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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Murder accomplices and those who kill certain law enforcement officials would be eligible for the death penalty under bills that have passed the Virginia House. The House voted 74-to-24 today in favor of a bill to expand Virginia's "triggerman rule," which reserves capital punishment for the person who actually does the killing.

ORANGE, Va. (AP) The Virginia county that approved a Walmart Supercenter near an endangered Civil War battlefield is asking a judge to reject a legal challenge of the planned store. A hearing is scheduled today in Orange Circuit Court on the request of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Attorneys have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Virginia Parole Board of unfairly denying parole for thousands of inmates. The lawsuit against board members was filed today in Richmond on behalf of 11 inmates convicted before the state abolished parole in 1995.

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