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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The Paul Manafort trial is headed toward closing arguments Wednesday in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. On Tuesday, Manafort's defense team announced that it won't be putting on a defense of the longtime political consultant or calling him to testify, saying they believe the prosecution hasn't met its burden of proof.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Republican congressman in Virginia has pulled out of a debate with his Democratic challenger because he says the public radio station hosting the forum is biased. U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor said Tuesday that he looks forward to debating Democrat Elaine Luria sometime this fall. But he said it won't be on Norfolk-based WHRO-TV or its sister news station WHRV-FM. WHRV broke the story that Taylor's campaign staff gathered signatures to help put independent candidate Shaun Brown on the ballot.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An information session is being offered for Virginians who may be interested in volunteering to work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children. Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates is seeking volunteers to serve as child advocates. The information session is scheduled for Aug. 27. Volunteers typically work 10 to 15 hours per month gathering information on a child's circumstances to supplement information provided to the court

YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) - Officials say a monument erected in 1881 marking the Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown has sustained significant damage from lightning strikes and may need repairs. The Daily Press reports the National Park Service is in talks with a preservation group about repairing or replacing the figure called "Liberty" that tops Yorktown's Victory Monument. Superintendent Kym Hall with the Colonial National Historical Park says a maintenance expert will determine the best way to proceed.

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