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U.S. high court blocks execution in Virginia (access required)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to review the constitutionality of lethal injection procedures has slowed the annual number of executions to the lowest level in a decade amid renewed concerns about whether it’s too cruel. On Wednesday, the high ...

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Smithfield Foods brings RICO suit against union (access required)

Smithfield Foods Inc. has filed a civil racketeering lawsuit against the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which, for more than a decade, has waged an outspoken campaign to organize workers at the company’s massive hog slaughterhouse in rural North ...

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Activist groups seeks to stop Interstate 73 (access required)

An activist group has filed suit in federal court seeking to stop funding for the construction of an interstate to connect the Roanoke Valley and North Carolina. Virginians for Appropriate Roads cites what it calls Interstate 73’s “significant, irreversible adverse ...

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Chesapeake approves large biodiesel plant (access required)

CHESAPEAKE—The City Council has approved a developer’s plan to build the country’s largest biodiesel plant, citing the company’s promise to spend up to $5 million to revitalize the surrounding area. The council voted 7-2 in favor of Smiling Earth Energy’s ...

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Candidates set records for Assembly election spending (access required)

Candidates for Virginia’s General Assembly races raised nearly $50 million by the end of September, matching the total for the state’s most expensive governor’s race and obliterating all records for legislative fundraising. Add in nearly $21 million raised by Virginia ...

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Panel: Increase reimbursement to local jails holding aliens (access required)

A state task force examining illegal immigration wants to increase reimbursement for local jails that hold undocumented aliens and empower state police, corrections officials and the Department of Motor Vehicles to enforce federal immigration law. The panel hopes to raise ...

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Man who caused woman to miscarry gets five years (access required)

HAMPTON—A man who induced his girlfriend’s miscarriage by secretly drugging a glass of milk was sentenced last week to five years in prison. Daniel Riase, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated malicious wounding leading to the involuntary termination ...

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Warner holds lead in polls over possible GOP rivals (access required)

Democrat Mark R. Warner holds a large early lead over either potential Republican opponent in next year’s race for Virginia’s open U.S. Senate seat, according to a statewide poll. The survey also reflected a generally favorable view of Gov. Timothy ...

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Mid-Atlantic region to get $1B, 230-mile power line (access required)

BALTIMORE, MD—A $1 billion, 230-mile high-voltage power line that would travel across four states and under the Chesapeake Bay was approved Wednesday by the operator of the mid-Atlantic region’s electricity grid. The line would start in Virginia and cut across ...

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Employment – Contract – Restrictive Covenant – Confidential Information (access required)

Although a medical equipment company got wind of its former marketing director’s request for a “target pharmacy” list he says he created, a Richmond federal district court declines to enter a preliminary injunction based on the promises of the defendant, ...

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