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  • Thursday January 19th, 2017
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A group of Virginia lawmakers says there is bipartisan support for reforming the state’s mental health care system and the way inmates receive treatment. Several lawmakers held a news conference Wednesday to discuss reform measures put forward this session. They were joined by family members of Jamycheal Mitchell, who suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and died in a Portsmouth jail after ...
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  • Thursday January 19th, 2017
    JARRATT, Va. — A man convicted of killing a couple and their two young daughters in their Virginia home on New Year’s Day 2006 was put to death Wednesday. Virginia authorities said 39-year-old inmate Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. following a lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt.  Asked if he had any final words before the death sentence was ...
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  • Wednesday January 18th, 2017
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A record number of people visited Virginia state parks in 2016. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced Tuesday that park attendance rose 12 percent from the year before, with more than 10 million visitors. State officials credited good weather, lower gas prices and a year-long celebration of the parks’ 80th anniversary for the uptick in visitors. Virginia has 37 state parks, including the newly opened ...
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  • Wednesday January 18th, 2017
    Delegate Margaret Ransone has provided an update for the first week of the 2017 General Assembly. Ransone was re-appointed to the committees on Commerce and Labor, Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources, and Privileges and Elections as well as Chair of the Elections subcommittee. She continues to also serve on the Chesapeake subcommittee. She says she is looking forward to highlighting several bills that she has ...
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  • Wednesday January 18th, 2017
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is planning to execute a man convicted of killing a well-known family of four in their Richmond home on New Year’s Day 2006. Thirty-nine-year-old Ricky Gray is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Gray’s attorneys have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put his execution on hold so he can pursue his challenge to the state’s lethal injection ...
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  • Tuesday January 17th, 2017
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A year after a rare compromise on gun legislation, a more familiar standoff seems likely at the Virginia General Assembly. Advocates both for gun control and gun rights swarmed the Capitol Monday to advocate for and against gun-related legislation. Gun rights advocates are pushing for fewer restrictions on where guns can be carried, including in schools. Gun control advocates want universal background checks ...
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  • Tuesday January 17th, 2017
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – Republican Ed Gillespie has launched his campaign for Virginia governor with a pledge to jump-start the state’s economy, in part by cutting taxes. The former Republican National Committee chairman is making a series of appearances around the state. His first three stops on Saturday were in Chantilly, Richmond and Virginia Beach. Gillespie narrowly lost a U.S. Senate bid against Democrat Mark Warner ...
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