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Jackson fined for late loan disclosure

(AP) The State Board of Elections has fined Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson for waiting too late to disclose a $25,000 loan to his campaign. Charlottesville lawyer Donald Lee Woodsmall gave Jackson the loan on May 8. Jackson reported ...

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Court orders new lawyers for death row inmate

New lawyers must be appointed for a Virginia death row inmate convicted in the bludgeoning and stabbing deaths of a Richmond couple and their two daughters, a federal appeals court ruled June 7. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. ...

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4th Circuit rejects Virginia ballot access provision

(AP) Virginia’s law prohibiting out-of-state residents from circulating petitions for third-party presidential candidates is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled May 29. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld U.S. District ...

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Virginia Tech president retires, reflects on 2007 massacre

(AP) — The president of Virginia Tech announced his retirement May 14, satisfied he had elevated the university’s reputation and acknowledging that the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history on his campus would be a part of his legacy. ...

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U.S. appeals panel ponders: what is a pirate?

(AP) — In the violent world of piracy, Mohammad Saaili Shibin was a multilingual negotiator based in lawless Somalia, working his cellphone to negotiate multimillion-dollar ransoms for merchant ships and sailors that dared to venture into pirate-infested international waters off ...

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Virginia audit says half of court fines, fees go unpaid

(AP) Nearly half of the fines and fees levied by Virginia courts for traffic tickets and in criminal cases went unpaid over the past five years, according to a state audit. The state Auditor of Public Accounts report found circuit ...

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VSU student president says hazing plea was coerced

(AP) The president of Virginia State University’s student government association is asking a judge to set aside his hazing conviction, arguing that he only pleaded guilty because the prosecutor said he wouldn’t graduate if he refused. Brandon Randleman, 22, and ...

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The Falls Church stays with Epsicopal Diocese, court rules

The Episcopal Church is the rightful owner of a historic church formerly occupied by a congregation that abandoned the denomination over the consecration of an openly gay bishop and other differences, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The justices unanimously ...

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