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News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Some GOP congressmen in Virginia want nothing to do with their own party's provocative candidate for Senate. They're actively distancing themselves from Corey Stewart, an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump and defender of Confederate monuments. He won the GOP nomination last month. Democrats, meanwhile, are eager to campaign with incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine. It's a dynamic that could affect overall turnout in Virginia and help determine which party controls the U.S. House next year.

MARION, Va. (AP) - A Virginia State Police trooper has been accused of submitting false reports and destroying evidence. The Bristol Herald Courier reports 40-year-old Trooper Lee J. Testerman was charged Monday with destruction of public record and false entry. A criminal complaint says the department evidence custodian admitted in April to "inadvertently" disposing of evidence in a drug-possession case prior to the case's trial.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A federal judge in Virginia has called for the immediate release of a former Marine who was training with a group run by Pakistani terrorists shortly before the Sept. 11 attacks occurred. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria ordered several counts of Seifullah Chapman's conviction vacated and ordered the release of Chapman, who was serving a 65-year sentence. Chapman traveled to Pakistan before the Sept. 11 attacks to train with Lashkar-e-Taiba and later returned.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - NASA officials say they are still in the beginning stages of studying the extent of contamination at the Wallops Flight Facility site from a family of dangerous industrial chemicals that also made its way into the drinking water for the nearby island town of Chincoteague. While a short-term solution has been reached for the town's water, NASA recently submitted a long-term site investigation plan for review by federal and state officials.

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