required)

A Norfolk attorney who gave conflicting explanations of his fee agreement for an aborted plan to defend a federal murder case has been suspended from practice for four years. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board said it found Carl La ...

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McAuliffe takes jabs from fellow Democrats in debate

ETTRICK (AP) Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe touted his record while his opponents made their case that the Commonwealth needs new leadership during the first televised debate among Democrats in this year’s governor’s race. McAuliffe, former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, Del. ...

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Four charged in dog fighting operation

(AP) Four men have been charged with conspiracy in connection with alleged dog fighting operations, according to federal prosecutors. According to prosecutors, the alleged co-conspirators maintained property and equipment to house and train “pit bull-type dogs” for use in dog ...

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Former leader of Dominion Energy dies day after retiring

(AP) Tom Farrell, who led Dominion Energy for more than a decade and was a powerful force in Virginia business and politics, died April 2, one day after stepping down from his post as the company’s executive chairman. He was ...

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