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Appeal granted in proffer clash (access required)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a simmering dispute over when Virginia localities have to delay their collection of cash proffers from developers. Some fast-growing communities require builders to make cash payments in exchange for approval of their building ...

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Gun permit applications surge in Wise County

The burgeoning demand for concealed weapon permits shows no sign of cooling off, at least in Southwest Virginia. Wise County court officials have received more applications for pistol permits in the first six months of 2013 than permits issued for ...

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Deal set for Cavalier makeover

While lawyers, judges and academics partook of legal education, fellowship and sunshine at the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting Friday, the soon-to-be new owner of The Cavalier Hotel unveiled details of an agreement for renovation of the historic property. The ...

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Court reporter pleads guilty to obstruction

A Wise County court reporter has admitted helping a lawyer try to dodge federal drug charges. Ernest Benko, 67, was accused of recording depositions of federal witnesses at the behest of lawyer Stuart Collins. Authorities contended Benko knew that he ...

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