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Lawsuit: Jail staff never gave inmate meds before her death

(AP) A Virginia inmate suffered a fatal stroke in her cell after jail employees never gave her the stroke-prevention medications she had been prescribed after open-heart surgery, according to a lawsuit. Jaimee Kirkwood Reese, 32, died in a hospital upon ...

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Democrats still looking for answers on immigration arrests

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Nearly a month after at least two people were arrested by immigration officers outside a northern Virginia church, Democratic lawmakers from across the country say they are still seeking answers about what happened. The Feb. 8 arrests across ...

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Lawyer suspended for misrepresenting judge’s message (access required)

A Fairfax County lawyer who misrepresented a message from a judge’s office has been suspended for a year and a day. At a Feb. 17 hearing, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board also found that attorney Dominick A. Pilli bungled ...

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Virginia school board: Court should delay transgender case

WASHINGTON (AP) The Virginia school board that wants to keep a transgender teen from using the boys’ restroom at his high school is calling on the Supreme Court to delay consideration of the case to allow the Trump administration to ...

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Supreme Court revives challenge by black voters in Virginia

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court gave new life Wednesday to a challenge by African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed some legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican. The justices tossed out the part ...

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Judge: Suit challenging legislative districts can proceed

(AP) — A Richmond judge says a lawsuit challenging several Virginia legislative boundaries can move forward. Richmond Circuit Judge W. Reilly Marchant rejected a bid to dismiss the case on Tuesday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Leadership in Virginia’s House of ...

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Judge allows corporate questioning in Virginia VW cases (access required)

Despite national settlement agreements in which automaker Volkswagen agreed to repair or buy back defective diesel cars, a Virginia judge this month refused to block a deposition of a corporate official with VW’s U.S. subsidiary. Lawyers for one of 20 ...

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Virginia lawmakers wrap up session focused on budget

(AP) Virginia lawmakers finished their work for the 2017 legislative session, ending a six week sprint that saw bipartisan cooperation on some issues, such as treating opioid addiction. The General Assembly adjourned Saturday after lawmakers gave final approval to the ...

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Marks & Harrison again victimized by theft

An administrator for the Marks & Harrison law firm has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing thousands over an eight-year period. The thefts reportedly took place at the same time that a former Marks & Harrison partner ...

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Execution date set for defendant in murder for hire

HARRISONBURG (AP) An execution date has been set for a man convicted of hiring someone to kill his former girlfriend, who was the mother of his child. On Friday, the Rockingham County Circuit Court set April 25 as the date ...

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