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Carolina court money struggles sound familiar

With financial pressures putting the squeeze on state budgets across the country, it’s no surprise Virginia is not the only state where money battles put judges and lawmakers at odds. The Charlotte Observer reports the North Carolina legislature is seeking ...

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Governor vetoes redistricting plan

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell vetoed the General Assembly’s redistricting plan this afternoon, citing concerns about several elements of the realignment of Senate districts. The districts in the Senate plan are not compact and do not preserve locality lines and communities ...

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Jury’s verdict against Va Tech totals $101,000

A Roanoke federal jury has determined Virginia Tech discriminated in salaries for two women employees of its fund raising office. The jury returned damages awards totaling $101,000 on Thursday. The amounts could be doubled under the federal Equal Pay Act. ...

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Roanoke federal court facing construction disruption

Complaints are plentiful about the 35-year-old Richard H. Poff Federal Building in Roanoke, but workers at the federal courts are not looking forward to a planned $51-million renovation project. At a Thursday hearing, Congressional critics grilled a General Services Agency ...

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Womble Carlyle to acquire firm in Charleston, SC

With more than 500 lawyers and an office in Tysons Corner, North Carolina-based Womble Carlyle is poised to expand by taking over a 44-lawyer firm in Charleston, SC. Buist Moore Smythe McGhee is Charleston’s largest law firm. Its acquisition by ...

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Lawsuit could lead to explanation for no-show worker

The Norfolk Community Services Board has sued to recover money it spent on salary and benefits for an employee who was allowed to stay at home for 12 years. By naming as defendants the suspended-with-pay worker and four former staffers ...

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Judge replaces prosecutors with defense lawyer

After conflicts arose with two prosecutors’ offices, a Norfolk judge has appointed a criminal defense attorney to take over the government’s case against a man accused in a fatal auto crash. WTKR reports the judge appointed lawyer B. Thomas Reed ...

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