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Witness: Dog detected traces of slain student

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A former detective testified Monday that a police bloodhound detected traces of a slain University of Virginia student inside the apartment and on the car door of the man charged in her killing. According to media outlets, former ...

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Appeals court: FBI fitness test not discriminatory

(AP) A federal appeals court says an FBI physical fitness test that imposes different standards for male and female trainees doesn’t amount to illegal sex discrimination. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reached that conclusion ...

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New Wise prosecutor cuts private work (access required)

Newly elected Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp is doing away with private prosecutor work for some of the municipal cases in the county and the city of Norton. Previously, local ordinance cases and misdemeanors were handled by private attorneys ...

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Court tightens use of sealed documents (access required)

Eastern District federal judges have revised their rules to raise the bar for filing of documents under seal. Under a new version of Local Civil Rule 5, the judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ...

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University dean suing Rolling Stone seeks text messages

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Lawyers for a University of Virginia dean who’s suing Rolling Stone magazine are asking a judge to force the subject of a debunked article about an alleged gang rape on campus to reveal text messages and other communications ...

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Lawyer sentenced in slaying of his mother (access required)

A Blacksburg attorney has accepted a sentence of between 16 and 20 years for the shooting death of his mother at her North Carolina home. Evidence suggested William H. Yongue IV killed his mother to prevent her from reporting his ...

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Norfolk official indicted on public corruption charges

NORFOLK (AP) Norfolk’s city treasurer took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and received home renovations and high-end appliances from a developer in exchange for helping the company obtain approval for projects, according to an indictment unsealed Friday. Most ...

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Judges pick new congressional map

(AP) A federal court has picked a new congressional map for Virginia that significantly changes the racial makeup of two districts and could help Democrats pick up a seat. But the new map could be short lived if the U.S. ...

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‘Involuntary intoxication’ defense planned in lawyer attack

MCLEAN (AP) Attorneys for a man charged with attacking a lawyer and his wife say they plan to use a rare involuntary intoxication defense — arguing that his mental state at the time of the offense resulted from the use ...

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Court affirms man’s convictions for threatening ex-wife

(AP) A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions and nearly eight-year prison sentence of a Roanoke man who threatened to have his ex-wife beaten. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against avowed ...

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