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Prison officials work on stopping inmate cell calls

Officials from Virginia attended a Maryland session yesterday to test devices designed to find illegal cellphones used by prison inmates. Most of the technology tested doesn’t jam cellphone signals, which is prohibited by federal law. However, legislation that would allow ...

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Wheelchair bait-and-switch brings seven-year sentence

A Florida man is headed to federal prison for more than seven years for running a bait-and-switch operation that advertised power scooters for Medicare patients.  Instead of the jaunty power scooters they saw on television ads, the victims were stuck ...

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Show-and-telephone game

Sexy cell-phone photos may get into the wrong hands, as illustrated by the latest cautionary tale to come through federal court. A woman who sued Culpeper police for their unauthorized game of show-and-telephone of her nude pictures on a cell ...

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Virginia gets $12 million from drug settlement

Virginia health care plans will recover nearly $12 million under the nation’s largest ever health care settlement announced today, reports the state’s attorney general. Bill Mims said Virginia’s total federal and state Medicaid recovery under the government’s agreement with pharmaceutical ...

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Banks escape from mortgage fraud lawsuit

Virginia investors who claim they were defrauded into buying overpriced real estate in coastal Carolina have lost their bid to sue seven banks in their federal mortgage fraud lawsuit. In a 36-page memorandum order, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ...

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Another loss for a ‘big box’ developer

Developers who hoped to build a 184,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter in Abingdon did not have “vested rights” for the project even though the town planning commission may have approved by default a final site plan, under a ruling last week by ...

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Supreme Court won’t hear immunity case

The Supreme Court of Virginia has decided that a third major charitable immunity case in four years isn’t necessary. The court refused a petition for appeal last week in Figueroa-Jiminez v. Didlake Inc., Record No. 091183, a case from Prince ...

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