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Second Fairfax accuser is intensely private single mother

Feb. 14, 2019 7:31 PM EST

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — The Maryland woman who has accused Democratic Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of raping her while they were students at Duke University in 2000 is a single mother who values her privacy, worked for several years as a school fundraiser and had a sometime-turbulent personal life,...

Virginia governor asks lawmakers to focus on budget 'equity'

Feb. 14, 2019 5:28 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam asked lawmakers Thursday to pass a state budget that has a "greater focus on issues of equity" as he tries to move past a blackface scandal that nearly ended his governorship. Northam met with a group of state legislators to discuss the budget and...

Virginia Democrats' scandals puts spotlight on GOP speaker

Feb. 13, 2019 6:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Virginia's top Democrats mired in scandal, the fourth man in line to become governor is keeping a low profile even as his status rises. Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox, a soft-spoken retired public school teacher, could play a key role in determining the fates of the three...

Northam postpones Black History Month reception amid fallout

Feb. 13, 2019 3:05 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's administration has postponed a reception to celebrate Black History Month as the governor continues to deal with the fallout from a racist yearbook photo. Northam spokeswoman Ofirah Yheskel said the reception has been moved from Wednesday to later this...

Fairfax accuser speaks out on abuse at Stanford #MeToo panel

Feb. 13, 2019 2:45 PM EST

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — A college professor avoided talking directly about her accusation that Virginia's lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her, but she talked in detail about her research and thoughts on the growing number of women reporting abuse. "One thing that I notice with sexual violence is...

Politician's accuser speaks about issue of sexual assault

Feb. 12, 2019 11:42 PM EST

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — On Tuesday night, college professor Vanessa Tyson avoided talking directly about her accusation that Virginia's lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her, but she wasn't shy about publicly discussing her research and thoughts on the growing number of women reporting abuse. "One...

How Virginia's top 3 leaders are handling scandals

Feb. 12, 2019 4:32 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — All three of Virginia's top elected officials remain in office despite varying calls for their ouster amid scandals involving blackface costumes and sexual-assault allegations. But each has taken a slightly different path forward. Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring...

The Latest: Fairfax accuser's lawyer urges public hearing

Feb. 12, 2019 2:26 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on scandals involving Virginia's Democratic leaders (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The lawyer representing one of the women who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault is urging state lawmakers not to delay a public hearing on the matter. Attorney Nancy...

Clamor for ouster of top Democrats slows in Virginia

Feb. 11, 2019 6:27 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The clamor for the resignation of Virginia's top two politicians seemed to die down Monday, with some black community leaders forgiving Gov. Ralph Northam over the blackface furor and calling for a fair hearing for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on the sexual assault allegations against him....

Historians challenge Northam's 'indentured servants' remark

Feb. 11, 2019 1:12 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Historians say they were "shocked" and "mystified" when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wrongly used the term "indentured servants" Sunday in reference to the first Africans to arrive in English North America 400 years ago. Most historians abandoned use of the term in the 1990s after...