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No coverage for contractor torture claim

In the ongoing talk about torture, recent revelations suggest that private contractors may have stepped in to employ harsh tactics, or at least to suggest their use. Military contractors did not have business insurance coverage for claims by Iraqi nationals that ...

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Briefing underway in rail lawsuit

The lawsuit to block a proposed rail transfer facility in Montgomery County could be heard by September. The Roanoke Times reports that the county is trying to block the project, arguing that Virginia’s constitution forbids state funding of private railroad ...

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Wilkinson opposes higher in-state requirement

Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals spoke out against legislation to require more Virginians be admitted to state colleges. During the University of Virginia’s commencement Sunday, Judge Wilkinson said that requiring UVA to ...

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Congressman meets with drywall victims

Rep. Glenn Nye, D-Norfolk, toured a home affected by Chinese drywall this past Saturday. The Nguyens have been displaced from thier home in the Little Neck area of Virginia Beach after suffering various health problems due to exposure to the ...

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School board members immune

Members of the Buchanan County School Board are protected from a reporter’s civil rights suit challenging his ban from school property, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled May 14. Reporter Earl Cole was observed on school grounds taking ...

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Grand jury investigating Franklin County sheriff’s office

A special grand jury has been authorized to investigate possible time sheet padding at the Franklin County sheriff’s office. Last week, Virginia State Police launched an investigation focusing on timesheets of the sheriff’s daughter. The judge’s order does not detail ...

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Grand jury investigating Franklin County sheriff’s office

A special grand jury has been authorized to investigate possible time sheet padding at the Franklin County sheriff’s office. Last week, Virginia State Police launched an investigation focusing on timesheets of the sheriff’s daughter. The judge’s order does not detail ...

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Military training facility is scratched

A Shenandoah County landowner has withdrawn his request for permission to build a private military-style training facility in the rural county. This tactical retreat spelled victory for the local grassroots organization fighting against the development. But the Daily News Record reports ...

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Military training facility is scratched

A Shenandoah County landowner has withdrawn his request for permission to build a private military-style training facility in the rural county. This tactical retreat spelled victory for the local grassroots organization fighting against the development. But the Daily News Record reports ...

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