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SALEM, Va. (AP) - A new campaign is about to get underway in Virginia schools to promote safe driving by teens during the holiday season.

"Steer Into The New Year, Drive Responsibly" is an effort to reduce teen fatalities during what has become a high-risk period for young drivers. Last year in Virginia, drivers aged 15 to 20 were involved in 16 fatal crashes during December, a sharp increase over December 2015, when six teen driver-involved fatal crashes occurred.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Charlottesville Police Department has released figures that show it spent nearly $70,000 on a white nationalist rally that left one person dead and dozens injured.

The money was spent on overtime for police officers, bottled water, food and batteries. The costs also included a consultation with a clinical psychologist to help prepare police for the rally.

The list of expenditures was provided to Richmond television station WRIC in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. It was also provided to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia prosecutor says she has asked Virginia State Police for additional investigative work into the death of a mentally ill inmate at a Portsmouth jail last year.

Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Morales' office says it received a preliminary report Tuesday from Virginia State Police, which is conducting a criminal investigation into Jamycheal Mitchell's death.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - For the first time since a state law took effect earlier this month, Virginia State Police were providing voluntary background checks for gun sales between private parties at a gun show in Richmond.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports State Police say three private background checks were conducted during the Richmond Gun Show on Saturday at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

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Hundreds of police officers gathered to mourn the death of a Virginia state trooper who was killed by a gunman at a bus station.

Virginia State Police say about 20 state police agencies from across the country were represented at the funeral for Trooper Chad P. Derymyer on Tuesday. More than 3,000 people were expected at the ceremony at the Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton.

Alabama State Trooper Jason Fox called Dermyer a "true American hero." He said he came to the ceremony to show Virginia State Police and Dermyer's family that they have support throughout the country.

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Authorities have identified an Illinois man as the gunman who fatally shot a Virginia state trooper at a bus station in Richmond.

State Police identified him as 34-year-old James Brown III of Aurora, Ill.

Police say Brown shot Trooper Chad Dermyer several times at the Greyhound bus station yesterday before Brown was killed by two other troopers.

Police have not said what motivated the shooting.

Authorities say two women were also injured in the shooting but are expected to recover.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say a trooper has died after a shooting at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty says the trooper, Chad Dermyer, died Thursday after being shot multiple times.

State Police have said two civilians were also shot at the terminal. The gunman was shot dead by two other troopers.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia legislative panel has approved a bill to include statistics on officer-involved shootings in the state's annual crime report.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the Senate Courts of Justice Committee unanimously endorsed Democratic Del. Charniele Herring's bill on Monday. The bill already won unanimous approval in the House and heads to the Senate.

Herring said she believes it's important for the public to know if there are officer-involved shootings and whether they were justified.

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In Melfa, Virginia a plane ran off the runway as it attempted to land at the local airport.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that smoke could be seen on the northwest side at around 3 p.m. yesterday.

The pilot and a passenger escape without injury.

The Accomack County Sheriffs, the Virginia State Police and the Accomack County Department of Public Safety responded to the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly released figures show Virginia State Police arrested more people than ever in 2015 for illegally attempting to buy firearms at state gun shows.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports state troopers arrested 91 people last year at 75 gun shows on charges related to someone being prohibited from possessing a firearm. That's a 54 percent increase over 2014 and the most since 71 people were arrested in 2013.

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