Third man guilty in beating of black man in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A third man has been found guilty in the beating of a black man who was left severely injured the day of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
News outlets report that 19-year-old Daniel Borden of Ohio entered an Alford plea Monday to a charge of malicious wounding in the attack on DeAndre Harris.
The plea means Borden did not admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

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Virginia leaders propose spending plan that expands Medicaid

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Top Republican lawmakers in Virginia are unveiling a new budget proposal that will expand Medicaid, give state workers raises and boost the state’s rainy-day fund.  Sen. Emmett Hanger and Republican Del. Chris Jones unveiled their plan Monday.  The plan will face its first big hurdle Tuesday when the Senate reconvenes. Republican leaders in the Senate oppose Medicaid expansion and could try and block Hanger and Jones’ proposed budget.  Republicans are currently split on whether to expand Medicaid after years of near unified opposition. The disagreement has led to a lengthy stalemate on the state budget.  State government will shut down July 1 if no budget is passed.

High court to hear challenge to Virginia uranium mining ban

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to Virginia’s decades-old ban on uranium mining. The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear the challenge to the ban, which has been in place in 1982. The ban’s challengers are the owners of a massive uranium deposit in the state’s Pittsylvania County. It is the largest known deposit of uranium in the United States. The deposit’s owners had attempted to get state lawmakers to overturn the ban between 2008 and 2013. When that failed, they challenged the ban in federal court. But lower courts sided with the state. The federal government had urged the Supreme Court to take the case. Virginia asked it not to.

NASA shipper Orbital ATK launches space station supplies

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – One of NASA’s prime shippers, Orbital ATK, has launched a fresh load of supplies to the International Space Station.  The Antares rocket blasted off from Wallops Island, Virginia, before dawn Monday, treating early risers along the East Coast to a cosmic light show, at least where skies were clear. The 7,400-pound shipment – a third of it research – should reach the orbiting lab Thursday.  The Cygnus capsule holds a student cement-mixing experiment, as well as an atom-cooling chamber from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory that uses lasers to get temperatures colder than even space itself. There’s also equipment for a spacewalk next month.  Named for the swan constellation, the Cygnus is making Orbital ATK’s ninth contracted delivery for NASA. SpaceX is NASA’s other supplier.

Appeals court: pardons render resentencing hearing moot

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court says a man who received two partial pardons from Virginia governors is not entitled to further judicial review.

Travion Blount was initially sentenced to six life terms for his role in a 2006 Norfolk house-party robbery he committed when he was 15 years old.

But then-Gov. Bob McDonnell issued a partial pardon reducing the prison sentence to 40 years. Earlier this year, outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe cut the sentence even further, to 14 years.

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Protesters seek answers on death of man shot in police chase

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of protesters are seeking answers about the death of a northern Virginia man who was shot and killed by U.S. Park Police after a brief car chase.

Family and friends of 25-year-old Bijan Ghaisar of McLean marched in Washington Saturday and rallied outside the Justice Department. Saturday marked six months since Ghaisar was shot after a minor car crash on the George Washington Parkway followed by a police chase.

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UPDATE: Names released of 10 killed in school attack

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the mass shooting at a Texas high school (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Authorities have released the names of the 10 people who were killed in the mass shooting at a Texas high school.

The Galveston County medical examiner’s office and sheriff’s office issued a statement Saturday listing those killed as: Glenda Perkins; Cynthia Tisdale; Kimberly Vaughan; Shana Fisher; Angelique Ramirez; Christian Riley Garcia; Jared Black; Sabika Sheikh; Christopher Jake Stone; and Aaron Kyle McLeod.

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Jimmy Carter gently jabs Trump at Liberty commencement

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter started his commencement address at Liberty University in Virginia with a gentle jab at President Donald Trump.

Carter’s speech Saturday came a year after Trump spoke to Liberty graduates.

Carter began by noting the crowd was even bigger than 2017.

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Lynchburg man in custody after shots fired incident

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From Lynchburg Police: On May 19, 2018 at 4:18 a.m., officers of the Lynchburg Police Department responded to 4602 Hartford St, for a report of shots fired.

When officers arrived on scene, they determined that an argument among family members and acquaintances had ensued inside the above listed residence which escalated when a male suspect brandished a handgun and fired shots at the victim.

No one was struck by the gunfire and no injuries were reported.
LPD Criminal Investigations and Forensics Units responded to assist with the investigation.

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Virginia House to reconvene in hopes of passing budget

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Virginia House of Delegates plans to reconvene next week in hopes of being able to finalize a state budget.  GOP Speaker Kirk Cox announced Thursday that the House would gavel in on May 23.  Cox said he expects the Senate to have passed a state budget by then for the House to consider.  The Senate is set to meet on May 22, but it’s unclear whether it will pass a budget that day.  Republican lawmakers in both chambers are currently split on whether to include Medicaid expansion in the state budget. The disagreement has led to a lengthy stalemate on the spending plan.  State government will shut down July 1 if no budget is passed.

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