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McDonnell streamlines rights restoration

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced sweeping changes in the process for restoring civil rights to former felons. The governor pledges a 60-day turnaround period on all completed applications, compared to a previous standard of six months or more. Those ...

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Cuccinelli moves to Prince William

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and his family have moved from Fairfax County to Nokesville in Prince William County. The News & Messenger notes the Cuccinellis bought a 10-acre spread in that community near Manassas. The property sold for $605,000, ...

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No give-back for $3M ED award

A husband who voluntarily paid a $3 million equitable distribution award and $72,000 of wife’s attorney’s fees has forfeited his right to challenge the court-ordered payments on appeal, the Court of Appeals said yesterday. But the husband got a consolation ...

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Judge upholds zero-damage award in airport noise case

Over protests from homeowners, Chesapeake Circuit Judge Randall D. Smith has validated a jury’s determination that the owners were not entitled to any damages as a result of airport noise. A jury found no evidence of damage to the value ...

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High court takes up rail terminal case

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear Montgomery County’s appeal of a circuit court decision allowing public funding for a Norfolk Southern rail yard project. County supervisors are fighting the proposed freight yard near Elliston by attacking the ...

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Former lawyer sentenced to 15 months for tax fraud

A former Arizona lawyer who tried to claim his 51-acre Virginia property as his law office has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. Kevin Witasick was found guilty on a variety of tax charges in February 2009. He was ...

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Work camp hijinks went too far, lawsuit alleges

A federal complaint by a former state prison inmate claims he was tormented by a series of cruel pranks at the hands of a guard at a Botetourt County work camp. The lawsuit reads like a list of frat house ...

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Collection agencies targeted in lawsuit

Roanoke lawyers have filed a federal class action lawsuit against collection agencies over mailings that appear to offer debtors a chance to reduce and manage their debt. The lawsuit claims the companies offer an “opportunity to get ahead” which is ...

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