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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures as he delivers his State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the Assembly at the state Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ** FILE **

Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapon ban

- Associated Press

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s push to ban the sale of assault weapons has failed after members of his own party balked at the proposal.

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D.C. Council member Jack Evans speaks to a reporter in the Council Chambers before a Committee of the Whole Meeting at the Wilson Building in Washington on Feb. 4, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times) **FILE**

D.C. Council criticizes Evans' Fair Elections participation

- The Washington Times

The D.C. Council on Wednesday questioned decisions by the city's ethics and elections agencies following a year of scandals that resulted in an expensive special election and a disgraced former lawmaker using taxpayer dollars to fund his campaign despite owing the government money.

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax had to break several tie votes in the Virginia Senate chamber during the floor session inside the State Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Judge dismisses Justin Fairfax's libel suit against CBS

- Associated Press

A judge on Tuesday tossed out a libel lawsuit filed by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax against a television network he accused of slanted reporting on sexual assault allegations levied against him.