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School board to seek review of transgender case

(AP) A Virginia school board says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision allowing a transgender student to use the boys’ restrooms at his school. The Gloucester County School Board divulged its plans in ...

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Feds: Judge tried to coach witness (access required)

A Bristol juvenile and domestic relations judge is reportedly under investigation for possible witness tampering in the public corruption trial of his wife. Documents filed by prosecutors in connection with the Bristol utilities scandal allege two apparent attempts by Judge ...

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US high court to look at Virginia districts

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court said Monday it will review a districting plan for the Virginia House of Delegates that challengers say gives too little power to African-American voters in an effort to boost Republican strength. The case concerns claims ...

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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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