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LGA taps new officers, directors for 2016-17 (access required)

The Local Government Attorneys of Virginia Inc. elected new officers and members of its board of directors at its recent conference in Virginia Beach. For a one-year term, the officers for 2016-17 are: • President, W. Clarke Whitfield Jr., Danville ...

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Lawsuit filed in death of mentally ill inmate

FAIRFAX (AP) The family of a mentally ill woman who died after being stunned multiple times by a Taser at the Fairfax County jail has filed a $15 million wrongful death lawsuit. Thirty-seven-year-old Natasha McKenna of Alexandria died in February ...

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Death penalty dedeadline set in Easter slaying case

(AP) Prosecutors have two months to decide whether a Henrico County man charged in the shooting deaths of his parents will face the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a judge on June 2 ordered prosecutor Shannon ...

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4th Circuit rules terror defendant can be forcibly medicated

(AP) A mentally ill North Carolina man accused of trying to join al Qaida-linked fighters in Syria can be forcibly medicated to see if that will make him competent for trial, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A three-judge panel ...

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Appeals court refuses to rehear transgender restroom case

(AP) The debate over whether transgender students should be able to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals court refused Tuesday to reconsider a three-judge panel’s ruling ...

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Court: No warrant needed for cell tower records

(AP) Police do not have to get a search warrant to obtain records about cellphone locations in criminal investigations, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case closely watched by privacy rights advocates. The 12-3 decision by the full 4th ...

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