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New sentencing ordered for American who joined Islamic State

Aug. 11, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — An appeals court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for an American who joined the Islamic State and was given 20 years in prison after his capture. When he was sentenced in 2017, Mohamad Khweis was the only American citizen to be convicted in a U.S. jury trial of successfully...

Rising seniors at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology gather on the campus in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. From left in front are, Dinan Elsyad, 17, Sean Nguyen, 16, and Tiffany Ji, 17. From left at rear are, Jordan Lee, 17, and Shibli Nomani, 17. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Elite public schools in Virginia, elsewhere seek diversity

Aug. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology regularly finds itself at the very top of national rankings, an elite public school in the suburbs of the nation's capital for which families start preparing their children as early as kindergarten. For decades,...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, front, gesturers during a news conference as House speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, right, and Secretary of Public safety Brian Moran, left, look on at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. The Virginia Parole Board and its former chairwoman violated state law and its own policies and procedures in granting the release of a man convicted decades ago of killing a Richmond police officer, according to a report from the state's government watchdog agency that was initially withheld from the public. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Officer's killing: Report finds violations in parole case

Aug. 6, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Parole Board and its former chairwoman violated state law and its own policies and procedures in the case of a man convicted decades ago of killing a Richmond police officer, the state's government watchdog agency said in a report initially withheld from the public. ...

An image of George Floyd is projected on a screen in front of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue Tuesday July 28, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Change.org and the George Floyd Foundation officially launched

George Floyd's family gathers in Virginia to unveil hologram

Aug. 6, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The family of George Floyd witnessed the unveiling of a hologram in Virginia on Tuesday night, where flickering lights came together to create an image of Floyd's head and shoulders transposed over the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue. The event in Richmond on historic Monument...

FILE - This Tuesday June 27, 2017, file photo shows the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that stands in the middle of a traffic circle on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va.  A Virginia judge on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 dissolved one injunction but imposed another preventing Virginia's governor from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia gov faces new hurdle in bid to remove Lee statue

Aug. 3, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge dismissed a legal challenge Monday that had been blocking Virginia officials from removing a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the state's capital city, but he immediately imposed another injunction against dismantling the figure. The new 90-day injunction...

Virginia judge lifts 1 injunction, issues another barring removal of Richmond statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee

Aug. 3, 2020 10:48 AM EDT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia judge lifts 1 injunction, issues another barring removal of Richmond statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Dominion overhauls leadership; Farrell stepping down as CEO

Jul. 31, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy on Friday announced a reorganized executive leadership team, including a new CEO. The Richmond, Virginia-based energy company said Thomas Farrell II, currently chairman, president and CEO, will become the company’s executive chair, effective Oct. 1. In that...

Police: 2 assaulted officers near Confederate statue

Jul. 31, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two people were arrested for assaulting officers who were working with a city task force to break up an encampment near a Confederate monument in Richmond, police said. The arrests happened Thursday morning as authorities confiscated tents, chairs, and other items near the statue of...

This photo shows a report provided by the Virginia Office of the State Inspector General to The Associated Press on Thursday, July 30, 2020, in response to an open records request. The report, which details the findings of an investigation into the Virginia Parole Board, was almost entirely redacted by inspector general’s office. (AP Photo/Aaron Jackson)

Watchdog agency redacts findings about Virginia Parole Board

Jul. 30, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's government watchdog agency has investigated complaints about the state Parole Board and found “substantiated” allegations but is publicly withholding further details about its work, citing exemptions in the state open records law. The Office of the State...

Virginia teen gets 35 years in neighbor's hammer bludgeoning

Jul. 29, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia teenager convicted of murder in the claw hammer bludgeoning death of his elderly neighbor has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. Rafael Angel Vargas was sentenced in a Chesterfield County court for what the judge called a crime of extreme brutality, the Richmond...