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Pace of death sentences, executions slows in Virginia

Pace of death sentences, executions slows in Virginia

May 3rd, 2015 1:55 pm by LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press

Virginia, which once operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation, has sent only six people to death row in the past nine years after sending 40 over the previous eight years.

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100 Tennessee seniors will not graduate after prank goes too far

100 Tennessee seniors will not graduate after prank goes too far

May 2nd, 2015 4:45 pm by Associated Press

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. - One hundred Sequoyah High School seniors are not being allowed to graduate and a school resource officer has been fired after a senior prank got out of control.

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Prosecutor charges 6 Baltimore officers in Gray's death

Prosecutor charges 6 Baltimore officers in Gray's death

May 1st, 2015 11:16 am by Associated Press

State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the stiffest charge -- second-degree depraved heart murder -- against the driver of the police van. Other officers faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest.

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Rural hospitals struggle to stay open, adapt to changes

Rural hospitals struggle to stay open, adapt to changes

May 1st, 2015 10:33 am by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

A total of 50 hospitals in the rural U.S. have closed since 2010, and the pace has been accelerating, with more closures in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined

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More Americans spending at least half their pay on housing

More Americans spending at least half their pay on housing

May 1st, 2015 10:32 am by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

For more than one in four renters, housing and utilities consume at least half their family income, according to an analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing.

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Records show worries over Baltimore officer's mental health

Records show worries over Baltimore officer's mental health

May 1st, 2015 10:31 am by JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press; JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press; AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Pre

The top Baltimore city police officer suspended following Freddie Gray's death was hospitalized in April 2012 following concerns about his mental health, according to records from a sheriff's department and court obtained by The Associated Press

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Ex-Christie ally to plead guilty in traffic jam case

Ex-Christie ally to plead guilty in traffic jam case

May 1st, 2015 10:30 am by JILL COLVIN, Associated Press; JOSH CORNFIELD, Associated Press

A former loyalist to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrived at court Friday to plead guilty to charges related to creating a traffic jam near the George Washington Bridge for political purposes

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Lee County completes purchase of hospital from Wellmont

Lee County completes purchase of hospital from Wellmont

May 1st, 2015 7:59 am by Nick Shepherd

The Lee County Hospital Authority is aiming to have partial services, like the emergency room, open by mid-November. It would likely be a couple of years before the hospital is fully operational.

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Haslam signs measure for lifetime handgun-carry permit

Haslam signs measure for lifetime handgun-carry permit

May 1st, 2015 7:38 am by Associated Press

Now, Tennessee residents at least 21 years of age can pay $500 for a lifetime permit. A criminal record check will be done every five years.

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Increasingly popular synthetic drug behind bizarre crimes

Increasingly popular synthetic drug behind bizarre crimes

April 30th, 2015 9:52 am by CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer

The common element to these and other bizarre incidents in Florida in the last few months is flakka, an increasingly popular synthetic designer drug. Also known as gravel and readily available for $5 or less a vial

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