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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A Republican-backed resolution asking Congress to call a constitutional convention that would give states power to nullify federal laws has failed in a Senate panel. A subcommittee of the Senate Privileges and Election Committee defeated the ``repeal amendment'' today.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Lawmakers will consider bills this winter that would restrain Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's civil inquest into University of Virginia climate change research. The legislation would curb his ability to use civil investigative demands to challenge academic inquiry.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia came a step closer toward writing its anti-union right-to-work law into the state constitution. The House voted 62-to-36 for a proposed amendment writing into the state constitution the bar against compulsory union membership already in state law.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Local leaders planning to gather in Richmond to urge legislators to cap the interest that can be charged on short-term, high-interest loans have canceled their event. Localities United had planned a news conference today to announce local support for capping the interest rate at 36 percent on payday loans, car title loans and open-end credit products.

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