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Northam announces compromise on electric rate overhaul

(AP) Virginia’s governor is endorsing a major overhaul of electricity regulations sought by utilities in the state, despite warnings from the state’s attorney general and others that customers will end up paying more than they should. Gov. Ralph Northam issued ...

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Ex-Virginia Tech student to go on trial in girl’s killing

(AP) It’s been just over two years since 13-year-old Nicole Lovell was found stabbed to death after climbing out her bedroom window in Blacksburg, Virginia, to meet a much-older teenager whom she thought of as her boyfriend. Prosecutors say the ...

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Inmate’s estate sues jail alleging wrongful death

NORFOLK (AP) The estate of an inmate who died at a Virginia jail has filed a lawsuit seeking $13.85 million in damages for alleged negligence, deprivation of rights and wrongful death. The estate of 69-year-old William Otis Thrower Sr. filed ...

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Delegate sued over structured settlement sales (access required)

A Virginia lawyer-legislator is named in a federal lawsuit claiming he failed to follow rules protecting beneficiaries of structured settlements. As an attorney, Del. Steve Heretick represents companies that buy structured settlement benefits from recipients, offering immediate cash in place ...

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Democrats promote criminal justice reform initiatives

(AP) Democratic members of the Virginia House called on their colleagues Thursday to raise the threshold for grand larceny and allow more professionals to administer medication to someone who has overdosed on drugs. The legislators discussed proposals to reform the ...

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Lawsuit: Police executed man for K9’s death

NORFOLK (AP) The daughter of a man shot to death by police two years ago is suing the officers involved for $12.3 million. Michelle Young filed a lawsuit Jan. 9 accusing officers of executing her father “in cold blood” during ...

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Lawmakers eye improved access to criminal court information

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) State lawmakers are considering a bill that would improve public access to information about criminal court cases in Virginia. The legislation would make the Virginia Supreme Court’s databases of court case information from across the state open ...

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Another pipeline legal challenge filed

(AP) A coalition of conservation groups has gone to court to challenge federal regulators’ decision to approve the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The groups announced Jan. 30 they had filed a petition with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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Senate committee kills pot decriminalization bill

(AP) A Virginia state Senate committee has voted to kill a bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Nine Republicans on the Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted Monday against the bill while six Democrats voted for it, the ...

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Fatal shooting prompts suggestion for less-than-lethal force

FAIRFAX (AP) An independent police auditor is recommending a northern Virginia police force increase use of less-than-lethal ammunition in the wake of a fatal shooting last year. The auditor found Fairfax County police acted properly when they fatally shot 32-year-old ...

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