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Lawyer regains license after impairment suspension (access required)

A Blacksburg lawyer who was found not guilty of gun and drug charges by reason of insanity in 2013 has regained his law license. Joseph G. Painter Jr. had his Virginia State Bar privileges restored in a May 11 order ...

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Raphael to step down as state solicitor general (access required)

Virginia Solicitor General Stuart A. Raphael, who led a charge against President Trump’s controversial travel ban in February, is resigning at the end of this month. Raphael, of Arlington, was appointed solicitor general in 2014 by then-Attorney General-elect Mark Herring. ...

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Charlottesville-area bar honors Richmond for service

The Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association has honored Joseph W. “Rick” Richmond Jr. with its Lifetime Service Award. The award recognizes a CABA member whose work has embodied the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence and has contributed to improvement ...

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Virginia creates legal guide for service members, veterans

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general has created a new resource guide with information on things like taxes and education for military service members and veterans. The Virginia Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide created by Attorney General Mark Herring’s office is aimed at ...

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Virginia Beach Workers’ Comp office moves (access required)

The Virginia Beach regional office of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission is open in a new location. The new office is at 281 Independence Boulevard, Suite 310. The relocation reportedly provides contiguous space, dedicated mediation space and additional attorney conference ...

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Professor settles with law school (access required)

A former law professor who sued the Appalachian School of Law for allegedly mishandling threats from a student has settled the case. The two sides reached agreement at a settlement conference with Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent on July 27, ...

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Pipeline study underestimated fragmentation of forest

ROANOKE (AP) The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation along with several state agencies say an analysis by the Mountain Valley Pipeline on the project’s impact on intact forests underestimated the effects by more than 300 percent. In a July ...

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Some vacationers booted from Outer Banks head to Virginia

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP)  Some Outer Banks visitors who have been ordered to leave because of a power outage are turning to Virginia Beach to finish out their vacations. Teresa Diaz of the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau said the ...

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Man charged with threatening governor and his family

(AP) Police say a man has been charged with making threats against Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his family. Henrico County Police say state police notified them that 47-year-old Leonard Szweda made threats against the governor and his family. Court records ...

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Virginia judge reverses his prior FOIA ruling

(AP) A judge in Henrico County has reversed a ruling he made in June, saying he made a mistake when he wrote that Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act applied only to public bodies and not individual officials. Henrico County Circuit ...

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