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Mayor proposes law school in Roanoke

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers used a state of the city address today to float a proposal for a law school in the Star City. “Lynchburg has a law school. Greensboro has a law school. Grundy has a law school, and ...

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County admits missteps over group homes

Wythe County officials have promised to issue public apologies and reform handling of housing matters in order to settle a civil lawsuit filed by the state attorney general. When a group home for up to eight children with mental disabilities ...

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Sunset for Melendez fix?

Legislators continue to hammer out language for their anticipated fix of prosecutors’ proof problems in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. That June 25 decision put in doubt the system Virginia uses to have laboratory ...

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Sunset for Melendez fix?

Legislators continue to hammer out language for their anticipated fix of prosecutors’ proof problems in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. That June 25 decision put in doubt the system Virginia uses to have laboratory ...

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King found guilty in Matko slaying

A Chesterfield County jury returned guilty verdicts this afternoon against 18-year-old Detavis King in the drug-related shooting death of 16-year-old Ryan Matko nearly two years ago.  King was found guilty of both first-degree murder and using a firearm in the ...

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Coal permit too lax on mercury, judge rules

Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer gave environmentalists a victory by invalidating a permit for a major coal-fired power plant in Southwest Virginia. In yesterday’s ruling, Judge Spencer said that the state Air Pollution Control Board erred in issuing the permit ...

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Alexander will be judge for VT lawsuits

Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander has been appointed to hear the two lawsuits filed against the state over the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech.  The five judges of the 27th circuit recused themselves because of links with Virginia Tech ...

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