News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A court has dismissed a perjury charge against the chief organizer of a deadly white nationalist rally. The Daily Progress reports the charge stemmed from Jason Kessler's sworn statement that he was assaulted by a Charlottesville man in January 2017, months before the ill-fated rally. Judge Cheryl Higgins agreed with the defense that the prosecution did not show where the crime took place.
UNION, W.Va. (AP) - A judge has lifted the restraining order against natural gas pipeline protesters sitting in trees in West Virginia. News outlets report Circuit Court Judge Robert Irons denied the injunction, reversing course less than two weeks after granting Mountain Valley Pipeline a 10-day restraining order against the protesters.
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - A preliminary hearing for actress Rose McGowan on a drug possession charge in Virginia has been postponed until May 3. The hearing was scheduled Wednesday, but was postponed after two prosecution witnesses were unable to get to court during a snowstorm. McGowan's lawyers have suggested the drugs may have been planted by agents hired by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to discredit her for making sex assault accusations against him.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - After a year on the job, the superintendent of a Virginia jail under federal investigation has stepped down. The Hampton Roads Regional Jail accepted 60-year-old Ronaldo D. Myers' resignation at a Wednesday closed meeting scheduled to assess his performance.
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