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Man arrested during Virginia Capitol protest over Northam

Feb. 18, 2019 4:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A protester at the Virginia Capitol has been arrested during a protest against Gov. Ralph Northam. Capitol Police said 23-year-old Patrick Talamantes of Sacramento, California, was charged with vandalism and littering after he tossed a container of red dye in a Capitol fountain. Police...

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...

Court gives final approval to redrawn House map in Virginia

Feb. 14, 2019 2:54 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of judges has given final approval to a redrawn map for the Virginia House of Delegates in a protracted racial gerrymandering case. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the panel's 2-1 ruling Thursday ordered the state to adopt a map created by a court-appointed special...

Fairfax accuser to detail allegations to Boston prosecutors

Feb. 13, 2019 7:05 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A woman who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in Boston nearly 15 years ago will meet with prosecutors to discuss her allegations, her attorney said Wednesday. Vanessa Tyson will meet with members of the Suffolk County district attorney's office to detail her...

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...

Ex-W.Va. Supreme Court justice gets 2 years for corruption

Feb. 13, 2019 5:57 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who had a $32,000 blue suede couch in his office and was at the center of an impeachment and corruption scandal was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday. "I have not seen evidence of remorse," U.S. District Judge John T....

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...