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EXPLAINER: Can cops stop drivers for hanging air fresheners?

The mother of a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by Minnesota police this week says it all started when police pulled her son over for having air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror....

Daunte Wright, slain by police, known as jokester, young dad

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A few years ago, Daunte Wright was talking to a high school mentor about what to do if he was pulled over by police. “Make sure your hands are on top of the steer...

Daunte Wright: Doting dad, ballplayer, slain by police

Daunte Wright became a father while he was still a teenager, and seemed to relish the role of a doting young dad, his family and friends said. A family photo shows a beaming Wright h...

Lawsuit targets Virginia's policies on transgender students

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A faith-based conservative group filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Virginia's new state guidelines on the treatment of transgender students in public schools, alleging the polic...

Virginia lawmakers ban police use of facial recognition

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Last month, Virginia lawmakers quietly passed one of the most restrictive bans in the country on the use of facial recognition technology. The legislation, whic...

Virginia House speaker calls for July marijuana legalization

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's House speaker on Friday said she supports moving up the date for legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana in Virginia to this summer, a key change pushed by advoc...

Virginia governor restores voting rights to 69k ex-felons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday that he has restored voting rights to more than 69,000 former felons who have completed their sentences but are still on probation. ...

Watchdog investigator files lawsuit over parole board case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An employee of Virginia's government watchdog agency filed a lawsuit Monday seeking whistleblower status and alleging she faced retaliation after coming forward with details of pe...

Virginia lawmakers down to the wire on key marijuana bill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers were expected to vote Saturday on a bill that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use in 2024, but negotiations were running down to the wire. ...

Jill Biden says health inequities have lasted 'far too long'

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — During a visit to a cancer center Wednesday, first lady Jill Biden said health disparities have hurt communities of color “for far too long” and “it’s about time” the country got ...

Repeal of Virginia's death penalty headed to governor's desk

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill that will end capital punishment in Virginia, a dramatic turnaround for a state that has executed more people in its history t...

Virginia lawmakers pass marijuana legalization bills

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation Friday that would legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, with retail sales starting several years down th...

Virginia Senate approves measure rebuking Amanda Chase

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate on Wednesday approved a measure rebuking one of its most far-right members for a “pattern of unacceptable conduct," including an allegation that she voiced sup...

Virginia bill would end civil commitment of sex offenders

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Democratic lawmakers are spearheading a push to repeal a decades-old law that allows the state to hold certain sex offenders at psychiatric facilities indefinitely af...

Drug dealer convicted in 7 killings could face execution

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It was one of the worst bursts of gang violence Richmond had ever seen. At least 11 people were killed in a 45-day period in 1992, all at the hands of gang members who eliminated ...