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Herring won’t appeal redistricting ruling

(AP) Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is opposing a Republican bid to delay drawing new legislative districts. The Democratic attorney general filed a motion July 19 urging prompt creation of a new legislative map. A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 last ...

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Jury finds Portsmouth councilman guilty of forgery

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A jury has found a Portsmouth city councilman guilty of three counts of felony forgery for falsifying a contractor’s signature on financial documents. But the jurors recommended July 18 that Councilman Mark Whitaker serve no jail time and ...

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Judge dismisses 17 charges against Portsmouth councilman

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A judge has dismissed all but three charges against a Portsmouth councilman accused of forgery and identity theft. Most of the charges against Councilman Mark Whitaker were dismissed July 17, The Virginian-Pilot reported. Judge Harold W. Burgess Jr. ruled ...

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Mueller seeks immunity for 5 witnesses in Manafort case

WASHINGTON (AP) The special counsel in the Russia investigation is seeking immunity for five potential witnesses in the upcoming trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. The five individuals have indicated that they won’t testify or provide ...

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Public could pay $10 million for redistricting lawsuits

(AP) Virginia taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $10 million in legal fees related to three redistricting lawsuits. The state has already paid more than $6 million in legal fees related to the cases, state officials said. ...

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Kaine, Stewart agree to US Senate debate in October

(AP) Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican challenger Corey Stewart have accepted invitations to participate in Virginia’s oldest and most widely broadcast televised debate this fall. “The People’s Debate” will be held on Oct. 2 in the studio of ...

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Ex-House speaker joins lobbying firm as adviser

(AP) A lobbying, advocacy and public affairs organization says former Speaker of the House William J. Howell has joined in a non-lobbying capacity. McGuireWoods Consulting tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that as a senior adviser, the 75-year-old  Howell will work to help clients ...

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Councilman’s identity fraud, forgery trial begins

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Portsmouth councilman’s identity fraud and forgery trial will begin this morning with jury selection. Portsmouth Councilman Mark Whitaker serves as an assistant pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church and is charged with 20 offenses including two counts ...

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Herring files motion defending state abortion laws

(AP)  State Attorney General Mark Herring is asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit that seeks to overturn state laws restricting abortion rights. Herring’s office filed the motion to dismiss July 13 in federal court in Richmond. The attorney ...

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Tourism group sues over use of ‘Virginia is for Gun Lovers’

(AP) For almost half a century, Virginia has used “Virginia is for Lovers” as a slogan to promote tourism in the state. So when state tourism officials noticed an online retailer using “Virginia is for Gun Lovers,” they weren’t pleased. ...

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