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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A lawsuit that attempts to block more than 200,000 felons from voting this fall will be considered by the Virginia Supreme Court when it meets for a special session next month.

The court said Wednesday it will consider Republican lawmakers' lawsuit during a special session on July 19.

GOP leaders have asked the court to reverse Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive order that restored the rights of thousands of felons who've completed their sentences.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has suggested a conditional fix for redrawing Virginia's congressional map.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne made the suggestion during a hearing on Monday. Payne is a member of a three-judge panel that twice ruled legislators in 2012 illegally packed voters into the 3rd congressional district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote against a proposal to accept federal Medicaid funding.

A largely symbolic full floor vote is scheduled for Thursday. Republican leaders said they wanted to show they are united in opposition to a proposal by the Democratically controlled Senate to expand publicly funded health insurance coverage for low-income Virginians.

Democrats and a few Republican senators want Virginia to take the federal funds, saying the state's working poor need the extra help.