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Marathon winners disqualified for using agent tied to doping

(AP) Marathon winners in Virginia have been stripped of their titles. Officials said they were managed by a Russian sports agent who was banned from participating in the races — and many others — over doping concerns. The Richmond Times-Dispatch ...

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Branscom among early judicial interviews (access required)

Botetourt County Commonwealth’s Attorney Joel R. Branscom may have a smooth path to a circuit court judgeship. He is only non-incumbent judge on a list of candidates up for interviews before the General Assembly courts committees on Dec. 8. The ...

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VSB revokes lawyer convicted in Medicaid fraud case (access required)

A Virginia-licensed lawyer who served as corporate counsel for a Florida health care company agreed to give up his law license after his guilty plea in a Medicaid fraud investigation. Thaddeus M.S. Bereday admitted to making a false statement to ...

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Bond security company fights back against oversight agency (access required)

An Augusta County-based business that facilitates bond for immigrant detainees by renting GPS ankle bracelets is suing a federal agency over what it calls “nefarious tactics” in an investigation. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a civil investigative demand to ...

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Supreme Court takes a technological step forward

WASHINGTON (AP) Surely but slowly, the Supreme Court is entering the 21st century. The court is making new legal filings available online starting Monday, years behind the rest of the federal court system. Can livestreamed audio of arguments and even ...

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Judge tosses 2 charges against white nationalist

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A Virginia judge on Thursday dismissed two of the three felony counts levied against a prominent white nationalist charged after a torch-lit rally at the University of Virginia. Christopher Cantwell of Keene, New Hampshire, is accused of pepper-spraying ...

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Goodlatte to retire (access required)

WASHINGTON (AP) Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who leads the House Judiciary Committee, announced Thursday he will retire at the end of his 13th term, becoming the latest GOP chairman not to seek re-election even though Republicans control all levers of power ...

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Government dropping fraud suit against nursing chain

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Just one week after Justice Department lawyers argued that a national nursing-care provider had bilked Medicare out of millions of dollars in unnecessary services, government lawyers are now moving to drop their lawsuit entirely. Toledo, Ohio-based HCR ManorCare, ...

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Legal aid society receives grant of over $100,000 (access required)

Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society recently found out they will receive a $115,250 grant from the Legal Services Corporation. LSC awarded the Technology Initiative Grant to Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society so that they can use the money to help ...

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Lawsuit: Family sought to cover up fatal boat accident

(AP) The parents of a man who died in a Virginia boating accident this summer say their son’s friend drunkenly fled the scene and got his parents’ help to try to cover up the crash. The parents of 31-year-old banker ...

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