Herring files suit against Roanoke robocallers

From Attorney General Mark Herring: Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today he has filed suit against two Roanoke-based telemarketing companies, and Roanoke resident Bryant Cass, for illegal robocalling and deceptive sales practices.

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Virginia lawmaker among those at classified UFO briefing

Virginia US Senator Mark Warner was one of a handful of lawmakers that received a classified briefing last week about Unidentified Flying Objects – or UFOs. WLNI’s Ian Price has more:

06-24 UFO Briefing WRAP

GOP picks challenger over incumbent in House seat fight

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Republican Party of Virginia’s top committee is backing a hardline conservative over a longtime incumbent in a pitched nomination battle for a state House seat.The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the GOP’s State Central Committee voted Saturday to affirm Scott Wyatt as the party’s nominee over Del. Chris Peace.Some conservatives want Peace out of his Richmond-area seat after he voted last year to expand Medicaid.Previously, Wyatt claimed victory after a local convention picked him while Peace said he was the legitimate nominee after winning a modified primary contest.Peace slammed Saturday’s vote but did not indicate whether he plans to sue or run as an independent.The committee also decided to pick the GOP nominee for the 2020 U.S. Senate race via a primary instead of a convention.

Sentencing looms in Charlottesville attack; man seeks mercy

James Fields, Jr.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The self-avowed white supremacist who plowed his car into counterdemonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence shorter than life in prison.

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Party bus did not have legal permit when woman fell to death

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials say a party bus was operating without proper permits when a woman fell out of it last year and died.The Virginian-Pilot reports that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles says the bus that Kisha Marrow-Lott fell out of during a bachelorette party was not “a legal passenger carrier.” Unauthorized operators are common in the party bus and limo industry.State police say the bus was entering an interstate when Marrow-Lott fell from the bus. She died at the scene.The 37-year-old was a mother of two teenagers. Prosecutors called Marrow-Lott’s death an accident and have not pursued criminal charges.

Virginia lawmaker thinks his gun control idea has a chance

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republican Del. David Yancey says he thinks his gun control idea tackles the problem from a new angle and could gain bi-partisan support in July’s special session .On the heels of the Virginia Beach mass shooting in May, Virginia lawmakers will convene for a special session on gun control July 9.The Virginian-Pilot reports Yancey wants to bring a federal procedure to the state level that would crack down on illegal firearms trading. The national procedure, called Rule 35, encourages prisoners to tell police if they know who’s selling stockpiles of stolen guns. According to the federal policy, if those offenders then give police information that could bring the criminals to justice, a judge could slash the inmates’ sentences.Yancey says his idea won’t infringe on Second Amendment rights.