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Clerks may record court proceedings (access required)

A new Attorney General opinion gives the green light for Virginia court clerks to make and sell recordings of court proceedings. It has been met with widely varying reactions in the legal community. Some clerks have embraced recording technology, finding ...

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Piracy charges thrown overboard

A Norfolk federal judge has dismissed piracy charges against a band of Somalis accused of trying to board and rob a U.S. Navy ship. The defense attack on the piracy counts called for interpretation of a U.S. statute that had ...

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McDonnell appoints healthcare study panel

While cheering on Virginia’s lawsuit to block the Obama administration’s healthcare reforms, Gov. Bob McDonnell says he wants to explore ways to make healthcare affordable “in an economically responsible manner.” To that end, McDonnell today announced the 24 members of ...

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SCC adds e-filing for corporate annual reports

Virginia’s State Corporation Commission has taken another incremental step in its efforts to improve Internet accessibility for its database of more than 400,000 registered business entities. Corporations now can file their annual reports and pay annual registration fees online, according ...

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Titanic salvors win claim to artifacts

A company that has recovered and preserved thousands of artifacts from the sunken wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic has won the right to be well compensated for its efforts. But an opinion this week from Norfolk U.S. District Judge Rebecca ...

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Titanic salvors win claim to artifacts

A company that has recovered and preserved thousands of artifacts from the sunken wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic has won the right to be well compensated for its efforts. But an opinion this week from Norfolk U.S. District Judge Rebecca ...

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Salem lawyer seeking specs for Honduran mission

Salem lawyer Mark Claytor is looking to fill a seabag with donated used eyeglasses when he heads to Honduras in October for a medical mission trip. Claytor isn’t a medical professional – he says his role with the mission is ...

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Cold War intrigue still surfaces in Virginia

A barn in a remote part of Culpeper County has given up up secrets about a  World War II and Cold War era clandestine espionage agency viewed as one of the predecessors of the CIA. The operation, bearing the enigmatic ...

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Woods Rogers re-establishes Charlottesville office

Roanoke-based Woods Rogers PLC has announced the opening of a new office in Charlottesville, where the firm has not had a physical presence for more than five years. Partner Rusty Schundler, formerly of Roanoke, will head the Charlottesville office, with ...

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