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AG Herring calls for state to legalize marijuana

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring is calling for the legalization of marijuana. Herring said June 15 that Virginia should start decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana and eventually legalize the drug. The Democratic attorney general said criminal prosecutions are ...

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Virginia Beach tries to dispel ‘rumors’ about mass shooting

NORFOLK (AP) Officials in Virginia Beach pushed back June 13 against what they described as “rumors, innuendo, conflicting theories and speculation” about last month’s mass shooting in a municipal building. But police in this coastal city of nearly half a million people ...

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Lt. Gov. lawyers ask for sex assault investigation

(AP) Lawyers for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax have sent letters to prosecutors in three states asking them to open criminal investigations into sexual assault allegations against him. In copies of the letters obtained June 12 by news outlets, Fairfax’s lawyers ...

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5-hour sentence for carrier who kept 5,000 pieces of mail

NORFOLK (AP) A Norfolk federal judge sentenced a former letter carrier to five hours in jail after she hid more than 5,000 pieces of mail in her house. Toya Worlds told investigators she kept the mail in her home because ...

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Soros-backed candidates topple incumbent prosecutors (access required)

Two veteran Northern Virginia commonwealth’s attorneys were unseated in primary elections June 11 by challengers from within their own party carrying a message of progressive reform and wielding major donations from liberal billionaire George Soros. Parisa Dehghani-Tafti defeated incumbent Commonwealth’s ...

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Law firm’s insurer pays $5M to settle triple fatality (access required)

GOOCHLAND – Insurance companies for a Virginia law firm paid their policy limits totaling $5 million on June 11 to settle three wrongful death lawsuits arising from a highway crash last year blamed on an inattentive lawyer. The lawyer – ...

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Alston is confirmed for federal judgeship (access required)

After a year and a half of delays, Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. is finally about to become a federal judge. The U.S. Senate confirmed Alston for the seat of retired U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce ...

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UVa foundations urge court to preserve secrecy for donors

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Foundations supporting the University of Virginia want the Supreme Court of Virginia to keep agreements with big donors private. Six foundations including those supporting the university’s law and business schools said in a court filing last month that ...

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Lawyer: Decision on Park Police shooting charges could be near

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A lawyer for one of two U.S. Park Police officers who shot and killed a Northern Virginia man after a traffic stop said June 7 that he expects a resolution to the criminal investigation in the next few ...

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Family of Virginia Beach shooting victim wants investigation

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) The family of a victim of last week’s shooting in Virginia Beach is asking the city to release all records about the suspect and start an external investigation, a newspaper reported. Attorney Kevin Martingayle emailed a letter ...

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