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Date set for session on guns after Virginia Beach shooting

(AP) The governor has set a July 9 start date for a special legislative session on gun-related legislation after last week’s deadly shooting rampage in Virginia Beach. Gov. Ralph Northam announced the date June 7. The Democratic governor says the ...

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Closing arguments made in abortion law trial

(AP) A federal judge in Richmond is being asked to decide whether four Virginia abortion laws create mere inconveniences or undue burdens for women seeking abortions. During closing arguments June 6 in a lawsuit challenging the laws, an attorney for ...

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Judges take divergent views on federal Riot Act

Taking an opposing view from that of a Virginia federal judge, a judge in California has dismissed charges of inciting violence against three alleged members of a white supremacist group. The judge found the defendants’ actions amounted to constitutionally protected ...

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Northam launches effort to remove discriminatory laws

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill striking Jim Crow-era exceptions from Virginia’s minimum-wage law, and he formed a commission to find other discriminatory language in state laws and regulations. The bill the Democrat signed June 4 eliminates an ...

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Police thwarted by electronic doors during shooting

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Police responding to the deadly mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building were unable to confront the gunman at one point because they didn’t have the key cards needed to open doors on the second floor. ...

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Veteran prosecutors face challengers bent on reform

FAIRFAX (AP) For decades they’ve been fixtures in Northern Virginia courthouses: longtime prosecutors who made their names and earned public trust with successful convictions of serial killers and snipers. Now, though, a national reform movement emphasizing the rights of defendants ...

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Chesapeake’s Judge Olds to retire (access required)

Chesapeake’s longest serving juvenile and domestic relations judge says she will retire effective July 1. Judge Eileen A. Olds made history in 1995 when she became one of two first African-American judges named that year and became the first female ...

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Man shot in his home by police sues for $12M (access required)

A Lynchburg accountant severely injured when he was shot by a police officer in his home is suing the officers in federal court for $12 million. Walker T. Sigler says two Lynchburg officers violated his civil rights and acted with ...

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Northam to call special session on gun control

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Gov. Ralph Northam will recall lawmakers to the state Capitol in coming weeks to take up a package of gun-control legislation he said is urgently needed to prevent killings like the May 31 mass shooting in Virginia ...

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Attorney recovering after DUI gets VSB reprimand, monitoring (access required)

An attorney who struggled with alcohol-related issues for more than two years after a 2015 DUI arrest has been allowed to continue to practice law, under threat of suspension for any other missteps. A panel of the Virginia State Bar ...

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