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Judge upholds ban on weapons at gun rally in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge has upheld the Virginia governor's ban on all types of weapons at a pro-gun rally planned for next week. The judge's order Thursday came hours after the FBI in Maryland announced the arrest of three men who authorities say are tied to a white supremacist group. A law enforcement official says the men were believed to be planning to attend the rally, scheduled for Monday in Richmond. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss an active investigation. Gov. Ralph Northam had announced the weapons ban on Wednesday as he declared a state of emergency over threats of “armed militia groups storming our Capitol."


FBI arrests 3 alleged white supremacists ahead of gun rally

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — FBI agents have arrested a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist and two other men who authorities say are linked to a violent white supremacist group. The men were believed to be heading to a pro-gun rally next week in Virginia’s capital. A Justice Department news release says the three men are members of The Base. They were arrested Thursday on federal charges in a criminal complaint unsealed in Maryland. A law enforcement official says the men were believed to be planning to attend a pro-gun rally planned for Monday in Richmond. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss an active investigation.


Projects needed to help Virginia Beach fight rising sea

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — An engineering consulting firm says Virginia Beach will have to consider multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects and other efforts to face the threat of sea-level rise. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports the $3.8 million study also points to restricting new development in some parts of the city and purchasing properties in danger of flooding. City Council and the planning commission still need to OK the report, which will serve as a framework for the city’s overall plan. The costs would range from $1.1 billion to $2.4 billion and protect somewhere between 28,000 and 45,000 buildings.


Father of Parkland victim calls for councilman's resignation

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The father of a school shooting victim is calling for the resignation of a Virginia city council member who strapped an assault weapon to his chest during a vote to protect gun rights. Fred Guttenberg's daughter was one of 17 people killed at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. He says Portsmouth Councilman Nathan Clark's actions were “intended to intimidate,” and that his daughter was killed with a similar AR-15 weapon. Clark has defended his actions during Tuesday's vote to declare Portsmouth a “Second Amendment Constitutional City," saying he was “standing up for what is right."


Vote keeps 2 LGBTQ books in district's elementary schools

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Officials in a northern Virginia school district are pushing back against a campaign by conservative parents to withdraw books with LGBTQ characters from elementary schools. The Washington Post reports that a subcommittee of the Loudoun school board voted Wednesday to prevent the removal of two books. They are “Prince & Knight” and “Heather Has Two Mommies.” The subcommittee's decision will stand for at least a year. The vote follows the removal of at least five other books after conservative parents launched an effort against LGBTQ literature in elementary schools.


House committee tackles consumer protections, cybersecurity

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In one of the more modern meeting rooms at the over two centuries old State Capitol, 22 lawmakers gather on Mondays to confront the increasing cybersecurity threats looming over Virginia residents.


Police: Mother charged after baby died with drugs in system

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say a woman has been charged with felony child neglect and endangerment after her baby died with methamphetamines in its system. The Free Lance-Star reported Thursday that Lurissa Rynea Keyes, 24, of Spotsylvania, is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail. It's unclear if she has a lawyer. The baby died in June. Prosecutor Amanda Sweeney said the baby did not have nearly enough drugs in its system to be lethal. But she said enough drugs were in its system to be a factor in the decision to file felony charges.


Report: Policy can be improved at school with abuse history

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A report released by the state attorney general's office found that a New Hampshire prep school rocked by sexual abuse claims is providing support to students but that its policies around investigating a crime and assisting a victim can be improved. The report by a third party is the second on St. Paul’s School following accusations of abuse by 20 former faculty members over several decades. Rather than bringing the charges over the abuse, the attorney general's office entered an agreement with the school to put it under government oversight.