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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 file photo, Virginia State Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Russell, listens to debate on the floor of the Senate during the session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Virginia Sen. Ben Chafin has died due to coronavirus, Senate Republicans said Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. Chafin represented southwest Virginia and was from Russell County. A Republican, he was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2013 and then moved to the state Senate in 2014. He was 60. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia state Sen. Chafin dies after catching coronavirus

Jan. 2, 2021 9:37 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state Sen. Ben Chafin has died after contracting the coronavirus, Senate Republicans said Friday. Chafin represented southwest Virginia and was from Russell County. A Republican, he was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2013 and then moved to the state Senate in 2014....

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, Travonna Thompson-Wiley, with the Black Action Coalition, speaks at the

Critics of Electoral College push for popular vote compact

Dec. 12, 2020 10:45 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When the Electoral College meets Monday, its detractors hope it marks the beginning of the end of a system that twice this century has vaulted the loser of the popular vote to the presidency. This year's presidential race provides the latest motivation for change to supporters of the...

Taylor's family praises Virginia ban on no-knock warrants

Dec. 7, 2020 6:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two of Breonna Taylor's aunts watched Monday as Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ceremonially signed a statewide ban against the use of no-knock search warrants, a law named after Taylor, a Kentucky woman who was fatally shot when Louisville police broke down her door in the middle of the...