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Recent articles by Denise:

Appeals court to hold rehearing on Trump hotel lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court will reconsider a ruling from a three-judge panel that threw out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel. The Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Tuesday to hold a hearing before the full court of 15 judges. Arguments are scheduled for Dec. 12. In a… → Read More

Appeals court to hold rehearing on Trump hotel lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court will reconsider a ruling from a three-judge panel that threw out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency... → Read More

Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers had prescribed about a half a million doses of... → Read More

Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers → Read More

Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers had prescribed about a half a million doses of highly addictive opioids in two years. Patients from five states drove hundreds of miles to see him, spending up to 16 hours […] → Read More

Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers had prescribed about a half a million doses of highly addictive opioids in two years. Patients from five states drove hundreds of miles to see him, spending up to 16 hours on the road to get prescriptions for oxycodone and other powerful… → Read More

Doctor facing life in prison for thousands of opioid doses

A doctor who authorities say ran what amounted to an interstate drug distribution ring faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced next month → Read More

Judge's stern barks at dogfighting defendants prompt appeals

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The judge didn't mince words when it came time to sentence five North Carolina men in an illegal dogfighting operation that involved more than 150 pit bulls. "Either the dogs have to be eliminated from the world or the people who fight the dogs or both, but there needs to be an intervention by the law and it's going to start here," U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle said.… → Read More

Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide

An AP review of records shows that nearly half of the 50 inmates who took their own lives in Virginia jails over the past five years did so within the first 10 days. → Read More

Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Benjamin Wash had a long history of drug addiction and had tried to kill himself at least once before he was booked into the Riverside Regional Jail in Virginia on Nov. 28, 2017. But somehow, he was able to hang himself with a bedsheet two days after he was detained. Wash was one of 51 inmates who killed themselves in Virginia jails over the past five years. An Associated… → Read More

Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide

Associated Press analysis: Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide → Read More

Virginia joins states suing owners of Purdue Pharma

The lawsuit alleges that for years, Purdue marketed its prescription opioids as safe, effective and having a low risk of addiction. → Read More

Appeals court reinstates lawsuit in SC church shooting case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A lawsuit over a faulty background check that allowed a South Carolina man to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a Charleston church was reinstated Friday by a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling from a lower court judge who threw out the claims brought by relatives of people killed… → Read More

Impeachment summer? August town halls may decide next steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Democratic Rep. Andy Kim came face to face with impeachment fervor at a town hall in New Jersey. "Do your job!" shouted one voter. Several states away, a woman... → Read More

Impeachment summer? August town halls may decide next steps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Freshman Democratic Rep. Andy Kim came face to face with impeachment fervor at a town hall in New Jersey. "Do your job!" shouted one voter. Several states away, a woman held up a copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report and told freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin at a Michigan town hall she hoped she would "be the person that puts us over the top to start an impeachment… → Read More

Muslim Virginia lawmaker heckles Trump at Jamestown speech

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) - A heckler who interrupted a speech by President Donald Trump during Tuesday's commemoration of 400 years of American democracy is a new Muslim lawmaker from Virginia angered by the president's race-related rhetoric. Del. Ibraheem Samirah, a 27-year-old Democrat, held up three laminated protest signs at Trump's appearance in Jamestown that said: "Deport Hate," ''Reunite My… → Read More

US appeals court sides with Trump in lawsuit involving hotel

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel, handing Trump a significant legal victory on Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned the ruling of a federal judge in Maryland who said the lawsuit… → Read More

US appeals court sides with Trump in lawsuit involving hotel

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals courtthrew outa lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump ofillegally profiting off the presidencythrough his luxury Washington hotel, handing Trump a significant legal victory on Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned the ruling of a federal judge in Maryland who said the lawsuit could move forward. → Read More

Lawyers ask judge to order white nationalist to stop threats

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in connection with a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, asked a judge Tuesday to order one of the men who participated in the violence to stop making "unlawful threats" against the plaintiffs and their lead attorney. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville, lawyers for 10 people… → Read More

Lawyers ask judge to order white nationalist to stop threats

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attorneys who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in connection with a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, asked a judge Tuesday to order one of the men who participated in the violence to stop making "unlawful threats" against the plaintiffs and their lead attorney. In a motion filed in U. S. → Read More