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Mask mandates return to some Eastern District courts (access required)

Beginning June 21, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia will reinstate mask mandates within some of the court’s divisions. According to a June 17 release from the court, masking will be mandatory in the Alexandria, Norfolk ...

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New interview room designed to empower survivors

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Carefully chosen artwork, comfortable chairs, blankets and essential oils help ease harsh memories. A new ‘soft interview room’ at the Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office is designed to make a more comfortable place for victims to recall and discuss ...

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After impasse, legislators elect 2 Supreme Court justices

(AP) The Virginia General Assembly on June 17 elected two new justices to serve on the state Supreme Court, elevated a lower court judge to the state Court of Appeals and elected two other judges. The Supreme Court, Virginia’s highest, ...

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Judge: Va. facility can sell some dogs, must stop breeding

LYNCHBURG (AP) A federal judge is allowing a company that runs a Central Virginia research dog-breeding facility to resume selling some dogs for biomedical research purposes, but he ordered Envigo RMS to cease breeding new puppies. U.S. District Judge Norman ...

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Lawmakers table Youngkin gas tax, other budget amendments

(AP) Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposed budget amendments met a mixed fate June 17, some clearing the General Assembly and others, including his push for a gas-tax holiday, voted down on a bipartisan basis. Legislators sent the Republican governor a compromise ...

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Youngkin wants gas tax holiday, other budget changes

(AP) Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is seeking several dozen changes to the budget legislation lawmakers sent him earlier this month, including an amendment that would suspend the state tax on gasoline for three months. Youngkin also wants to provide financial assistance ...

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John Hinkley Jr. freed from court oversight after decades

NORFOLK (AP) John Hinckley Jr., who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was freed from court oversight June 15, officially concluding decades of supervision by legal and mental health professionals. “After 41 years 2 months and 15 days, ...

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Virginia woman sentenced in pandemic benefits fraud scheme

ABINGDON (AP) A Virginia woman convicted earlier this year of charges connected with a scheme to defraud the U.S. government through fake claims for pandemic unemployment benefits has been sentenced to more than two years in prison, a federal prosecutor ...

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Judge expedites lawsuit seeking new Virginia House elections

(AP) A federal judge on June 13 agreed to an accelerated schedule for a new lawsuit that seeks to force members of Virginia’s Republican-controlled House of Delegates to face unscheduled elections this fall. House elections in 2021 were supposed to be ...

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Virginia city plagued by violence to hold gun buyback event

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Virginia city that has been plagued by violence in recent weeks is planning to hold a gun buyback event. The goal of the event planned for June 25 is to reduce the number of guns sold illegally ...

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