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Suspect in car attack faces new charge: first degree murder

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The man accused of driving into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces a new charge of first-degree murder after a court hearing Thursday in which prosecutors presented surveillance video and other evidence against him. Prosecutors announced at the start of a preliminary hearing for James Alex Fields that …

Virginia regulators approve carbon cap and trade plan

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia would regulate carbon emissions from power plants and become the first Southern state, its officials say, with a carbon cap-and-trade program under a proposal that won preliminary approval from state regulators Thursday. It’s the most recent example of a state taking steps to address climate change as President Donald Trump’s administration …

New faces to bring new diversity to Virginia lawmakers

RICHMOND, Va. — Danica Roem, a transgender woman whose defeat of an outspoken, socially conservative lawmaker has made news around the world, is just one of several women making history in this week’s Virginia elections. The state House is also getting its first Latina members, its first Asian-American woman delegate and likely its first openly …

Transgender woman wins Virginia House seat, makes history

RICHMOND, Va. — A transgender candidate defeated an incumbent Virginia lawmaker Tuesday who sponsored a bill that would have restricted which bathrooms she could use. Democrat Danica Roem, a former journalist, is set to make history as the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature in the United States. She unseated …

Democrats come close to retaking Virginia House

RICHMOND, Va. — Democrats nearly wiped out Republicans’ overwhelming majority on Election Day in the Virginia House of Delegates, with a handful of races that will decide control of the body remaining too close to call. Democrats picked up at least 13 of the 17 seats on Tuesday they would need to retake the chamber …

Judge weighs fate of Charlottesville Confederate monument

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A judge in Virginia heard arguments but didn’t issue a final ruling Friday on whether a lawsuit over Charlottesville’s decision to remove the Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white nationalist rally should proceed. After a hearing on a motion by city attorneys to dismiss the lawsuit, the judge sided with …

Charlottesville votes to shroud statues after the violence

The Charlottesville City Council voted to drape two Confederate statues in black fabric during a chaotic meeting packed with irate residents who screamed and cursed at councillors over the city’s response to a white nationalist rally. The anger at Monday night’s meeting, during which three people were arrested, forced the council to abandon its agenda …

3 dead, dozens injured, amid violent white nationalist rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—A car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods Saturday as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally. The violent day left three dead, dozens injured and this usually quiet college town a bloodied symbol of the nation’s roiling racial and political divisions. The chaos …

Jefferson Muzzle ‘awards’ take aim at free speech offenders

  RICHMOND, Va. — A Tennessee sheriff accused of deleting atheists’ comments on a county Facebook page, a school chief who dismissed a teacher who stepped on the American flag in class, and the U.S. Senate for a bill targeting speech on college campuses are among the winners of the Jefferson Muzzles — satiric awards …

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