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Charges dropped against mom who sent recorder to school

NORFOLK (AP) Prosecutors say charges have been dropped against a Virginia woman who sent her daughter to school with a recording device after the 9-year-old said she was being bullied. Sarah Sims told WAVY-TV in Portsmouth that she repeatedly reached ...

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Workers’ comp phone numbers are changed

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission is moving and its phone numbers have changed. All fax and phone numbers starting with 804-367 have been updated, the commission said in an email announcement. Those 367 phone numbers no longer work, the agency said. All toll-free ...

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Feds, ex-Louisiana congressman working on resentencing deal

McLEAN (AP) Federal prosecutors and lawyers for a former Louisiana congressman who famously hid $90,000 in his freezer are working on an agreement for his resentencing on corruption charges, according to court documents filed in the case. Former U.S. Rep. ...

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Virginia governor sued by electric car company investors

(AP) A group of Chinese investors is suing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe over his past work for a troubled electric car maker that relied heavily on foreign money from people trying to obtain residency in the United States. The investors ...

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Mom charged; sent her bullied child to school with recorder

NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia woman who sent her daughter to school with a recording device after the 9-year-old said she was being bullied has been charged with a felony. Multiple news outlets report that Norfolk police charged Sarah Sims with ...

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Control of Virginia House still being settled weeks later

(AP) A Democratic tidal wave on Election Day in Virginia three weeks ago has left chaos in its wake, with control of the House of Delegates still undecided and no end to the dispute in sight. Lawsuits, threats and recriminations ...

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Judge holds closed-door hearing in councilman’s fraud case

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A judge has refused to dismiss an indictment against a Virginia city council member facing fraud and forgery charges after a hearing behind closed doors with attorneys. Portsmouth councilman Mark Whitaker was indicted in April on 20 felony ...

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New interpretation of 3-strikes law could free inmates

NORFOLK (AP) The chairwoman of Virginia’s parole board said it will reinterpret a three-strikes law in a way that could free hundreds of inmates, The Virginian-Pilot reported Saturday . The now-defunct version of the law has kept offenders in prison for decades. ...

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Judge will not block certification of delegate race

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday rejected an effort to block the Virginia elections board from certifying the results in a House of Delegates race where election officials say some voters got the wrong ballots. Three voters, represented by ...

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Activists file lawsuit challenging Trump immigration changes

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Nurimaro Park, 26, is one of about 800,000 people who had benefited from an Obama-era program that extended protections to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. While he knew the significance of the protection he ...

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