Government & Courts

Delegate Matt Fariss hopes industrial hemp will be a crop that helps revitalize Southside, and now it’s legal for universities to grow it for research.
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New laws: What’s legal, what’s not

Virginians may begin to see hemp production and more public breastfeeding with the new laws that went into effect July 1, several of which were inspired by local events and people. Jesse Matthew, the man accused of killing UVA student Hannah Graham and linked by DNA evidence to the case of slain Virginia Tech student […]

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Joy and pain: A political week like no other

In politics, as in life, there are weeks that simply take your breath away. Weeks where things move so quickly, and with such unexpected force, that it feels like the laws of physics have been suspended, and that time is suddenly moving at twice its normal speed. So it was last week, when the political […]

Jesse Matthew was in Albemarle Circuit Court June 25, where he'll stand trial for capital murder next year. Staff photo/mugshot Charlottesville Police

Higgins refuses to recuse in Jesse Matthew trial

Albemarle Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Higgins rebuffed the arguments of Jesse Matthew’s attorney that she recuse herself from Matthew’s capital murder trial for the slaying of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham because she has a daughter who was a second-year student at UVA like Graham. Defense attorney Doug Ramseur also said because Higgins signed 25 out of approximately […]