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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

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Federal appeals court considers capital murderer's age for parole eligibility

A serial rapist and capital murderer who escaped a death sentence because of his age is now challenging his life-without-parole sentence before a federal appeals court.

Rocket explosion stuns, worries Eastern Shore residents

The catastrophic liftoff explosion of an unmanned commercial supply rocket stunned Eastern Shore residents who worried about the safety of friends and family who work for NASA.

Gun found in carry-on bag at Roanoke airport

Federal authorities say a loaded handgun was found in a carry-on bag at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

Motorcyclist killed in Gloucester wreck

A motorcyclist was fatally injured late Tuesday when he was thrown from his bike after running off U.S. 17 in Gloucester County, Virginia State Police said.

Brat, Trammell hold cordial debate at Randolph-Macon

Candidates aired their differences on various issues including health care, the federal response to Ebola, immigration and the minimum wage.

Appeals court hears arguments on segregation of death row inmates

Federal appeals court judges Tuesday asked tough questions of both sides in a case stemming from the living conditions of Virginia death row inmates who are automatically kept in segregation.

Schapiro: GOP divisions aren't helping Democrats - yet

Virginia Republicans are sharply divided on the most volatile topics of the day: taxes, redistricting and ethics. Out-numbered, out-maneuvered and out-gunned, Democrats won’t be capitalizing on these fissures any time soon, at least at the legislative level.

Gillespie ad ribs Warner on Redskins name bill

Ed Gillespie, the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, picked the Redskins-Cowboys clash on Monday Night Football to go after Sen. Mark R. Warner for his silence on a Senate proposal that would force the NFL to pressure the Washington Redskins to change their name.

Legislature will reconvene Nov. 10

The Virginia General Assembly will reconvene Nov. 10 to consider the appointment of judges and take action on a governor’s amendment to the state budget.

UVa law school plays strong role in Supreme Court cases

The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted a petition from the University of Virginia’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic to hear a case that will help determine how newly convicted felons should get rid of their firearms — the third the court has accepted from U.Va. professors and students for its 2014-15 term.

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