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Appeal seeking early release denied in U.Va. slaying

(AP) A former University of Virginia lacrosse player’s efforts to get released early from his 25-year sentence in the 2010 slaying of his ex-girlfriend have been denied, again, by a federal appellate court. George Huguely V, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, ...

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Redistricting commission may give up on updating state maps

(AP) Virginia’s bipartisan redistricting commission could give up on trying to redraw the state’s legislative districts after intense partisan bickering that showed few signs of letting up during a virtual meeting on Oct. 11. Some members have suggested the commission ...

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Negotiations break down at Virginia Redistricting Commission

(AP) Negotiations broke down on Oct. 8 between members of Virginia’s bipartisan redistricting commission after Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on which proposed maps they should use as a starting point. The meeting ended after Democratic citizen co-chair Greta ...

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Over $33M going to help sexual assault victims in Virginia

ALEXANDRIA (AP) More than $33 million in U.S. Department of Justice grants has been awarded to 26 Virginia-based public and non-profit organizations to fund programs that address violence against women, a federal prosecutors says. Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh said ...

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Boosters, employer mandates drive increase in US vaccines

(AP) The number of Americans getting COVID-19 vaccines has steadily increased to a three-month high as seniors and people with medical conditions seek boosters, and government and employer mandates push more workers to take their first doses. Demand is expected ...

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3 sentenced for roles in interstate dog fighting network

(AP) Three men have been sentenced for their roles in an interstate dog fighting network operating in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey, federal prosecutors announced on Oct. 7. “The violent and cruel act of dog fighting is a ...

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NFLPA asks league about search of Washington facility

ASHBURN (AP) The NFL Players Association said Oct. 6 it sent a formal request to the league for information about Washington’s practice facility being searched by federal authorities last week. Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion was put on administrative leave ...

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Virginia GOP candidate tests school fight message for 2022

LEESBURG (AP) When Democrat Terry McAuliffe said during the second Virginia governor’s debate that he doesn’t believe “parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” his opponent pounced. Republican Glenn Youngkin quickly turned the footage into a digital ad, then announced ...

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Virginia DMVs reopen for walk-in service 3 days a week

(AP) Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles offices are reopening for walk-in service three days a week. Virginians can now visit all 75 DMV offices without an appointment each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, department officials announced Oct. 4. Appointment-only service will be offered ...

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Owner of gun charged in fatal shooting of Virginia girl

(AP) The owner of the gun that authorities say a 14-year-old boy allegedly used to kill a 13-year-old girl has been charged with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Richard M. Pierce ...

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