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Supreme Court to hear Virginia GOP’s districting appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Virginia Republicans who are trying to preserve state legislative districts struck down by a lower court as racially discriminatory. The case involves 11 districts in the Virginia ...

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Crime prompts Roanoke to spend $50K on police overtime

ROANOKE (AP) A stabbing that wounded two people last month has prompted Roanoke leaders to increase police presence in the area for the rest of the year. The increase in patrols of the downtown area is expected to cost roughly ...

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Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

RICHMOND (AP) Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in Northern Virginia, according to a person familiar with the plans. The online retailer is expected to make an official announcement later ...

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Psychologist accused of sex with client loses license

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) A Blacksburg psychologist is accused of having a sexual relationship with a client and has had his license to practice suspended. The state Board of Psychology suspended the license of David Paul Ribbe in September, The Roanoke Times reported. ...

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Retired Justice Kennedy to speak at UVa law school

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will speak about his legacy on the high court at the University of Virginia law school this week. Kennedy will be interviewed by financier-philanthropist David Rubenstein Friday during an inaugural event for ...

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Virginia trooper convicted of falsifying drug case records

MARION (AP) A Virginia State Police trooper has been found guilty of falsifying records for drug case evidence that he had destroyed without permission. Sgt. Lee Jennings Testerman, 40, pleaded not guilty Nov. 8 as part of a deal in ...

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Defense attorney seeks removal of Confederate portrait

LOUISA (AP) A defense lawyer for a capital murder defendant is seeking removal of a portrait of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee for the upcoming trial of the African-American client. Defense attorney Douglas Ramseur argued before a Louisa County judge ...

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Police: Double murder made to look like murder-suicide

McLEAN (AP) Police have arrested a woman and charged her with the 2017 deaths of her sister and mother and staging the crime scene to look like a murder-suicide. When 23-year-old Helen Hargan and her mother, 63-year-old Pamela Hargan, were ...

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Terwilliger formally installed as US attorney

ALEXANDRIA (AP) The U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia has been officially sworn in after a ceremony that drew Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, among others. G. Zachary Terwilliger’s installation ceremony Nov. ...

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State reports that fewer minors are behind bars

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) Virginia’s Department of Juvenile Justice says fewer minors are behind bars in the state. Violent incidents are also down at juvenile correction centers. The changes are reflected in a new Department of Juvenile Justice report, the Daily ...

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