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Trial starts in lawyer’s death

A man charged with murder and hit-and-run in the death of Roanoke lawyer Tom Farrell goes on trial today. The defendant, Jeffrey Young, has a long history of mental illness, reports WDBJ. Young is also the defendant in another case ...

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Activist Virginia farmer pushes for reforms

South Hill’s John Boyd has earned a reputation as the voice of black farmers on Capitol Hill. After nearly losing his farm due to discriminatory lending practices, Boyd has spent the past eight years driving to Washington and speaking to ...

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Medical bills prompt bankruptcy in 62% of cases (access required)

A new study shows a steady increase in the number of personal bankruptcies prompted by overwhelming medical bills. The report, published this month in The American Journal of Medicine, shows more than 62 percent of all bankruptcies in 2007 were ...

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Punitive damages sought from UIM carrier in DUI case – 130,000 Verdict (access required)

In this motor vehicle crash, the plaintiff was struck head on by the defendant drunken driver, resulting in significant property damage. The defendant’s vehicle came to rest upside down. After the collision, the defendant was observed urinating in the street. ...

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Expired-patent suits could be windfall for lawyers (access required)

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Look carefully at the plastic lid on a coffee cup or the handle of a disposable razor. A recent ruling on an obscure, century-old statute has opened the door for people familiar with the finer points of U.S. ...

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Most of $21.2M award won in Clarksville bridge suit set aside (access required)

The Virginia Court of Appeals has set aside much of the $21.2 million verdict a trial judge awarded the company that built the Clarksville bypass segment of U.S. 58. AMEC Civil LLC of Lawrenceville, N.J., contended that the Virginia Department ...

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