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Four to interview for Supreme Court seat (access required)

Four judges are in the running for the seat of retiring Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan. The four are set to be interviewed by legislators this week. The candidates are: Court of Appeals Judge Randolph A. Beales Court ...

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Trooper, suspect killed in shootout amid drug investigation

FARMVILLE (AP) Authorities say a Virginia state trooper and a suspect were killed in a shootout during a drug investigation. News outlets cited a Virginia State Police release saying Trooper Lucas B. Dowell was a member of a tactical team assisting ...

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Fairfax accuser consults law firm

(AP) Amid the political upheaval over Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook page featuring a racist photograph, a woman who accused the state’s lieutenant governor of sexual assault is consulting with a law firm. Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax strongly denied the ...

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Scandal could push newcomer into governor’s office

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Lingering doubts over Gov. Ralph Northam’s political future after the publication of a racist yearbook photo could propel an African-American political newcomer into the governor’s mansion. If Northam stepped down, Justin Fairfax would be the second African-American ...

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Son gets 30 years for killing ex-prosecutor with ax

CHESTERFIELD (AP) The son of a former federal prosecutor has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his father with an ax. Judge David E. Johnson on Feb. 1 sentenced Frank Altimari, 32, after concluding his “detailed delusions ...

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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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