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Committee backs Cuccinelli for Supreme Court

(AP) Senate Republicans endorsed former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for the state Supreme Court on Tuesday in an effort to break an impasse over a vacant high court seat that has clouded the legislative session. But Democrats are skeptical that ...

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Health facility deregulation efforts fail in Senate

(AP) — An effort by Virginia doctors, tea party groups, conservative lawmakers and others to loosen government oversight of new or expanded health care facilities failed Monday, marking a much-lobbied win for the state’s hospitals. The state Senate used a ...

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Senate OKs use of electric chair amid drug shortage

(AP) Virginia would be allowed to force condemned inmates to die in the electric chair under a bill the state Senate approved March 7 as a response to the nationwide shortage of lethal-injection drugs. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has not ...

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Lawyers help tornado victims

Lynchburg-area lawyers are lending a helping hand to Appomattox County tornado victims. The Feb. 24 twister laid waste to homes and churches in the Evergreen community and elsewhere in the county. The Lynchburg Community Action Group put out a call ...

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Governor backs away from FOIA stance (access required)

In a victory for open government advocates, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has backed down from a move to gut an open government bill aimed at overturning a Virginia Supreme Court ruling. The Supreme Court ruled in September that courts owe deference ...

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Supreme Court arguments set in McDonnell case

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s appeal of his corruption conviction will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next month. The high court released a schedule Friday noting that arguments from lawyers will be heard on April 27. In September 2014, ...

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Lawsuit: Officials use statute to punish homeless

ROANOKE (AP) A legal team is challenging a Virginia statute they say criminalizes homeless alcoholics. The Charlottesville-based Legal Aid Justice Center announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit in Roanoke, claiming commonwealth’s attorneys’ offices have used the state’s interdiction ...

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House rejects Roush

(AP) Republican lawmakers formally rejected Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s pick for the Virginia Supreme Court on Wednesday, but offered no clue how they intend to get their preferred judge elected to the high court. The GOP-controlled House voted down Justice ...

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Guilty plea ends case of 2 slain students

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A hospital orderly pleaded guilty Wednesday to abducting and killing two Virginia college students, wrapping up a mystery that began in 2009 when one of the women disappeared from a Metallica concert. The other young woman, 18-year-old Hannah ...

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