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Judge allows withdrawal of guilty plea

A man accused of molesting his stepson 20 years ago has been allowed to withdraw his guilty plea to four counts of forcible sodomy. The Daily News Record reports that Circuit Judge T.J. Wilson reconsidered Friday his ruling the previous ...

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Mine companies win mountaintop appeal

A divided panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Friday to allow mountaintop removal mining without more extensive environmental reviews.  The 2-1 decision was written by Judge Roger L. Gregory, joined by Judge Dennis W. Shedd.  Judge ...

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Peanut company files for bankruptcy

The embattled Peanut Corp. of America has filed for bankruptcy in the Western District of Virginia. The Lynchburg-headquartered company is facing a federal criminal investigation and an expected flood of lawsuits over peanut products allegedly tainted with salmonella bacteria. PCA’s ...

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DLA Piper announces layoffs

Megafirm DLA Piper US LLP is laying off 180 employees nationwide. “Given market conditions, we have concluded with deep regret that we must reduce our US workforce by approximately 80 associates and 100 staff,” wrote DLA Piper spokesman Jason Costa ...

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Alston elected to Court of Appeals

The General Assembly elected Prince William County Circuit Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. to the Virginia Court of Appeals this afternoon. The legislature had elected Alston to a second eight-year term on the circuit court earlier in the session. He ...

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