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State bar pass rate rebounds slightly

Despite national worries about declining bar passage rates in the wake of reports of lowered admission standards at some law schools, the overall pass rate improved somewhat in Virginia this year. The rate of 71.05 percent for the July exam ...

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Justices to hear Hanover sign dispute

ASHLAND (AP) A legal dispute between the owner of an RV dealership and Hanover County has reached the Supreme Court of Virginia. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports EMAC LLC, the owner of the land where McGeorge Rolling Hills RV Supercenter is ...

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Farm owner faces animal cruelty charges

ORANGE (AP) Authorities say the owner of an animal rescue organization faces animal cruelty charges in connection with the neglect and mistreatment of dozens of animals. Orange County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dana Wheeler said Monday that Anne Goland of Peaceable Farms ...

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Former Bristol mayor pleads to fraud

ABINDGON (AP) A former Bristol mayor and utilities board member has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from a NASCAR ticket scheme. Paul Hurley pleaded guilty on Monday to mail fraud and lying to a federal grand jury. U.S. Attorney ...

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