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Ex-Farm Bureau lawyer sentenced to 15 years (access required)

GOOCHLAND—A former lawyer for the Virginia Farm Bureau has been sentenced to a 15-year prison term for stealing $2 million from the organization. At his sentencing Tuesday, 49-year-old Lawrence H. Bidwell was also ordered to pay $2.1 million in restitution ...

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Kaine, Howell reach deal on smoking ban (access required)

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and House Speaker William Howell say they have reached agreement on a smoking ban in Virginia’s bars and restaurants. The legislation will ban smoking in nearly all restaurants, with exceptions for private clubs and restaurants with ...

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AG McDonnell to resign to campaign full-time (access required)

Virginia Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell is resigning this month to focus on his Republican campaign for governor. McDonnell announced his resignation in an e-mail to office employees shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday. He said Feb. 20 will be his ...

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After 30 years, Fairfax homicide is solved (access required)

FAIRFAX—Fairfax County police say they’ve solved a 30-year-old homicide case. Officials say 68-year-old John Bell was stabbed to death by an intruder at his sister’s home in Oakton in 1979. Some of the suspect’s hair and bandanna remained at the ...

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State tax department backs e-filing this year (access required)

The Virginia Department of Taxation is encouraging residents to file income tax returns electronically this year. To reduce costs, the state is giving priority to electronic returns. The department says returns on paper will take longer than in years past ...

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Gloucester fees for removal effort prompt legislation (access required)

A judge’s order that a group of Gloucester County citizens pay $80,000 in legal costs for their failed effort to remove four officials from office has led to legislation in Richmond. Three state lawmakers have filed bills that would prohibit ...

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VSB online directory is up and running (access required)

The Virginia State Bar’s online directory has been up for about three weeks, and Executive Director Karen A. Gould says the only complaint so far is that it doesn’t have enough information. The directory has the name, firm name, mailing ...

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Arlington Bar opposes VSB ‘specialist’ rule (access required)

The Arlington County Bar Association has told the Virginia State Bar that it opposes a change to a Rule of Professional Conduct that would make it easier for a lawyer to claim to be certified as a specialist. Rule 7.4(d) ...

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Kaine: $20M for Bay, river clean-up will stay (access required)

(AP) Gov. Timothy M. Kaine told about 200 people at a clean-water rally last week that he is standing by a $20 million appropriation to help clean up Virginia’s rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. About 200 people attended the rally ...

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