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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Those who assault emergency room workers would spend at least two days in jail under a bill that is headed to Governor Bob McDonnell. Delegate Christopher Stolle says emergency room employees are 400 percent more likely to be assaulted than the average U.S. worker.

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) A federal jury has awarded more than $3 million in damages to a Martinsville-based minority contractor that accused the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority of racial discrimination. The authority claimed Carnell was trying to mask shoddy work by alleging discrimination.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Virginia Lottery has agreed to take steps to ensure that its games are accessible to the disabled. The agreement settles a lawsuit filed in 2005 on behalf of several disabled Virginians.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

This post was updated at 3:10 p.m., Feb. 18, 2011.

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