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Author Archives: The Associated Press

Suit challenges pipeline, federal agency

ROANOKE (AP) A newly filed lawsuit is seeking to stop federal regulators from granting the developers of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline the power of eminent domain. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Roanoke on behalf of ...

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Richmond city attorney assaulted in courthouse

(AP) An official says a Richmond city attorney was assaulted by a juvenile in a courthouse. City Attorney Allen Jackson tells the Richmond Times Dispatch that Deputy City Attorney Kate O’Leary was representing the Department of Social Services in proceedings at the ...

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Virginia man sentenced over Facebook post on father’s death

ROANOKE (AP) A Virginia man whose father was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in a standoff has been sentenced on a charge of threatening retaliation in a Facebook post. The Roanoke Times reports 27-year-old James A. Burton was to be ...

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Suit claims tavern exiled boy with gluten allergy

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) A lawsuit claims that Colonial Williamsburg removed a boy from a restaurant and forced him to sit in the rain because he brought his own food. The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the 11-year-old was on a school field trip ...

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Another mistrial for man held for 2 years without conviction

STAFFORD (AP) Another mistrial has been declared in the case of a Stafford man charged with child sex abuse who has spent more than two years in jail without a conviction. The Free Lance-Star reports 35-year-old Herbert Eugene Smitley’s trial for aggravated ...

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Judge orders tests, new plan for leaking coal ash site

(AP) Virginia’s largest utility must submit a revised plan for dealing with its leaking piles of coal ash at a retired power plant in Chesapeake and conduct at least two years of environmental testing at the site, a federal judge ...

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Fairfax murder case ends in mistrial

CHANTILLY (AP) A Fairfax County judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a park worker accused of fatally stabbing a caterer at a wedding celebration. The jury deliberated for hours before telling the judge that they could not ...

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Fourth Circuit: Board’s prayer practice is unconstitutional

(AP) Elected officials’ practice of opening meetings in North Carolina with Christian prayer and inviting audience members to join is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a closely watched case likely headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. The ...

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Virginia Supreme Court sides with pipeline in survey lawsuit

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled in favor of the company developing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a lawsuit against a woman who sought to keep surveyors off her property. Hazel Palmer owns land in Augusta County along ...

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Inmate lawsuit claims his hepatitis wasn’t properly treated

(AP)  An inmate has sued the Virginia Department of Corrections claiming that it has failed to properly treat his hepatitis C. Terry Riggleman filed the lawsuit with the help of legal advocacy groups on June 26 in state court, the ...

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