Trial set to begin in case targeting Virginia abortion laws

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit filed by women’s health groups seeking to overturn restrictions on abortion providers in Virginia.The lawsuit is among legal challenges filed in at least a dozen states over what abortion-rights groups call Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers.The trial is scheduled to begin today in federal court in Richmond as a handful of states have recently passed tough new anti-abortion laws, including Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky.The lawsuit challenges four Virginia laws, including a physician-only law that bars nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants from performing first-trimester abortions.Another law requires women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before it is performed.The case will be decided by a judge, not a jury.

Ohio man sues white supremacists over 2017 Virginia rally

From AP: An Ohio man has is suing white supremacists and neo-Nazi protesters in federal court, saying he was severely injured during their rally in Virginia two years ago.Bill Burke of Athens, Ohio, filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Ohio. He says he was struck by the car driven by James Alex Fields Jr., that also killed counterprotester Heather Heyer during the August 2017 protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Fields was convicted of murder and other charges in state court, and pleaded guilty last month to federal hate crimes. He is awaiting sentencing.According to Burke, his physical injuries still require medical treatment and may be permanent, and he has experienced “severe psychological and emotional suffering.”The lawsuit names multiple defendants, including Fields, David Duke and Jason Kessler.

Kaine, Pence on those new abortion restriction laws


Senator Tim Kaine says recent passage of new abortion laws in several states is meant to “criminalize women and doctors”. But pro-life advocates — including Vice President Pence —  say those opposing the laws are diminishing the value of human life. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

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Town of Bedford remembers the high price paid on D-Day

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — Marguerite Cottrell remembers the summer day 75 years ago when a Western Union telegram was delivered to her family farm as her mother was hanging clothes on the line to dry.

Her mother read it, sat down and wept. Cottrell’s older brother, John Reynolds, had been killed in the D-Day invasion of Normandy on the coast of France.

“I knew something bad had happened,” said Cottrell, who was 4. She remembers her mother telling her: “Well, little Jack has gone to heaven. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

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Virginia man gets jail time for asking woman to get in trunk

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A 30-year-old Virginia man has been sentenced to a year in jail for grabbing the wrist of a restaurant employee and asking her to get into the trunk of his car.

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A look inside one of Amazon’s warehouses in Virginia

CHESTER, Va. (AP) — The giant Amazon warehouse in Chesterfield County is constantly bustling with activity. At about 1.2 million square feet — roughly the size of 28 football fields — the fulfillment center stores, packages and ships what Amazon officials would only describe as “tens of millions” of products. More than 10 miles of conveyor belts weave through the building.

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