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Commission: Lawyers needed to give notice on DNA evidence (access required)

The Virginia State Crime Commission is suggesting allowing lawyers to help notify felons whose case files contain newly discovered but decades-old DNA evidence that could exonerate them. Virginia’s one-of-a-kind DNA testing project began in 2005 when case files from 1973 ...

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Judge won’t order election officials to count late ballots (access required)

A federal judge said last week that he probably won’t order Virginia election officials to count late absentee ballots from overseas military personnel but wants a solution before the next election. U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams ordered the State ...

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Muldoon challenges Bolling for Lt. Gov. nomination (access required)

Patrick Muldoon, a Northern Virginia patent attorney who grew up in Giles County, already has lost two races for Congress and one for commonwealth’s attorney. Perhaps that’s why his announcement that he will challenge incumbent Bill Bolling for the Republican ...

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Bars set schedules for appeals court interviews (access required)

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association and the Old Dominion Bar Association will interview candidates for a Virginia Court of Appeals vacancy on Jan. 7 in conjunction with interviews by the Virginia State Bar. The ODBA requests that candidates submit a ...

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$6B power plant proposed for Surry (access required)

NEWPORT NEWS—Old Dominion Electric Cooperative is proposing to build a $6 billion coal- and biomass-fired power plant on 1,600 acres in Surry County. The Glen Allen-based cooperative said Tuesday that it needs a new plant to meet an estimated doubling ...

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State’s revenue losses may reach total of $3 billion (access required)

Virginia’s projected state revenue losses may be closer to $3 billion than the $2.5 billion previously projected for the next two years, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine told his economic advisers last week. The new revenue forecasts were about $100 million ...

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Judge tosses discrim suit brought by bar against Beach (access required)

NORFOLK—A federal judge has thrown out a Virginia Beach bar’s discrimination lawsuit against the city. The owner of Hammerheads claimed that city authorities beefed up security around the oceanfront bar because it serves a largely black clientele. Hammerheads is one ...

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LeClairRyan to open office in Hartford, Conn. (access required)

Richmond-based LeClairRyan will open an office in Hartford, Conn., early next year as part of an expansion into the Northeast that began in 2006. Brian J. Donnell, formerly a partner in the Hartford office of San Francisco-based Thelen LLP, will ...

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Griffith won’t pursue legislation on deferred judgment (access required)

House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, says he will not pursue legislation this session that would give judges the authority to defer judgment in most cases. House Bill 553 was carried over from the last session of the General ...

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Caroline County opens I-95 visitors center (access required)

BOWLING GREEN—Caroline County officials have opened a $2.6 million visitors center off Interstate 95. Visitors who stop into the 7,000-square-foot building off Exit 104 will learn that the county is the birthplace of renowned racehorse Secretariat, the site of the ...

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