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Man in prison for murder charged in 1989 cold case killing

STAFFORD (AP) A man imprisoned for killing a former girlfriend and federal worker in Washington a decade ago has pleaded guilty to slaying his estranged wife who disappeared from her Virginia home in 1989, authorities said. Jose Angel Rodriguez-Cruz, 55, ...

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Northam pushes to legalize marijuana

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam is pushing to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Virginia, which could be the first Southern state to do so. Northam announced his support for legalization Nov. 16, saying he wants a responsible approach that promotes ...

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Case dismissed against lawmaker accused of damaging monument

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A general district judge has dismissed charges filed against a prominent Black state senator after police said that she and others conspired to damage a Confederate monument in the city of Portsmouth. The charges against state Sen. Louise Lucas ...

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Educator sues school board over pay disparity

ROANOKE (AP) An educator in Roanoke County has filed a federal lawsuit against the county school board alleging sex-based wage discrimination, saying she is paid less than male employees in the same position. Roanoke County Public Schools Supervisor of Science ...

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Banker gets 1-year term for coronavirus relief funds fraud

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Northern Virginia banker who admitted illegally receiving $1.4 million in fraudulently obtained coronavirus relief funds has been sentenced to a year in prison. Tarik Jaafar, 43, of Woodbridge, was arrested in June at John F. Kennedy International ...

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Prosecutor asks for police probe of statue-removal contract

(AP) A special prosecutor has requested that state police investigate Richmond’s $1.8 million contract for the removal of the city’s Confederate statues. The statues were taken down over the summer, and an inquiry into the contract between the city and a ...

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Prosecutor: 2 officers charged in fatal shooting

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) Two officers have been indicted in connection with the death of a Newport News man who was killed by police during a struggle as officers were confronting him about allegedly abusing the 911 system. Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney ...

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Judge sues former GOP Senate candidate over debate claims

(AP) Richmond Circuit Judge Bradley Cavedo has filed a defamation suit against former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Gade over claims at a debate that the judge was “racist.” The suit, first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, states Gade falsely ...

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Comments sought on VSB rules changes

The Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Lawyer Discipline is proposing a slate of changes to bar discipline procedural rules and asking for public comment. The panel says the changes would promote greater fairness, efficiency, consistency and transparency in VSB ...

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Court system moving slowly on jury trials (access required)

As most of the circuit courts in Virginia’s population centers are either preparing for or actively resuming jury trials, the bulk of Virginia courthouses still have not received jury trial approval from the Supreme Court. As of Nov. 9, 27 ...

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