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Environmentalists, utilities eye coal ash trial

(AP) Potentially cleaner rivers or possible higher electric prices. That is what’s at stake in an upcoming federal court ruling in Virginia that could have far-reaching effects on how energy companies dispose of the waste known as coal ash, left ...

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Court denies hospital’s bid to perform brain test

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has denied a hospital’s request to allow it to immediately perform a test to determine whether a 2-year-old who choked on a piece of popcorn is brain dead. The court Friday denied a petition ...

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Dallas killings won’t delay Va. trial

DINWIDDIE (AP) A judge has ruled that a man accused of killing a Virginia State Police trooper cannot have his capital murder trial delayed because of the Dallas shooting in which five officers died last week. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ...

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Ex-city attorney gets 6-month sentence (access required)

Former Bristol city attorney Walter Bressler was sentenced to six months in federal prison Monday for his involvement with a bribery and kickback scandal at the utilities authority where he served as general counsel. A former agency board chairman was ...

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Judge rules against death row inmates

(AP) A federal judge has ruled against Virginia inmates in a case regarding conditions on the state’s death row. Prison officials overhauled death row policies last year after several inmates sued the state. Officials granted inmates more recreation time, among ...

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Correction: Police-Fewer Tickets story

(AP) In a story July 7 about traffic tickets, The Associated Press erroneously reported the nature of a written warning system. While the system was inspired by what some residents consider aggressive enforcement, the Chesterfield County Police Department has not ...

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Officer cleared in fatal shooting of murder suspect

NORFOLK (AP) An officer was cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting death of a fugitive murder suspect who fired on police when they tried to arrest him, a prosecutor said Friday. Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Gregory D. Underwood wrote in a ...

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Court approves Alpha bankruptcy plan

(AP) Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources Inc. received court approval Thursday for a bankruptcy plan which includes the sale of certain core assets to lenders and outlines how to pay for cleanup of mines that have closed or might yet ...

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Anti-Trump delegate hopes for ruling that sends message

(AP) A Virginia delegate to the GOP national convention who opposes Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is hoping a favorable ruling on a legal challenge to state election law will serve as a last-minute spark to help dump the billionaire businessman ...

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