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Republicans start session leading House 51-49

Republicans in Virginia’s House began the session Wednesday with a 51-49 majority after winning a two-month recount battle in one district and staving off legal challenges from voters over ballot problems in another. The House of Delegates seated two Republicans ...

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2018 General Assembly session set to kick off

(AP) The Virginia General Assembly is set to kick off its 2018 session. Lawmakers will officially convene at noon Wednesday, and a host of new faces will fill the House of Delegates, where Democrats picked up 15 seats in the ...

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Sheriff criticizes mental health system as inmate found dead

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) An inmate has been found dead at a Virginia Beach jail, leading the sheriff to speak out against the state’s mental health system. The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that a deputy and a ...

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Supreme Court takes the wheel in 2 cases of vehicle searches

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court’s justices put themselves in the driver’s seat Tuesday, hearing arguments in two cases involving vehicle searches, but it was unclear what routes the justices will take to resolve the cases. One case involved Pennsylvania ...

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Ball to serve in Northam administration (access required)

Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has hired Richmond lawyer Brian Ball as special advisor to the governor for economic development and deputy secretary of commerce and trade. On Jan. 9, Northam announced two appointments within the commerce and trade secretariat and plans for restructuring ...

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Heytens named as solicitor general (access required)

University of Virginia law Prof. Toby J. Heytens will take the reins as solicitor general to start the second term of Attorney General Mark R. Herring. Heytens succeeds Acting Solicitor General Trevor S. Cox who will return to private practice, ...

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Crump jumps firms (access required)

A partner’s move means a name change for a downtown Richmond law firm. Beverley L. “Bev” Crump moved from the DurretteCrump Law Firm to work at ThompsonMcMullan, effective Jan. 1. The move led to a change from the DurretteCrump name ...

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4th Circuit strikes down local law on anti-abortion centers

(AP) A Baltimore law that required an anti-abortion pregnancy counseling center to post disclaimers in its waiting room is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Baltimore ordinance violated the ...

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Fairfax legislators pick 2 for J&DR judgeships (access required)

Members of the Fairfax County delegation to the General Assembly have selected two attorneys for possible election to seats on the county juvenile and domestic relations bench. The legislators voted Friday to back Maha-Rebekah Abejuela of the county attorney’s office ...

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Fairfax hires Roberts as chief of staff (access required)

Virginia Lt.-Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax has announced the hiring of Virginia attorney Larry Roberts as chief of staff. Both Fairfax and Roberts have said they will leave employment with the Venable law firm as they work for the state. Fairfax’ position ...

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