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Ottinger named to Norfolk Development board (access required)

Norfolk lawyer Richard Ottinger has been appointed to the board of directors of the Norfolk Economic Development Author­ity (NEDA), a politi­cal subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia with a goal to promote industry and to encourage busi­nesses to both locate ...

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Lawsuit advances in case of dog snatched by PETA

NORFOLK (AP) A multi-million dollar civil suit will proceed against an animal-rights group whose employees allegedly kidnapped and euthanized a family’s Chihuahua on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in 2014. WBOC-TV reports that a judge in Norfolk recently released an opinion that ...

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AP Sources: VW to pay near $10.2B to settle emissions claims

DETROIT (AP) Volkswagen will spend about $10.2 billion to settle an emissions cheating scandal in the U.S. that has turned into one of the largest cases of corporate deception in the nation’s history. Two people briefed on settlement talks said ...

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Trial witness was fake federal agent

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) Authorities say a Virginia man has pleaded guilty to pretending to be a federal agent on the witness stand. Officials say Luis Latorre-Roman II of Toano impersonated a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security while ...

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Judge orders bathroom access for transgender student

(AP) A Virginia school board must allow a transgender teen to use the boys restroom while the court considers the legal issues of his case, a federal district judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Robert G. Doumar’s order directs the ...

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ABA asks court to hear Virginia death row case

(AP) The American Bar Association is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a Virginia death row inmate’s appeal. The group says it filed a brief urging the high court to hear Ricky Gray’s case because the state court didn’t ...

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