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CHESTER, Va. (AP) - A former Virginia youth pastor was sentenced to 58 years in prison for killing his wife, stepdaughter and the stepdaughter's boyfriend last Thanksgiving. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that 59-year-old Christopher R. Gattis pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Evidence says investigators learned Gattis had issues 58-year-old Jeanett L. Gattis' children. Following multiple arguments, Gattis' wife asked his adult nephew to hide a gun, saying she was afraid Gattis would use it.

RADFORD, Va. (AP) - The internal watchdog for the Department of Defense has launched an investigation into the open burning of ammunition and explosives at military sites across the country, including at an Army ammunition plant in Virginia. The inquiry was prompted by a congressional request. Southwest Virginia's Radford Army Ammunition Plant, the main propellant-manufacturing facility for the Department of Defense, will be included in the probe.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Jurors are set to begin deliberations in the financial fraud trial of Paul Manafort. The case against the former Trump campaign chairman is the first courtroom test for special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The verdict, in the hands of 12 jurors beginning Thursday morning, will provide a measure of the special counsel's ability to make charges stick. The trial has been closely watched by President Donald Trump as he seeks to publicly undermine Mueller's probe.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Republican congressman running in a tight re-election race in Virginia has agreed to a debate. The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor will debate Democratic challenger Elaine Luria Oct. 30. The forum is sponsored by Central Business District Association in Virginia Beach. Taylor had previously scuttled a debate with Luria at the studios of WHRO-TV in Norfolk. The congressman claimed WHRO's sister public radio station, WHRV-FM, was biased in its coverage of him.

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