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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The King and Queen County grand jury has charged a couple whose 33 horses were seized with 20 animal cruelty counts each. Officials say Robert H. Amos and Elizabeth Newsome-Amos were indicted Tuesday.

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) The father of our country is on track to get a new $47 million presidential library. The building will be called the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Mount Vernon also expects the library to serve as a scholarly retreat.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A federal grand jury has indicted 11 people prosecutors say are members of a street gang known as the Bounty Hunter Bloods. The indictment unsealed today says the gang operated in Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk, selling drugs, threatening violence and committing murders.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gay rights advocates are calling for Virginia's social services board to pass new regulations that allow gay couples to adopt children, but the state's attorney general is telling the board it can't do it. The new regulations would add age, religion, political beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, gender or family status.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A Richmond real estate agent and investor has pleaded guilty in a $2.4 million mortgage fraud scheme. Federal authorities say Jodi Robinson admitted Wednesday to obtaining 16 fraudulent real estate loans over a five-year period. The government says two banks were among the victims of Robinson's scheme.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) A settlement has been reached between the Virginia Department of Corrections and an inmate challenging the agency's ban on inmates receiving spoken-word compact discs. The lawsuit claimed that prison officials violated the inmate's right to exercise his religious beliefs when they refused to let him order a sermon on CD.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia regulators are recommending the dismissal of an application to build a $2 billion power line from West Virginia to Maryland. A hearing examiner with the State Corporation Commission says regulators should approve a motion to withdraw filed by American Electric Power and FirstEnergy Corp.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) A former Virginia Beach teacher accused of drinking alcohol in class has pleaded no contest. The Virginian-Pilot reports that 29-year-old Michael S. Porter received a 180-day jail sentence that was suspended. He also was fined $25.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) A federal gender discrimination lawsuit against Virginia Tech is heading to the jury. The lawsuit claims two female employees were paid less than their male counterparts. Tech contends that the male employees had more experience when they were hired. The Roanoke Times reports that jury deliberations are scheduled to begin today in federal court.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Fairfax County police say a man has been charged with murder in the shooting of a barber inside his Alexandria-area workplace. Police say 44-year-old Hung Nguyen of Annandale was charged after surrendering to authorities last night.

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) A Staunton man will spend a year in jail for a BB gun vandalism spree that damaged 33 vehicles and caused more than $4,100 in damage. The News Leader reports that 19-year-old Dylan F. Crook was convicted yesterday on three destruction of property counts. Crook was sentenced to three years in jail with two years suspended, and was ordered to make restitution.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) A former Virginia Beach teacher accused of drinking alcohol in class has pleaded no contest. The Virginian-Pilot reports that 29-year-old Michael S. Porter received a 180-day jail sentence that was suspended. He also was fined $25.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) Fairfax County police say a man has been charged with murder in the shooting of a barber inside his Alexandria-area workplace. Police say 44-year-old Hung Nguyen of Annandale was charged after surrendering to authorities last night.

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) A Staunton man will spend a year in jail for a BB gun vandalism spree that damaged 33 vehicles and caused more than $4,100 in damage. The News Leader reports that 19-year-old Dylan F. Crook was convicted yesterday on three destruction of property counts. Crook was sentenced to three years in jail with two years suspended, and was ordered to make restitution.

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