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Transfer of Dulles Toll Road challenged in Supreme Court (access required)

The same court that two months ago struck down Virginia’s regional transportation financing plans is now considering a similar case challenging the state’s planned transfer of the Dulles Toll Road to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The Virginia Supreme Court ...

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Webb files bill clarifying privacy of student records (access required)

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb last week introduced legislation aimed at easing school officials’ concerns over when it is appropriate to disclose student records. Webb’s announcement comes almost a year after a disturbed gunman killed 32 students and himself at Virginia ...

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State’s tax collections improve despite housing market slump (access required)

Virginia’s general fund collections were up slightly last month, even as the nation’s economy continued its nose dive and Virginia’s housing market cooled. Thanks to increased income tax collections and fewer tax refunds, revenues for core government operations like public ...

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Warner takes huge financial lead over GOP rivals for Senate seat (access required)

Democrat Mark R. Warner raised more than five times the campaign cash for his U.S. Senate bid the first three months of this year than both of his Republican rivals combined. Warner received nearly $2.5 million in the first quarter ...

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Comey, former deputy U.S. AG, gets award from UR law school (access required)

James B. Comey received the University of Richmond law school’s William Green Award for Professional Excellence last week. The Green Award is the highest honor given by the law school in recognition of those who have made a great contribution ...

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Pilot publisher rejects teens’ nude art, they still get cash (access required)

NORFOLK—Two teens who lost their top prizes in an art contest sponsored by a newspaper when the paper’s publisher deemed them inappropriate because they depicted nudity are getting cash raised by local art lovers. Acoustical Sheetmetal Inc. of Virginia Beach ...

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Health officials investigate possible mad cow-related case (access required)

State health officials are investigating a possible case of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, a rare brain disorder linked to eating beef from cattle infected with mad cow disease. The possible victim is a patient at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth ...

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Lawyer claims Bush acted on flawed legal analysis (access required)

A recently declassified government memo that was rescinded nine months after it was written shows that President Bush acted on a flawed legal analysis when he designated Ali al-Marri an enemy combatant, a lawyer for the imprisoned man says in ...

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Katz, Mason’s Brott earn pro bono awards (access required)

Phyllis C. Katz, a Richmond attorney and a co-founder of the Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC), will receive the 2008 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award from the Virginia State Bar. The award will be presented at the ...

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