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EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - On the day of the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the city's former police commissioner will sit on a panel examining racial unrest in the city.

Anthony Batts will take part in a discussion at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg on Wednesday evening. It's intended to address deaths in police custody and racial inequities in the justice system.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is taking additional steps to make it easier for convicted felons to regain their voting rights.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced policy changes Thursday that will shorten the application process for people convicted of more serious crimes. The changes include eliminating notarization, letters to the governor and other requirements. The application was reduced from 13 pages to one.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates has passed a measure to increase penalties for someone who commits a crime of violence in front of a minor.

The House approved the bill 132-0 on Monday. It would apply to people who commit a violent crime in front of a minor who is at least 2 years old and younger than 16.

The measure is the top legislative priority of Attorney General Doug Gansler.

Under the bill, a person would be eligible to up to five years additional imprisonment for committing a violent crime before a minor.