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Lawmakers go on fundraising frenzy before session

(AP) Want to know who gave your state delegate or senator money just before the legislative session started? Tough luck. Like they do every year, Virginia lawmakers kept busy raising money from the businesses and trade associations that try to ...

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Herring will defend electric rate freeze law he opposed

(AP) Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring plans to fight a legal challenge to a new law related to electric rates his office said could lead to Dominion Virginia Power’s customers paying $1.5 billion more than is fair. Herring’s office said ...

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Supreme Court seat still in doubt (access required)

General Assembly leaders first scheduled, then cancelled, interviews with Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. as the 2016 General Assembly moved into its first full week of activity. The interviews were intended as the first step in the ...

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Senate panel blocks move to decriminalize adultery

(AP) A legislative panel has rejected a bill to decriminalize adultery in Virginia. Media outlets reported that the Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed the measure on a voice vote Monday. State law classifies marital infidelity as a misdemeanor punishable ...

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Rehearing for possible ‘interpanel’ conflict (access required)

An employee who was injured in a fall from a ladder and then laid off when her employer outsourced its custodial work will have another chance to pursue workers’ compensation. On Jan. 12, the Virginia Court of Appeals granted rehearing ...

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Supreme Court seat again in doubt (access required)

Another maverick Republican senator is threatening to unravel the party’s plan to put Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. on the state Supreme Court. State Sen. Glen H. Sturtevant Jr. – who succeeded Sen. John C. Watkins ...

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U.S. justices will hear McDonnell’s appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court will hear former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal of his public corruption convictions. The justices said Friday that they will review lower court rulings that upheld the convictions based on what McDonnell says is an ...

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Judge allows GOP loyalty pledge

(AP) Donald Trump supporters have lost the first round in their battle to prevent the Republican Party from requiring voters to sign a statement of GOP affiliation before casting ballots in Virginia’s presidential primary. U.S. District Judge Hannah M. Lauck ...

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Day care teacher convicted in ‘baby fight club’ case

MANASSAS (AP) A day care teacher who turned her classroom into what a prosecutor called a “baby fight club” was convicted Wednesday on more than a dozen criminal charges. Sarah Jordan, 31, of Woodbridge, was the lead teacher of 1-year-old ...

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Judge to rule Thursday on GOP ‘loyalty oath’

(AP) A federal judge said she will rule Thursday on a bid by Donald Trump supporters to immediately block the use of a party affiliation statement in Virginia’s Republican presidential primary. U.S. District Judge Hannah Lauck vigorously questioned lawyers about ...

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