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State: Beach must double length of pipeline for safety (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—State regulators say the City of Virginia Beach needs to more than double the length of a proposed $15 million storm water pipeline to minimize potential contact with swimmers, surfers and boaters. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted unanimously ...

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Judge rejects La. congressman’s influence-peddling argument (access required)

ALEXANDRIA—A federal judge has refused to toss out a bribery indictment against a Louisiana congressman who argued that his alleged misdeeds were technically more akin to influence peddling than bribery. In an order made public Tuesday, U.S. District Judge T.S. ...

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Virginia has first execution in nearly two years (access required)

JARRATT—Lawrence Vaughan didn’t get to see his wife’s funeral. But after nearly 10 years, he was able to see her killer take his last breaths. Vaughan and his family watched last week as Kevin Green, 31, was executed by lethal ...

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Elfenbein is new VSB rep from Arlington (access required)

Adam D. Elfenbein, a sole practitioner in Arlington, has been elected as a representative of the 17th Circuit on the Virginia State Bar Council. Elfenbein replaces Mark D. Seidelson, who resigned March 22 because he no longer lives or practices ...

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Reed Smith honored by Fairfax County schools (access required)

FALLS CHURCH—Reed Smith LLP has been named by the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) as its “2007-08 Partner of the Year,” for the firm’s public service on behalf of Graham Road Elementary School. According to FCPS, Reed Smith was honored ...

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Bar groups set procedures for Supreme Court endorsement (access required)

Several statewide bar groups have set their procedures for reviewing candidates interested in replacing Justice G. Steven Agee on the Supreme Court of Virginia. The U.S. Senate confirmed Agee last month for a seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Task force will use funds for more investigators (access required)

BEDFORD—A Bedford County-based task force formed to track online sexual predators will use $750,000 in state funds to double its investigators. The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will increase its investigators to six. Founder and Bedford County ...

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Virginia rates highly on driving-while-texting (access required)

NORFOLK — If you’re annoyed by motorists who chat on cell phones, then get ready to be more frustrated: A new survey ranks Vir-ginia sixth in the nation for drivers who send text messages behind the wheel. The online survey ...

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Henrico judges lauded for drug court work (access required)

Henrico Circuit Judges Gary A. Hicks and Catherine C. Hammond have received the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Bronze Key Award in recognition of their work with the Henrico County Drug Court. The court focuses on nonviolent adult ...

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Wytheville judge pleads guilty, will face JIRC hearing in June (access required)

MARION—A Wytheville juvenile and domestic relations district judge facing charges of driving under the influence has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving and will lose his operator’s license for a year. Judge Michael K. Blankenship, 44, also ...

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