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Schools ask judge to nix bullying lawsuit over racist remark (access required)

A Virginia school board asked a judge Dec. 15 to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former assistant principal who says she was harassed and humiliated after she raised concerns about a mandatory anti-racism teacher training program. Emily Mais, who ...

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Virginia AG blasts Virginia Beach mass shooting commission (access required)

Virginia’s Attorney General has lambasted a state commission that is investigating a 2019 mass shooting in Virginia Beach, citing the panel’s “overall dysfunction” and the resignation of nearly half its members, according to a letter dated Dec. 14. AG Jason Miyares wrote ...

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3 trials to be held against Loudoun school administrators (access required)

Three separate trials will be held next year to adjudicate charges against the former superintendent of a Northern Virginia school system as well as the system’s primary spokesman. Ex-Superintendent Scott Ziegler and spokesman Wayde Byard made initial appearances Dec. 13 ...

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Deal could make disabled students’ classmates wear masks (access required)

Disabled students can request that their peers be required to wear masks in class in 12 Virginia schools under the terms of a settlement reached Dec. 12. Parents at those 12 schools filed a lawsuit in February to challenge an ...

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Former Virginia priest convicted of 1985 sex assault on teen (access required)

A former priest in Northern Virginia pleaded guilty Dec. 12 to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy more than 35 years ago. Scott Asalone, 65, the former priest at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville, pleaded to a single ...

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Confederate monument set to be removed from Virginia capital (access required)

Work to relocate Richmond’s final city-owned Confederate monument should start this week after a judge refused a request to delay the removal of the statue of Gen. A.P. Hill from its prominent spot in Virginia’s capital, an official said. Richmond ...

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Virginia watchdog agency: Tourism video contract was proper (access required)

Virginia’s state government watchdog agency has cleared the state’s tourism office of wrongdoing when it gave Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s political ad-maker a state contract to produce a tourism video featuring the governor. The Virginia Tourism Corp. selected Poolhouse last spring ...

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Former officer gets 6 years for fatal shooting in Virginia (access required)

A former police officer in Virginia was sentenced Dec. 9 to six years in prison for fatally shooting a man after a struggle in which the man got hold of a stun gun and used it on officers. The Daily ...

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2 lawyers and a former US attorney will probe UVA shooting (access required)

Two lawyers and a former U.S. attorney have been chosen to conduct an external review of the shooting that killed three University of Virginia students and wounded two others on campus last month, state Attorney General Jason Miyares announced Dec. 8. ...

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Virginia’s top court reinstates prosecutor removed by judge (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court reinstated a progressive prosecutor on a criminal burglary case Dec. 8 after a judge removed her when he was dissatisfied with a plea deal her office reached. The ruling faulted Circuit Court Judge James Plowman for ...

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