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Police: 2 dead, 3 arrested in Virginia Beach shootings

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Shootings near the oceanfront in Virginia Beach left two people dead and eight wounded March 26 in a scene described by authorities as “very chaotic.” A woman who died was likely an innocent bystander, authorities said, while ...

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House speaker calls for July marijuana legalization

(AP)  Virginia’s House speaker says she supports moving up the date for legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana in Virginia to this summer, a key change pushed by advocates who have sharply criticized legislation approved by lawmakers that would delay ...

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Falwell trainer sues over Reuters article (access required)

Jerry Falwell Jr.’s personal trainer claims he was defamed in two articles that described how he came to own an athletic facility that once belonged to Liberty University. In a $9.35 million lawsuit in Lynchburg federal court, Benjamin Crosswhite contends ...

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Virginia outlaws death penalty

JARRATT (AP) The governor signed legislation March 24 making Virginia the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty, a dramatic shift for the commonwealth, which had the second-highest number of executions in the U.S. The bills were the culmination of ...

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Final report finds no motive in Virginia Beach mass shooting

Police in Virginia Beach cannot determine a motive for a city engineer’s rampage in 2019 that killed 12 people in the municipal building where he worked, according to the city’s final investigative report. “Despite exhaustive investigative work and in spite ...

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State to loosen rules on gatherings, entertainment venues

Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday that the state will soon relax some coronavirus-related restrictions for social gatherings and entertainment venues. Starting April 1, Northam said, social gatherings such as weddings may have up to 50 people indoors. Outdoor gatherings can ...

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Attorney: Investigator in Parole Board probe fired

(AP) A state investigator working on a probe that found violations of policy and law by the Virginia Parole Board was fired March 22, according to her attorney, who said his client is now exploring “legal remedies.” The Office of ...

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Committee: Botetourt County Confederate monument should move

FINCASTLE (AP) A Botetourt County committee has recommended that a monument to Confederate veterans be removed from the front of the county courthouse. The committee recommends moving the monument to an area behind the courthouse where it would no longer ...

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Lawyer accepts suspension, cites ‘cold turkey’ recovery (access required)

A Newport News attorney already suspended for three years has accepted an additional nine-month suspension, admitting that his prolonged alcohol addiction led him to neglect client matters over a three-year period. Marc E. Darnell told a Virginia State Bar discipline ...

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No injunction against restaurant defying COVID restrictions

FREDERICKSBURG (AP) A Spotsylvania County judge has refused to issue a preliminary injunction sought by state officials against a restaurant whose owner has defied Gov. Ralph Northam’s COVID-19 restrictions on businesses. The judge on March 19 denied the state’s request ...

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