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Rubin to be top lobbyist for VCU

Mark Rubin, a senior advisor to former Gov. Tim Kaine, yesterday became the chief lobbyist for Virginia Commonwealth University. Rubin’s official title is executive director government relations, slightly different than that of his predecessor, Don Gehring, who was vice president ...

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Rubin to be top lobbyist for VCU

Mark Rubin, a senior advisor to former Gov. Tim Kaine, yesterday became the chief lobbyist for Virginia Commonwealth University. Rubin’s official title is executive director government relations, slightly different than that of his predecessor, Don Gehring, who was vice president ...

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Kinser to be next chief justice

The Supreme Court of Virginia today selected Justice Cynthia D. Kinser to be the first woman to serve as chief justice of the court. Kinser is third in seniority on the court to the current chief, Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr., ...

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Altria leads list of biggest-spending lobbyists

Altria spent the most in the last legislative year in lobbying Virginia public officials, according to the annual report by the Virginia Public Access Project. The holding company that has Philip Morris USA as its principal asset spent $328,848, according ...

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Cuccinelli bid for UVa documents lacks support, judge holds

Retired Albemarle County Circuit Judge Paul M. Peatross Jr. has sided with the University of Virginia in its effort to block Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s investigation of records from a climate change researcher. In a letter opinion today, Peatross ...

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No autism link, appellate panel finds

A second panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today upheld a special master’s finding that there is no connection between autism and a mercury-based preservative in the measles-mumps rubella vaccine. The first panel issued its opinion ...

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Hate letter brings $545,000 verdict in neo-Nazi case

A group of tenants attacked in a letter from Roanoke white supremacist Bill White has won a jury verdict against White and his American National Socialist Workers Party in a federal civil trial. The jury awarded compensatory damages of $265,000 ...

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