• Ohio Oct 3, 2019

    Virginia Doctor Sentenced to 40 Years in Opioid Case

    A doctor who prosecutors said ran a medical practice in Virginia like an interstate drug distribution ring was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison for illegally prescribing opioids.

  • Ohio Sep 28, 2019

    Doctor Facing Life in Prison for Thousands of Opioid Doses

    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.

  • Donald Trump Aug 3, 2019

    Impeachment Summer? August Town Halls May Decide Next Steps

    It’s freshman lawmakers who will likely decide when, if ever, House Democrats start formal efforts to impeach the president. With half the House Democrats now in favor of beginning an inquiry, the pressure will only mount on the holdouts to reach a tipping point. And with lawmakers returning home to voters during the August recess, what happens next may prove...

  • Attorney Jul 2, 2019

    Girl Recalls Poor Care in Texas Border Station

    For almost two weeks, a 12-year-old migrant girl said she and her 6-year-old sister were held inside a Border Patrol station in Texas where they slept on the floor and some children were locked away when they cried for their parents. She was one of hundreds of migrant children who have been held this year in holding cells at a...

  • Associated Press Jun 2, 2019

    Virginia Beach Shines Light on Victims, Not Mass Shooter

    The victims of America’s latest mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia had been dead for less than a day when police and city officials released a detailed presentation with their names, photos, job titles and the cities or towns in which they lived. Far less was revealed Saturday about the man who authorities say carried out the shootings. There was...

  • Associated Press Jun 2, 2019

    Virginia Beach Shines Light on Victims, Not Mass Shooter

    The victims of America’s latest mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia had been dead for less than a day when police and city officials released a detailed presentation with their names, photos, job titles and the cities or towns in which they lived. Far less was revealed Saturday about the man who authorities say carried out the shootings. There was...

  • Associated Press Jun 1, 2019

    Shooting in Virginia Beach Leaves 13 Dead Including Shooter

    Police in Virginia Beach, Virginia, say 12 people were killed and at least four injured after a shooter opened fire at a municipal center. The shooter also died.

  • Associated Press Jun 2, 2019

    13 Dead, Including Gunman, in Virginia Beach Shooting

    Four were engineers who worked to maintain streets and protect wetlands. Three were right-of-way agents who reviewed property lines. The others included an account clerk, a technician, an administrative assistant and a special projects coordinator. In all, they had served the city of Virginia Beach for more than 150 years. These 11 city employees and one contractor were wiped out...

  • JUDGE May 17, 2019

    Abortion-Rights Groups Challenge Restrictions on Providers

    As abortion opponents cheer the passage of fetal heartbeat laws and other bans on the procedure, abortion-rights groups have been waging a quieter battle in courthouses around the country to overturn less direct restrictions passed in recent years. At least a dozen lawsuits have been filed over the last two years challenging what abortion-rights groups call TRAP laws, Targeted Restrictions...

  • president Apr 24, 2019

    Teacher of the Year Works With Youths in Juvenile Detention

    As a veteran teacher at a troubled high school in Richmond, Virginia, Rodney Robinson wanted to better understand why so many students go directly from school to prison. So he took a job teaching students at a juvenile detention center. Four years later, Robinson has been chosen as the 2019 National Teacher of the Year for his dedication to helping...

  • North Carolina Sep 23, 2018

    NC River Swirls With Gray Muck Near Flooded Coal Ash Dump

    Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence’s floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise through the weekend at the L.V. Sutton Power Station. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn’t...

  • Facebook Sep 13, 2018

    North Carolina's Wild Horses Expected to Survive Hurricane

    For many vacationers on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a trip there is not complete without at least catching a glimpse of the majestic wild horses that roam the islands. As Hurricane Florence approaches, many are expressing concern about how the horses will fare during the powerful Category 4 storm. The Facebook page of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund was peppered...

  • Donald Trump Aug 3, 2018

    With Scant Record, Supreme Court Nominee Elusive on Abortion

    Twice in the past year, Brett Kavanaugh offered glimpses of his position on abortion that strongly suggest he would vote to support restrictions if confirmed to the Supreme Court. One was in a dissent in the case of a 17-year-old migrant seeking to terminate her pregnancy. The other was a speech before a conservative group in which he spoke admiringly...

  • Facebook Mar 12, 2018

    Student Walkout Over Guns Poses Balancing Act for Schools

    As schools around the country brace for student walkouts following the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, principals and superintendents are scrambling to perform a delicate balancing act: How to let thousands of students exercise their First Amendment rights while not disrupting school and not pulling administrators into the raging debate over gun control. Some have taken a hard line, promising...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Appeals Court Declares Trump Travel Ban Unconstitutional

    A federal appeals court has found that President Donald Trump’s latest ban on travelers from six largely Muslim countries is unconstitutional. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that it examined statements made by Trump and other administration officials, as well as the ban itself, and concluded it is “unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam.” The court upheld...

  • Congress Jan 23, 2018

    As Shutdown Eases, Federal Workers Fear Prospect of Another

    The swift steps ending a messy and expensive government shutdown set the stage for hundreds of thousands of federal workers to return Tuesday, but some say they fear they could find themselves in limbo again in a few more weeks. Congress sped toward moving to reopen the government after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations on Monday...

  • Donald Trump Dec 4, 2017

    Fight Over Trump Travel Restrictions Back to Appeals Courts

    For most of the time Syrian refugee Mohammad Al Zayed has been in the United States, judges have been wrestling with the Trump administration’s efforts to impose travel restrictions that he says would keep him from seeing relatives who remain overseas. It’s taken an emotional toll — one that continues this week as two U.S. appeals courts take up the...

  • JUDGE Jun 20, 2017

    What's Next for Woman Convicted of Manslaughter in Suicide?

    The unprecedented manslaughter conviction of a young woman who as a teenager sent text messages encouraging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself seems destined to be appealed after it sparked intense debate over free speech, virtual presence and modern forms of communication.

  • Massachusetts Nov 8, 2017

    Narcan for K-9s? A Tool to Protect Police Dogs on Drug Raids From Overdosing

    Police dogs simply follow their noses to sniff out narcotics. But inhaling powerful opioids can be deadly, so officers have a new tool to protect their four-legged partners: naloxone, a drug that has already been used for years to reverse overdoses in humans. Law enforcement officers have started carrying naloxone with them on drug raids, when K-9s are often sent...

  • Donald Trump May 11, 2017

    ‘Gut Punch': Stunned FBI Agents Grapple With Comey Firing

    FBI agents are still reeling from Director James Comey’s unceremonious dismissal, their surprise at the manner of his ouster coupled with questions about who will next lead the bureau. Many agents working in field offices across the country learned Tuesday about their director’s firing in much the same way he did: from news reports that flashed on television screens and...

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