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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a Virginia man has threatened to shoot his local congressman. Federal prosecutors said in a press release Friday that 69-year-old Wallace Grove Godwin made a threatening statement to staff members at the Virginia Beach office of U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor on Thursday. Authorities say Godwin became frustrated during a discussion about marijuana policy and threated to get his shotgun. Authorities say Godwin has had aggressive interactions with Taylor and his staff twice before.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Australians and overseas Americans are taking part in a Sydney rally to show solidarity with students who are demanding gun control in the U.S. About 100 people, including children, marched in support of the March For Our Lives. They observed a moment of silence for the 17 people killed in the Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Documents show Virginia State Police spent nearly $50,000 on personnel and equipment costs for public meetings on state-level permits for two controversial natural gas pipelines. The documents obtained through a public records request lay out the agency's spending during four days of State Water Control Board meetings about the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Both hearings drew protesters concerned about the projects' impacts on water quality and were contentious at times.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A former school janitor and another man have been sentenced for selling heroin in multiple locations, including on the property of an elementary school. The Daily Press cited a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia that says 28-year-old Aaron Williams was a janitor at Sedgefield Elementary School in Newport News when he acquired heroin from 51-year-old Scott Fletcher.

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