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Pawnshops and ballot boxes: Virginia debate about identification highlights partisan divide
What seemed like agreement on a routine House bill took a philosophical turn.

Virginia Senate passes bill allowing firefighters and EMTs to carry weapons
Sen. Amanda F. Chase, the mother of an emergency responder, said they need to defend themselves at times.

Virginia House panel nixes ERA bills, in a major blow for feminist groups
Supporters hope the legislation can be revived at a full committee hearing Friday.

Man charged in fatal stabbing of his father in Maryland
A dispute led to the death in Beltsville, police said.

‘You can’t be an absolutist’: Weighing a 2020 run, Bloomberg talks compromise
The billionaire and former New York mayor met with Maryland lawmakers in Annapolis.

Federal judges choose Va. redistricting map favorable to Democrats; six GOP House districts would ge
Plan to end racial gerrymandering could be finalized next month, but Republicans plan to appeal.

Saudi sisters from Fairfax who were found dead in New York died by suicide, medical examiner rules
Rotana and Tala Farea, ages 23 and 16, bound themselves before descending into the Hudson River and drowning, the medical examiner determined. New York police officials said in November that the sisters had alleged they were abused by family members and would rather inflict harm on themselves than return to Saudi Arabia.

Virginia House subcommittee kills bills to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
ERA supporters vowed to try again with the full committee, which could choose to resurrect the legislation when it meets Friday.

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