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Virginia Gov. McAuliffe orders review of state’s ‘extreme and punitive’ abortion clinic rules

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, on Monday ordered a review of “extreme and punitive” state health rules that make it harder to operate abortion clinics, saying he would protect women’s rights to make health decisions. The review by the state Board of…

Virginia train crash and explosion sends crude oil spilling into James River

By Selam Gebrekidan NEW YORK (Reuters) – A CSX Corp train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia, on Wednesday, spilling oil into the James River and forcing hundreds to evacuate. In its second oil-train accident this year, CSX said 15 cars of a train…

Virginia court allows company to identify anonymous Yelp critics

Dangerous Ruling In Virginia Allows Cleaning Company To Identify Anonymous Yelp Critics (via Techdirt) Last year, we wrote about a troubling case in Virginia, in which a cleaning company, Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, sued seven anonymous Yelp reviewers in an attempt to discover who they were. Hadeed did not dispute the…

Rescue teams search for crew members of Navy helicopter that crashed off coast of Virginia

A US Navy helicopter crashed off the coast of Virginia on Wednesday and rescue teams were searching for one of its crew members, a military official said. The MH-53E Sea Dragon went down “off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia” at about 11:30 am local time (1630 GMT) during”routine training,” said a…

ACLU files suit challenging Virginia same sex marriage ban

On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit in the state of Virginia challenging that state’s ban on same sex marriages. According to a press release on the ACLU website, the organization was joined in the suit by the Virginia ACLU and LGBT legal defense organization Lambda Legal.…

Virginia state house and senate pass bills limiting acceptable types of ID for voting

On Tuesday, Virginia state senators voted along party lines to reduce the types of ID considered acceptable for voting in the state’s elections. According to the Lynchburg News and Advance, the evenly divided senate got a tie-breaking vote from Republican Lieutenant Gov. Bill Bolling. If Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) passes…

Video shows man beaten, stripped and robbed by Baltimore crowd

A tourist was recently accosted by a crowd of people in Baltimore, Maryland after they spotted an expensive watch on his wrist, in an incident that was caught on tape and is now receiving national attention. The assault occurred the morning after St. Patrick’s Day, but the victim has not…

F-18 fighter jet crashes into apartment complex

On Friday afternoon, a Navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Virginia during a training mission. Fortunately, there have been no reported deaths due to the crash, which damaged at least 40 apartments. Navy officials said the F-18 fighter jet experienced a “catastrophic mechanical malfunction” shortly…

Jury finds VA Tech negligent in shooting deaths

A jury in Christiansberg, Virginia has ruled that officials at Virginia Tech were negligent on April 16, 2007, the day of the infamous shooting rampage that left 32 people dead and 25 injured, according to a report from ABC affiliate station WJLA. The jury of seven was given the case…

Riot gear police arrest 31 silent protesters in Virginia

Capitol hill police in Richmond, Virginia arrested 31 protesters Saturday afternoon during their silent demonstration against the state’s controversial ultrasound bill passing the General Assembly. Police were outfitted in riot gear to monitor the nearly 500 protesters and took those who would not leave the capital steps into custody. WATCH:…

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