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Settlement reached in swim team hazing lawsuit

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A former University of Virginia swim team member and five upperclassmen who he said subjected him to hazing have reached a confidential settlement that withdraws some of the more egregious allegations, according to a statement issued March 29 ...

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Amhearst lawyer’s license restored (access required)

A suspended lawyer who called off a campaign for court clerk after bar charges became public has had his law license restored. Kevin L. Cash of Amherst County was reinstated to the status of active and in good standing with ...

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Groups urge release of report on Virginia inmate death

(AP) Four advocacy organizations are asking Virginia’s governor to turn up the heat on a state investigation into a mentally ill man’s death in a Portsmouth jail. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the organizations sent a letter Monday urging Gov. ...

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2 groups seek dismissal of uranium lawsuit

WISE (AP) Two river-protection groups are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit aimed at ending Virginia’s 1982 ban on the mining of uranium. The Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Wise County Circuit Court on behalf ...

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Jury finds Staunton man guilty in 1983 disappearance

STAUNTON (AP) An 85-year-old Staunton man has been convicted of the killing of another man who disappeared over 30 years ago. Media outlets report an Augusta Coun­ty jury found Charles Almond guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in the death of ...

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Spotts Fain names new managing partner

Spotts Fain PC shareholder Dana D. McDaniel has been elected managing director of the Rich­mond law firm. He succeeds Hugh M. Fain III, who has served as Spotts Fain’s managing di­rector since 1999. The change was effective March 21. McDaniel ...

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Appeals court hears death row inmate’s case

(AP) A Virginia prisoner who killed two people during an escape was improperly denied a chance to show that he wouldn’t do it again if spared the death penalty, his lawyer told a federal appeals court March 22. Attorney Jonathan ...

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Lawyer: Man accused of killing cop is mentally impaired

MANASSAS (AP) An Army staff sergeant charged with shooting and killing a newly sworn Virginia police officer is mentally impaired as a result of his two tours in Iraq, his defense lawyer said Tuesday. Ronald Hamilton, 32, of Woodbridge, is ...

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