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McDonnell streamlines rights restoration

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced sweeping changes in the process for restoring civil rights to former felons. The governor pledges a 60-day turnaround period on all completed applications, compared to a previous standard of six months or more. Those ...

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Cuccinelli moves to Prince William

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and his family have moved from Fairfax County to Nokesville in Prince William County. The News & Messenger notes the Cuccinellis bought a 10-acre spread in that community near Manassas. The property sold for $605,000, ...

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Long-distance health care now covered by insurance (access required)

Legislation to mandate insurance coverage for telemedicine services in Virginia won unanimous approval in the 2010 General Assembly. Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law the measure that bars private health insurers from excluding coverage for long-distance health care. The legislation ...

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Judge upholds zero-damage award in airport noise case

Over protests from homeowners, Chesapeake Circuit Judge Randall D. Smith has validated a jury’s determination that the owners were not entitled to any damages as a result of airport noise. A jury found no evidence of damage to the value ...

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High court takes up rail terminal case

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear Montgomery County’s appeal of a circuit court decision allowing public funding for a Norfolk Southern rail yard project. County supervisors are fighting the proposed freight yard near Elliston by attacking the ...

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Former lawyer sentenced to 15 months for tax fraud

A former Arizona lawyer who tried to claim his 51-acre Virginia property as his law office has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. Kevin Witasick was found guilty on a variety of tax charges in February 2009. He was ...

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Work camp hijinks went too far, lawsuit alleges

A federal complaint by a former state prison inmate claims he was tormented by a series of cruel pranks at the hands of a guard at a Botetourt County work camp. The lawsuit reads like a list of frat house ...

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Collection agencies targeted in lawsuit

Roanoke lawyers have filed a federal class action lawsuit against collection agencies over mailings that appear to offer debtors a chance to reduce and manage their debt. The lawsuit claims the companies offer an “opportunity to get ahead” which is ...

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Holt confirmed for marshal

Former Roanoke County Sheriff Gerald Holt has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Virginia. Holt’s confirmation was hailed by Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner. “I congratulate Gerald Holt ...

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