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Virginia man in same-sex custody case ordered to prison

(AP) A pastor convicted of helping a Virginia woman flee the country rather than share custody of her daughter with her former Vermont same-sex partner has been ordered to federal prison after a court rejected an appeal of his 2012 ...

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Ruling puts payday loan lawsuit back in court

(AP) A federal appeals court has put a Virginia man’s lawsuit over a payday loan back before a judge. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously reversed U.S. District Judge John Gibney’s order ...

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Bid for transparency of execution drugs hits roadblock

(AP) A Virginia lawmaker is joining a chorus of voices across numerous states pushing officials to reveal the source of drugs used in lethal-injection executions. But Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell’s measure appears to have little chance of passing this year: ...

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Appeals court affirms ruling in Somali torture claim

(AP) A federal appeals court in Virginia has affirmed a judge’s decision to dismiss one count in a Somali farmer’s lawsuit against a former officer who he says tortured him in his homeland. In a ruling issued Monday, a three-judge ...

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High court rejects GOP request to delay new map

(AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request from Virginia’s Congressional Republicans to put a new congressional map on hold and allow the 2016 elections to proceed under the old boundaries. The high court issued its denial Monday. Republicans ...

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River-protection group to sue over wastewater vote

(AP) Environmental lawyers say they will challenge Virginia’s approval of the discharge of millions of gallons of coal ash wastewater into Quantico Creek and the Potomac River. The Southern Environmental Law Center said Monday it is filing the challenge on ...

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Court: Norfolk violated free speech rights

(AP) A federal appeals court has ruled Norfolk officials violated a business owner’s free-speech rights by sanctioning him for displaying a critical banner. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ordered the city to ...

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McAuliffe, Republicans to announce deal on guns

(AP) Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican lawmakers have reached a deal that strengthens some gun control measures while reversing a policy that would have invalidated concealed handgun permits in Virginia held by residents of 25 other states. McAuliffe spokesman ...

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4th Circuit considers transgender restroom dispute

(AP) Public schools and courts across the country will be closely watching a Virginia case for guidance on restroom policies about gender and gender identity, a lawyer for a transgender teenager said Wednesday after a hearing before a Richmond-based federal ...

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Richmond attorney to seek GOP AG nomination

(AP) The fight over who gets to be the Republican nominee in the 2017 Virginia attorney general race is ramping up. Richmond attorney John Adams told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he would announce his plans to run for the ...

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