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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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Chain pays $1M to settle poor pharmacy record-keeping claims

NORFOLK (AP) A grocery store chain in Virginia has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to the federal government to settle claims that its pharmacies failed to keep adequate records of controlled substances. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the ...

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4th Circuit to hear case of reporter alleging surveillance

(AP) When Sharyl Attkisson first began hearing clicking sounds on her phone and her computers started turning on and off in the middle of the night, she thought it was a technical glitch that could be easily fixed. Attkisson, then ...

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Concrete firm pays $1 million to settle Metrorail lawsuit

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A concrete company is paying $1 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it falsified test data on materials used in the multibillion-dollar expansion of the Washington region’s Metrorail system. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria announced the civil ...

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Body cameras increase workload, costs of prosecutors

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Police departments across Virginia have been outfitted with body cameras whose recordings need review by local prosecutors, many of whom aren’t getting the state funding needed to do so. Virginia Beach police are being outfitted with 450 ...

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