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    Prosecutors plan next week to release the video that led authorities in Virginia to charge seven deputies and three state mental hospital employees with second-degree murder in the death of a handcuffed and shackled man. Dinwiddie County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the family of Irvo Otieno gave their blessing to release the video after watching it. Attorneys for the family described the video to reporters as 12 agonizing minutes of deputies pushing down on Otineo, who is Black. The attorneys said his arms and legs were restrained. Defense attorneys say they haven't seen the video yet, and prosecutors are trying to curry public favor rather than assure a fair trial.

      Authorities say a 13-year-old in Virginia has been charged with murder after police said the teen admitted to suffocating a 4-year-old sibling last year. Danville Police say the death has been under investigation since August, and the teen confessed to killing the child earlier this week. Police say the teen is charged with first degree murder and will be held in custody until a trial,  Investigators say the name of the teen was not released because of his age. Police also didn’t release additional details about the child’s death.

        WILLIAMBURG, Va. (AP) — On March 11, 1773, Virginia leaders gathered inside Williamsburg’s Raleigh Tavern to consult on the need for each of the colonies to work out a resolution that would later be approved by colonies across the east coast of the modern day United States, paving the way fo…

          Attorneys for the family of a Black Virginia man who died in law enforcement custody say video of the incident shows seven sheriff’s deputies pushing down “every part of his body” with “absolute brutality.” Mark Krudys, one of the lawyers for the family of Irvo Otieno, spoke Thursday at a news conference along with civil rights attorney Ben Crump and members of Otieno’s family. Krudys says he “was not really prepared to see” the video footage and stressed that Otieno was in handcuffs and leg irons. He says, “You can see that they’re putting their back into it. Every part of his body is being pushed down with absolute brutality.” Seven deputies and three hospital employees have been charged with second-degree murder in Otieno's death March 6.

            The mother of a Black man who died in police custody at a Virginia mental hospital says her son was “brilliant, creative and bright.” Caroline Ouko said Thursday that Irvo Otieno had realized his passion: making hip-hop. He could write a song in less than five minutes. And he was streaming his music under the moniker “Young Vo.” He also was working toward starting his own record label. Otieno died March 6 at Central State Hospital south of Richmond. Seven sheriff's deputies and three hospital employees were charged Thursday with second-degree murder.

              The Isle of Wight County School Board last week narrowly passed a revised policy that, among other things, states that “there is no systemic racism or bigotry perpetuated by the United States or any governmental entity.” That principle is one of several that “establish a framework for teaching about controversial issues” in the division’s schools. Other new principles outlined in the policy ...

              More young North Carolina drivers wouldn’t have to hold a learner’s permit as long before advancing to unsupervised driving in legislation approved by the state Senate. The bill extends and modifies state law approved during the COVID-19 pandemic that shortened from 12 months to six the time a teenager had to hold the permit before getting a limited provisional license. That law expired this year. The bill approved Thursday would reinstate the six months for 2023 before moving permanently to nine months. The bill now heading to the House also adjusts passenger limits for drivers with the limited license.

              RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tredegar Corp. (TG) on Thursday reported a loss of $3.9 million in its fourth quarter.


              Long before a Chinese spy balloon captivated the U.S. last month, Kyle Bass foresaw a foreign danger planned for the skies above his Texas property. Dozens of massive wind turbines were set to span 15,000 thousand acres near the Devils River in Del Rio on the border with Mexico. Protests to protect one of the state's cleanest waterways flopped. But when attention turned to a Chinese businessman behind the project, Texas lawmakers raced to stop him. Now the Chinese company has sold its stake, and politicians seem to have lost interest in Val Verde, even as they work to block other renewable energy projects. Some locals are still fighting.

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