Gerrymandering Issue And Its Cost

(RICHMOND) — Virginia taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $10 million in legal fees related to three redistricting lawsuits…Jim O’Reilly…

The state has already paid more than $6 million in legal fees related to the cases, state officials say. Of that, the GOP-led House of Delegates has paid lawyers about $4.5 million defending the map lawmakers drew in 2011 for state legislative and congressional districts. Those have drawn three legal challenges, alleging racial or political gerrymandering…two at a federal level, one at the state.

A Large Bill Could Be Paid For By You

(RICHMOND) — Virginia taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $10 million in legal fees related to three redistricting lawsuits.

The state has already paid more than $6 million in legal fees related to the cases, state officials say. Of that, the GOP-led House of Delegates has paid lawyers about $4.5 million defending the map lawmakers drew in 2011 for state legislative and congressional districts.

Those have drawn three legal challenges, alleging racial or political gerrymandering…two at a federal level, one at the state.

A Fright At The Store

(KINGSPORT) – A man waves a gun around in an area store…Jim O’Reilly reports…

21-year-old Cody Williams faces multiple charges, including public intoxication and disorderly conduct after several Walmart customers in Kingsport reported he was waving a gun and speaking incoherently inside the store. It was a BB gun. Officers evacuated the store and found Williams with the handgun in his hand. He was brought in without incident.

Man Brought In For Weapons At Wal Mart

(KINGSPORT) – A man waves a gun around in an area store.

21-year-old Cody Williams faces multiple charges, including public intoxication and disorderly conduct after several Walmart customers in Kingsport reported he was waving a gun and speaking incoherently inside the store. It was a BB gun.

Officers evacuated the store and found Williams with the handgun in his hand. He was brought in without incident.

Lambert Found Guilty

(BLOUNTVILLE) — A man, caught in 2016 taking inappropriate pictures of women at several Kingsport retail outlets, faces the court…Jim O’Reilly reports…

David Lambert was found guilty of attempting to commit unlawful photography in violation of privacy. He will be sentenced on the charge next month and faces up to six months in jail. That’s on top of the two years, 11 months he was sentenced and began serving last week…related to a pair of previous convictions for unlawful photography and sexual battery.

Picture Snapper Loses In Court

(BLOUNTVILLE) — A man, caught in 2016 taking inappropriate pictures of women at several Kingsport retail outlets, faces the court.

David Lambert was found guilty of attempting to commit unlawful photography in violation of privacy. He will be sentenced on the charge next month and faces up to six months in jail.

That’s on top of the two years, 11 months he was sentenced and began serving last week…related to a pair of previous convictions for unlawful photography and sexual battery.

Shabab Backers Denied In Appeal

(RICHMOND) — A federal appeals court upholds the convictions and prison sentences of two women who raised money for terrorists…Jim O’Reilly…

Prosecutors in a Richmond courtroom told the judge Muna Osman Jama of Reston and Hinda Osman Dhirane of Kent, Washington used an internet chat room to raise several thousand dollars for the Somali militant group, al-Shabab. Both were convicted of supporting terrorists. Jama received a 12 year sentence, Dhirane, 11. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected their arguments federal prosecutors and the judge in their first trial suppressed evidence.

Suppression Claims Rejected In Federal Appeal

(RICHMOND) — A federal appeals court upholds the convictions and prison sentences of two women who raised money for terrorists.

Prosecutors in a Richmond courtroom told the judge Muna Osman Jama of Reston and Hinda Osman Dhirane of Kent, Washington used an internet chat room to raise several thousand dollars for the Somali militant group, al-Shabab.

Both were convicted of supporting terrorists. Jama received a 12 year sentence, Dhirane, 11. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected their arguments federal prosecutors and the judge in their first trial suppressed evidence.

TV Time In Senate Race Set

(RICHMOND) — It’s showtime in the Virginia senatorial race…Jim O’Reilly…

Democrat, Tim Kaine and GOP challenger, Corey Stewart have accepted invitations to participate in Virginia’s oldest and most widely broadcast televised debate this fall. “The People’s Debate” will be held on Oct. 2. It will be broadcast statewide. Other candidates, who meet eligibility criteria within 45 days of the event, will also be invited to participate.

Debate Between VA Senate Opponents Announced

(RICHMOND) — It’s showtime in the Virginia senatorial race.

Democrat, Tim Kaine and GOP challenger, Corey Stewart have accepted invitations to participate in Virginia’s oldest and most widely broadcast televised debate this fall. “The People’s Debate” will be held on Oct. 2.

It will be broadcast statewide. Other candidates, who meet eligibility criteria within 45 days of the event, will also be invited to participate.