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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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Legislature returns; governor to outline vision

(AP) Lawmakers are returning to Richmond today to kick off the 2016 legislative session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s State of the Commonwealth speech. The Democratic governor is entering his third year in office and will be seeking support ...

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Lawyer must accept her own settlement (access required)

A lawyer who sued Frontier Airlines for discriminatory delay in allowing her to board a flight must accept a settlement negotiated by her lawyer husband, a federal appeals court said on Jan. 7. The plaintiff had named a number, the ...

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Bill would let clerks deny marriage licenses to gay couples

(AP) After a county clerk in Kentucky spent five days in jail last year for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a Republican lawmaker in Virginia is pushing legislation aimed at protecting local elected officials who object to ...

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Witness: Dog detected traces of slain student

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A former detective testified Monday that a police bloodhound detected traces of a slain University of Virginia student inside the apartment and on the car door of the man charged in her killing. According to media outlets, former ...

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Appeals court: FBI fitness test not discriminatory

(AP) A federal appeals court says an FBI physical fitness test that imposes different standards for male and female trainees doesn’t amount to illegal sex discrimination. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reached that conclusion ...

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New Wise prosecutor cuts private work (access required)

Newly elected Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp is doing away with private prosecutor work for some of the municipal cases in the county and the city of Norton. Previously, local ordinance cases and misdemeanors were handled by private attorneys ...

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