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NAACP files suit against Kaine over election preparation (access required)

The Virginia NAACP sued Gov. Tim Kaine last week, arguing that the state has failed to prepare for an unprecedented voter turnout in next week’s presidential election. The complaint, filed late Monday in U.S. District Court in Richmond, alleges that ...

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Mathews elected to lead American Bar endowment (access required)

Richmond lawyer Roderick B. Mathews has been elected to serve as president of the American Bar Endowment, a charitable affiliate of the 400,000-member American Bar Association. The election took place at the August annual meeting of the association in New ...

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Norfolk rail line to cost more, amount unknown (access required)

NORFOLK—Norfolk’s starter light rail line will cost more to build than projected, but officials say they can’t yet pinpoint the increases. The rail line will run from Eastern Virginia Medical Center to the Virginia Beach border. It was budgeted at ...

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Fairfax approves one-day furlough around holidays (access required)

FAIRFAX—About 9,000 Fairfax County employees will get an extra day off without pay around the holidays. The Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a one-day furlough for all non-essential county employees on Jan. 2. The furloughs are expected to save ...

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Chesterfield cops look into campaign sign theft (access required)

CHESTER—Chesterfield County police are investigating the theft of a resident’s campaign sign supporting Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency. The 4-by-8-foot sign in the yard of a black resident was replaced by a Confederate flag. The Obama sign was posted ...

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House panel wants VCU to revoke unearned degree (access required)

A legislative committee wants Virginia Commonwealth University’s Board of Visitors to see if it can revoke a degree it granted Richmond’s former police chief that he didn’t earn. House Appropriations Committee members on Monday asked VCU to ask its legal ...

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Fairfax County makes midyear spending cuts (access required)

FAIRFAX—Fairfax County officials have unveiled a list of midyear spending cuts to close a $58 million shortfall in the current budget. County Executive Anthony Griffin says the worsening economy and the stagnant housing market have cut anticipated revenue from business ...

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VDOT investigates Giles County bridge collapse (access required)

PEARISBURG—The Virginia Department of Transportation is investigating the collapse of a pedestrian bridge that injured nine people in Giles County. VDOT says 10 people were on the cable-and-wood bridge spanning Walker Creek when it collapsed in the early Sunday on ...

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VBA group starts ‘Rule of Law’ school program (access required)

The Virginia Bar Association Foundation will start a pilot program in February on the Rule of Law in Roanoke area middle schools that it hopes to make part of the 7th and 8th grade civics curriculum statewide. The program will ...

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