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Weckstein to retire this week

Roanoke Circuit Judge Clifford R. Weckstein is retiring effective Oct. 1. A frequent writer and lecturer on trial advocacy, Weckstein has been a judge of the 23rd Circuit for 28 years. He has been a multi-term chairman of the Judicial ...

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Obenshain rules out 2017 gubernatorial bid

(AP)  State Sen. Mark Obenshain announced Monday that he will not be running for governor in 2017, clearing the way for a potential run by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie. Obenshain, who narrowly lost the state attorney general ...

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Action survives against nursing home chain

A whistleblower lawsuit alleging Medicare fraud by a major national nursing home chain is moving forward in Alexandria federal court. U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton gave a green light this month for the suit alleging that HRC ManorCare encouraged ...

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Ex-lawyer wins early release from jail

A former attorney serving a three-year sentence for embezzling fees from her law firm has won a judge’s permission for early release. Kyle C. Leftwich pocketed fees from disability cases without telling her firm, Marks & Harrison. Sentenced to three ...

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Kuhnel is new Roanoke county attorney

The Roanoke County board of supervisors has named Ruth Ellen Kuhnel as county attorney, to succeed the retiring Paul M. Mahoney. Kuhnel has served as assistant county attorney and senior assistant county attorney for eight years. For five years, she ...

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