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Virginia counties approve ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries’

Nov. 21, 2019 7:44 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Local officials in a handful of Virginia counties have voted to honor and defend gun rights by declaring their counties to be “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.” The movement has spread in Virginia since the Nov. 5 election, when Democrats gained majority control of both the...

Virginia judge stops 2nd term attempt amid clerk opposition

Nov. 21, 2019 4:57 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has withdrawn his application to be reappointed amid mounting opposition by clerks who say his reappointment would force courtrooms to operate without them. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports clerks in Judge Robert B. Beasley Jr.’s home district began...

Investigators question NC governor’s pipeline fund actions

Nov. 20, 2019 8:04 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper appears to have “improperly used the authority and influence of his office” to pressure natural gas pipeline builders to agree to a $57.8 million mitigation fund under his control, private investigators reported Wednesday. The...

Virginia supervisors designate county as gun sanctuary

Nov. 20, 2019 2:01 PM EST

CHATHAM, Va. (AP) — A board of supervisors in Virginia has voted to designate its county as a Second Amendment sanctuary. The Danville Register & Bee reports the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday night to adopt the designation. Nearly all of the audience of 150...

Virginia officials consider gun sanctuary designation

Nov. 19, 2019 6:24 PM EST

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Supervisors in a Virginia county are considering a proposal to declare it a Second Amendment sanctuary. The Danville Register & Bee reports the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors was scheduled to vote on Tuesday on whether or not to approve a proposed resolution. The move is...

Republican asks for recount in Virginia House race

Nov. 18, 2019 4:32 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates is asking for a recount after official results show him losing by less than 30 votes. Rep. Chris Stolle said on Monday that he has requested a recount after the State Board of Elections certified that he lost to Democrat Nancy Guy...

Democrats’ Southern victories could affect redistricting

Nov. 18, 2019 2:25 PM EST

The re-election victory by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards over the weekend has assured Democrats of an all-important place at the table when political maps are redrawn after the 2020 census for future elections to Congress and the state Legislature. Edwards’ narrow triumph on Saturday marked the third...

Va. health department reports rise in meth overdose deaths

Nov. 18, 2019 9:57 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Health officials in Virginia say the number of fatal overdoses from methamphetamine use has risen over the past three years. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner says deadly meth overdoses rose from 88 people in...

Police: Driver fell asleep and crashed into patrol car

Nov. 18, 2019 9:47 AM EST

WINDSOR, Va. (AP) — Police say that a driver fell asleep at the wheel before his or her car struck a deputy’s patrol car in Virginia. The deputy suffered non-life-threatening injuries but was flown by helicopter to a hospital. Virginia State Police said in a press release that the crash occurred...

Authorities: 19 hospitalized after bus hits tractor trailer

Nov. 17, 2019 10:18 AM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say more than a dozen people have been hospitalized in Virginia after a commercial bus hit an overturned tractor trailer on Interstate 64. Citing Virginia State Police, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 19 people were brought to hospitals after the Sunday morning...