News

Senate Panel Approves Bell Proposal

Senate Panel Approves Bell Proposal

Photo: WINA

A local lawmaker has cleared a major hurdle in Richmond. The State Senate Privileges and Elections Committee has endorsed Rob Bell’s plan to add sex crime convictions to the list of offenses that can make an elected official lose his job. Bell’s legislation lets a Virginia judge remove someone from office after 10% of the voters agree to that action. It would NOT happen unless the accused person was convicted of sexual battery, indecent exposure or other sex crimes. Bell (pictured) crafted his legislation following last year’s incident involving Scottsville District supervisor Chris Dumler. Dumler gave up his suit last June.

 

Latest Stories

in National

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

Fresh
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

Italy's highest court has overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case.

in National

Time for Iran to make tough decisions in nuclear talks

In this March 26, 2015, photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, leaves a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials at a hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq’s deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.

Six world powers and Iran move closer to a deal, but there are still major disagreements.

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

Updated
AP564917773040_12

A look at some of the biggest plays and best photos in sports this week.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

playball

A look at some of this weekend's biggest sporting events.

in National

Making headlines this week

Updated
AP193442892434_0

A look at some of the week's biggest headlines and the stories you may have missed.