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McAuliffe, Youngkin clash over abortion, COVID in 1st debate

GRUNDY (AP) Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies on Sept. 16 in Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season, as each sought to cast the other as extreme. The candidates in ...

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Ex-owner of assisted living facility pleads guilty to fraud

(AP) The former owner of a Richmond assisted living facility pleaded guilty on Sept. 15 to health care fraud after spending more than $800,000 meant for residents’ care on travel, gambling expenses and personal debts, federal prosecutors said. Mable Jones, ...

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Prosecutor: No charges for deputy who fatally shot teen

APPALACHIA (AP) No criminal charges will be filed against a Southwest Virginia sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a 16-year-old, who stabbed him during a confrontation in July, a prosecutor announced on Sept. 14. An investigation found that the deputy acted ...

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Lawmakers ask bar groups to evaluate Supreme Court candidates

Nine statewide bar groups have been asked by the chairs of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Courts of Justice Committee to evaluate candidates for a pending Supreme Court of Virginia vacancy. In an Aug. 31 letter, Sen. John ...

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Bailey appointed counsel to the governor

Gov. Ralph Northam has appointed Cynthia V. Bailey as counsel to the governor. Northam announced the appointment via a press release on Sept. 10. Bailey previously served as a deputy attorney general under Mark Herring from 2014 until 2019 and ...

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Virginia commission scraps regional redistricting maps

(AP) Virginia’s new bipartisan redistricting commission says it is scrapping the regional approach it had already begun on drawing new legislative maps and is now directing its map drawers to provide statewide maps. In a statement issued prior to the ...

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Va. boat captain pleads guilty to Capitol riot involvement

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Tidewater Virginia man will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty to taking part in the riot earlier this year at the U.S. Capitol. Jacob “Jake” Hiles, 42, pleaded guilty Sept. 9 by video in federal ...

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Judge unimpressed by latest argument in Abu Ghraib case

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A military contractor being sued for alleged complicity in the torture of inmates at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison argued on Sept. 10 that recent Supreme Court cases make clear it can’t be held liable for misconduct that occurred ...

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Confederate statue’s 1887 time capsule set to be removed

(AP) Now that an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee has been taken down from its perch above Richmond’s Monument Avenue, crews plan to remove a piece of history from its gigantic pedestal. A time capsule from 1887 that state ...

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Ex-Virginia policeman indicted on child pornography charges

NORFOLK (AP) A former Virginia police officer has been indicted on charges stemming from his attempts to produce child pornography, receiving images and trying to access it on a cell phone, a federal prosecutor said. Nathan Allen, Jr., 33, was ...

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