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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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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.

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Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

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Trump's Cyber Comments Rouse The Democrats

As they bolster their case that Hillary Clinton is ready to be commander in chief, Democrats are seizing on Donald Trump's comments seemingly encouraging Russia to use cyber-espionage against Clinton.

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