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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – A death penalty repeal proposal under consideration in Nevada is proving party affiliation can be an unreliable predictor on capital punishment. Three Democratic-majority legislatures have passed measures abolishing the death penalty since 2019, but the future of Nevada’s repeal effort is far from clear. The proposal passed the Assembly this month. But leaders in the state Senate have not indicated whether they’ll consider the bill, and Gov. Steve Sisolak staunchly opposes it. Democratic-majority legislatures in Colorado, New Hampshire and Virginia have recently done away with the death penalty. Advocates on both sides of the debate say the contrast among states underscores how the death penalty jumbles partisan divides.

 

SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE, Va. (AP) – Authorities say a Virginia deputy shot and wounded a man after responding to a 911 call about a domestic disturbance. Virginia State Police Sgt. Brent Coffey wrote in an email that the deputy arrived on the scene in Spotsylvania County early Wednesday morning and encountered Isaiah L. Brown as Brown was walking in the roadway away from his residence. Coffey says the deputy attempted to talk to Brown and shot him during the encounter. Police say Brown was taken to a hospital with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening. No one else was injured during the incident.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Proponents of statehood for Washington, D.C., face a milestone moment in their decades-long movement to reshape the American political map. The House will vote Thursday on legislation that would create the new state of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, with one representative and two senators. A tiny sliver of land including the White House, the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall would remain as a federal district. The measure is expected to pass easily in the House and be sent to the Senate, where the real fight awaits in the evenly divided chamber.

 

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – The Virginia city of Norfolk has fired a police lieutenant after news reports that said he donated to and expressed support for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager accused of killing two people during a police brutality protest in Wisconsin last summer. City officials announced Tuesday that police Lt. William Kelly had been “relieved of duty” after an internal investigation. City Manager Chip Filer called remarks Kelly apparently made in support of Rittenhouse “egregious.” Kelly can appeal the firing. The Associated Press attempted to reach him by phone. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.