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County admits missteps over group homes

Wythe County officials have promised to issue public apologies and reform handling of housing matters in order to settle a civil lawsuit filed by the state attorney general. When a group home for up to eight children with mental disabilities ...

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Drug courts among McDonnell crime proposals

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell offered a package of law enforcement proposals yesterday. The proposals are part of his public safety platform, reports The Virginian-Pilot. McDonnell’s plan inlcudes mandatory sentences for habitual drug dealers, lifetime monitoring for certain sex offenders ...

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Sunset for Melendez fix?

Legislators continue to hammer out language for their anticipated fix of prosecutors’ proof problems in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. That June 25 decision put in doubt the system Virginia uses to have laboratory ...

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Sunset for Melendez fix?

Legislators continue to hammer out language for their anticipated fix of prosecutors’ proof problems in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. That June 25 decision put in doubt the system Virginia uses to have laboratory ...

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King found guilty in Matko slaying

A Chesterfield County jury returned guilty verdicts this afternoon against 18-year-old Detavis King in the drug-related shooting death of 16-year-old Ryan Matko nearly two years ago.  King was found guilty of both first-degree murder and using a firearm in the ...

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Coal permit too lax on mercury, judge rules

Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer gave environmentalists a victory by invalidating a permit for a major coal-fired power plant in Southwest Virginia. In yesterday’s ruling, Judge Spencer said that the state Air Pollution Control Board erred in issuing the permit ...

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