RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed six redistricting bills he says may be unconstitutional and are overly partisan. The Democratic governor says he doesn’t support the legislation because he believes the General Assembly should only make substantive changes to legislative boundaries once a decade. All six bills were sponsored by GOP lawmakers. Republicans said the bills were minor technical adjustments to current boundaries. Redistricting has been a contentious issue in Virginia. A lawsuit filed in December by a law firm with ties to the Democratic Party argues that state Republicans illegally packed black voters into a dozen House districts when it drew new district lines in 2011.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Nearly 100 supporters looked on as a University of Virginia student arrested by state alcohol regulators in a bloody encounter made his first court appearance. On Thursday, Martese Johnson’s case was continued until state police complete an investigation into his arrest March 18 outside a Charlottesville bar. The 20-year-old Chicago man is charged with public intoxication and obstruction of justice. Johnson’s arrest March 18 has drawn wide attention because images of him with a bloody face spread quickly on social media. He has accused Alcoholic Beverage Control officers of racism. Johnson is African-American. Supporters in Charlottesville General District Court were dressed in black in a show of unity. The case was continued until May 28.