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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A former Virginia high school science teacher has pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge. Federal prosecutors announced Richard Alan Wellbeloved-Stone's plea Thursday. Prosecutors say law enforcement officials began investigating Wellbeloved-Stone after chatting online about child sex abuse with an undercover agent in the United Kingdom.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A longtime prosecutor who led the federal hate crime case against Dylann Roof in South Carolina is among the nominees for positions on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The White House has announced that Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson had been picked to fill a 4th Circuit vacancy.

SUSSEX COUNTY, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia say a man who got out of his car in the middle of a highway because of a road rage incident was killed when a tractor-trailer ran him over. Virginia State Police said the man stopped his car early Thursday in a northbound traffic lane of I-95 in Sussex County, Virginia, got out and had a verbal exchange with the driver of a minivan who had been driving behind him. In oncoming tractor-trailer was unable to stop and the man was killed instantly.

WISE COUNTY, Va. (AP) - Virginia is set to open its first needle exchange program later this year as it tries to combat the spread of infectious diseases due to increased opioid use. The Roanoke Times reports that the program is likely to open in or around Wise County in Southwest Virginia. The county saw 120 people die from an opioid overdose between 2007 and 2017 and the county's hepatitis C infection rate is double the state's rate.

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