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Feds reject proposed forest route for pipeline

(AP) The U.S. Forest Service has rejected the proposed route of a 550-mile natural gas pipeline through national forests in Virginia and West Virginia because of concerns over the project’s impact on an endangered salamander and other resources. In a ...

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Marcus gains top post at AALS (access required)

William & Mary law Prof. Paul Marcus has been selected as president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools. The action came Jan. 9 during the association’s annual meeting in New York. Marcus is the Hugh and Nollie Haynes Professor ...

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Clemens to advance to seat in 23rd Circuit (access required)

General District Judge J. Christopher Clemens is likely to move up to the Roanoke Valley circuit bench this year as legislators resolved a split between two bar groups. The two bar associations in the Roanoke Valley endorsed two different candidates ...

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Lawyers challenge implied consent law (access required)

Two Northern Virginia attorneys are collaborating on a challenge to the law that requires drivers to provide a breath alcohol test upon arrest for DUI. The government “cannot punish a person or rescind a governmentally-bestowed privilege as a consequence for ...

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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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