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Virginia General Assembly set to kick off 2022 session

(AP) The Virginia General Assembly is set to convene its 2022 session Jan. 12 in Richmond, under newly divided party control. Lawmakers will be meeting for 60 days to craft a two-year state budget and take up issues ranging from ...

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Court upholds Virginia father’s child cruelty conviction

(AP) A state appeals court has upheld the child cruelty conviction of a Virginia father who argued that prosecutors failed to prove he broke the law because “his only purpose was to discipline his child.” James Eberhardt was convicted for ...

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Northam issues limited emergency order as virus cases rise

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam issued a limited emergency order Jan. 10 to help hospitals and other health providers address Virginia’s soaring number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations due to the spread of the super-contagious omicron variant. “Health care workers and ...

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Virginia governor pardons man convicted in 2002 killing

PORTSMOUTH (AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has granted a full pardon to a man sentenced to life in prison in the 2002 killing of a pregnant woman and the shooting of her boyfriend. The Virginian-Pilot reports that Northam granted the “absolute pardon” Jan. ...

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Virginia senator to receive $300k to settle protest lawsuit

PORTSMOUTH (AP) The city of Portsmouth will pay a Virginia state senator $300,0000 under a settlement in a lawsuit the senator filed after she was charged with damaging a Confederate monument during a 2020 protest. Portsmouth police charged Sen. Louise ...

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Supreme Court reverses course, returns to remote argument (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia announced on Jan. 3 that it will hear oral argument remotely for the January session, a reversal from its previous plan to conduct in-person argument. “Due to concerns over the recent rise in the number ...

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Virginia House won’t have mask, vaccine mandates this year

(AP) The Virginia General Assembly is set to convene in person next week amid a surge in cases of COVID-19, and when it does, members in at least one chamber will not be facing mask, testing or vaccine mandates. The ...

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New GOP leaders say Virginia to join vax mandate challenges

(AP) Virginia will join other Republican-led states and business groups in challenging Biden administration mandates intended to increase the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate once GOP Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin and Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares take office, the two said in a ...

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Judge rejects torture claims by Islamic State defendant

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Incriminating statements made by a British national charged with a significant role in the torture and beheading of American and British hostages held by the Islamic State group can be used against him at trial, a judge has ...

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Attorney sues Virginia for withholding lab records

(AP) An attorney for a man who came within days of being executed in Virginia for a murder he didn’t commit has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against a state agency that’s withholding records the attorney believes will ...

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