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Cuccinelli out as Supreme Court nominee

(AP) Former Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli withdrew his name for consideration for the state Supreme Court on Wednesday as Republican lawmakers said they’d settled on a replacement candidate to fill a vacancy on the high court. The ...

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Fixed-fee medical plans advance

(AP) Legislation aimed at protecting a growing health care model where patients pay their doctors a periodic fee in return for agreed-upon primary care services is moving toward becoming law. The Virginia Senate narrowly approved the measure Wednesday despite strong ...

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Hedrick is Young Lawyer of the Year

The Richmond Bar Association is honoring Hirschler Fleischer partner Lisa J. Hedrick with its Young Lawyer of the Year award. The award is presented annually to a member of the group’s young lawyers section who has displayed both excellence and ...

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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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