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Fewer civil cases go to juries due to cost (access required)

(AP) Two years ago, Norfolk businessman Eric Stevens was broadsided by a motorist who ran a red light. After surgery for a ruptured disc and other medical costs, he filed a lawsuit and entered the world of civil litigation. Two ...

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Virginia Senate OKs ban on sexual orientation bias   (access required)

(AP) A bill that would write into law the past two governors’ executive orders banning bias in the state work force based on sexual orientation won Senate passage Monday. Sen. Don McEachin’s bill advanced from the Democratic-controlled Senate on a ...

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Advocates push abortion-rights license plate in Va (access required)

(AP) Abortion-rights advocates have been unable to halt the “Choose Life” license plate variations in nearly two-dozen states, so now they’re working to balance the bumper debate. Activists are pushing a “Trust Women/Respect Choice” license plate in Virginia, which would ...

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After four years, Tim Kaine looks forward (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) – What Tim Kaine wanted to achieve as Virginia’s 70th governor finished second to a sometimes vexing, sometimes triumphant and sometimes heartbreaking agenda the world forced upon him. In the heady weeks before his January 2006 inauguration, Kaine ...

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Yoga teachers: State’s training program plan unconstitutional (access required)

ALEXANDRIA (AP) The state of Virginia wants to make sure that if you learn to be a yoga instructor, you are familiar with the Half Moon, the Sleeping Vishnu and the Upward Facing Dog. But three yoga instructors filed a ...

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AG race: A preview of coming attractions? (access required)

The name of the office is attorney general, but you could almost add a subtitle: “Gubernatorial nominee in waiting.’’ Virginia’s attorney general has advanced to the top of the ticket in seven of eight elections dating back to 1981, winning ...

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Kelo: four years later (access required)

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) Weeds, glass, bricks, pieces of pipe and shingle splinters have replaced the knot of aging homes at the site of the nation’s most notorious eminent domain project. There are a few signs of life: Feral cats ...

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Vote absentee…if you have a good excuse (access required)

(AP) Ever considered voting absentee? State and local election officials in Virginia wish you would. With an unprecedented tsunami of energized voters expected to flood the polls in an emotional, historic election, absentee voting could help you avoid the hassle ...

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W&L Community Law Clinic will operate from Oliver Hill House (access required)

(AP) Beginning this fall, students from the Washington and Lee School of Law will offer pro bono legal services out of the childhood home of the late civil rights activist Oliver White Hill. The W&L Community Law Clinic at the ...

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Two conservatives take Scalia to task over gun case (access required)

WASHINGTON (AP) Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is no stranger to criticism. He gives as good as he gets. But two recent critiques of his opinion in the landmark decision guaranteeing people the right keep guns at home for self-defense ...

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