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Matthew A. Ward

Virginia executes convicted murderer who wanted the death penalty

Jan 16 2013

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia A man who admitted to strangling two fellow prison inmates and threatened to continue killing until he received the death penalty was executed in Virginia on Wednesday, the first time the state has used the electric chair in nearly three years.

Virginia set to execute inmate who opted for electric chair

Jan 15 2013

PORTSMOUTH, Va., Jan 15 Virginia plans to use its electric chair on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three years to execute an inmate who pleaded guilty to two prison murders and threatened to continue killing until he received the death penalty.

Virginia governor seeks to soften voter ID legislation

Apr 11 2012

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia Virginia's Republican Governor Bob McDonnell introduced amendments on Tuesday to soften controversial legislation requiring voters to present valid identification to cast a ballot in elections.

Virginia Tech loses wrongful death case from 2007 rampage

Mar 14 2012

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia A jury on Wednesday found Virginia Tech negligent in the 2007 massacre at the university by being slow to issue a campus warning as the shooting spree unfolded, and recommended that the families of two slain students be awarded $4 million each.

Virginia lawmakers drop home invasion self-defense bill for now

Mar 08 2012

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia Virginia lawmakers abandoned efforts on Wednesday to expand the right of homeowners to use deadly force against any intruders amid fierce opposition from critics, but vowed to take the issue up again next year.

Virginia Governor signs controversial abortion bill

Mar 07 2012

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia Virginia's Republican Governor Bob McDonnell signed a law on Wednesday that requires women to have an ultrasound before an abortion but which left out a controversial requirement for a more invasive vaginal probe.

Virginia school retreats from proposed cross-dressing ban

Mar 06 2012

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia A Virginia school district backed down from a plan to ban cross-gender dress by students after civil liberties and gay rights groups criticized the measure, and one threatened to sue.

Ultrasound mandate heads to Virginia governor's desk

Mar 02 2012

PORTSMOUTH, Va Virginia's Republican governor is poised to sign a law forcing women to have an ultrasound before an abortion after state lawmakers approved amendments on Thursday, sending the measure to his desk.

Ultrasound mandate heads to Virginia governor's desk

Mar 01 2012

PORTSMOUTH, Va Virginia's Republican governor is poised to sign a law forcing women to have an ultrasound before an abortion after state lawmakers approved amendments on Thursday, sending the measure to his desk.

Virginia Senate approves voter ID bill over objections

Feb 27 2012

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia The Virginia state Senate approved a measure on Monday that would require a valid identification for a voter to cast a ballot in elections, the latest controversial proposal Republicans have pushed in Virginia since gaining seats in the 2011 election.

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