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Legal aid office wins $20K grant

The Virginia Legal Aid Society has received a $20,000 grant to help support low-income families in Suffolk and Isle of Wight County. The money comes from the Beazley Foundation Inc., a supporter of many organizations serving South Hampton Roads for ...

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Agreement reached between government, brothers on travel ban

McLEAN (AP) Lawyers for two brothers denied entry to the U.S. under President Donald Trump’s travel ban have reached an agreement with the government, according to court papers filed Thursday. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Alexandria says the ...

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Comp Commission appoints Gillen as Deputy Commissioner

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has appointed Linda M. Gillen as Deputy Commissioner. She will serve as an administrative law judge for evidentiary and on-the record hearings in Richmond, the Commission said. Gillen is a graduate of Marietta College and ...

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Bill would bar naming officers who fire guns

(AP) A Virginia lawmaker wants to forbid a police chief or any public official from naming an officer who discharges a gun, or is under investigation for using force, until an investigation is complete. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Del. ...

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Ginsburg visits Virginia school she helped open to women

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told cadets at the Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday that she knew a 1996 opinion she wrote opening the school to women “would make VMI a better place.” Ginsburg’s visit was her first ...

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Virginia joins lawsuit challenging Trump immigration order

(AP) Virginia is joining a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting travelers from seven Muslim majority nations from entering the U.S., state Attorney General Mark Herring announced on Tuesday. Herring, a Democrat, said Virginia must intervene, arguing ...

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Virginia high court orders hearing in man’s innocence claim

(AP) Virginia’s highest court has ordered that a hearing must be held to gather evidence in the case of a man who claims he didn’t commit a rape he pleaded guilty to nearly four decades ago. The Supreme Court of ...

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‘Jackie’ ordered to hand over documents in Rolling Stone suit

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A judge says the woman at the center of a debunked Rolling Stone magazine story about a rape at the University of Virginia must hand over documents in a second defamation lawsuit. A Charlottesville circuit judge on Monday ...

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Acting attorney general is familiar with tough assignments

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Federal prosecutor Dana Boente, described by a former attorney general as a “consummate utility player,” is being asked to pinch hit again, this time in one of the most influential posts in U.S. government. President Donald Trump tapped ...

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Boente named acting attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) In an extraordinary public showdown, President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general of the United States after she publicly questioned the constitutionality of his refugee and immigration ban and refused to defend it in court. The new ...

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