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School asks high court to hear transgender bathroom case

(AP) A Virginia school board urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to weigh in on whether a transgender male must be allowed to use the boys bathroom at his high school, framing it as an issue of national importance. ...

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Lawyer sentenced to life in attack on McLean couple

FAIRFAX (AP) A man who tortured a McLean lawyer and his wife inside their home after his wife was fired from the lawyer’s law firm has been sentenced to life in prison. Thirty-three-year-old Andrew Schmuhl was sentenced Friday to two ...

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Feds ask for more time in McDonnell case

(AP) Prosecutors and former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s attorneys want more time to figure out the next steps after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his corruption conviction. The high court ruled in June that McDonnell’s actions were distasteful but didn’t necessarily ...

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VLF gala, golf tournament to raise funds for legal aid (access required)

The Virginia Law Foundation, the Le­gal Aid Justice Center, and the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society will hold a fundraising gala and charity golf tourna­ment, in support of meaningful access to justice for all Virginians. Virginia’s legal aid programs have ...

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McAuliffe on $1.5B shortfall: ‘Tough decisions ahead’

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe warned Virginia lawmakers Friday to brace for “tough decisions ahead” to address a roughly $1.5 billion budget shortfall driven largely by lower-than-expected income and sales tax collections. The state will help fill the gap with about ...

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Ex-Wailers members sue over use of band’s name

(AP) Former members of Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, which played alongside Bob Marley, are going to court to try to stop the group they left from performing under the same name. Aston “Family Man” Barrett and other ex-Wailers members ...

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German diplomat’s son petitioning for pardon

DILLWYN (AP) A German diplomat’s son convicted of murder is petitioning Gov. Terry McAuliffe for an “absolute pardon” and parole based largely on blood analysis. Jens Soering is serving two life terms for the 1985 slayings of his ex-girlfriend’s parents. ...

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Kombucha maker seeks public’s help to rename drink

(AP) A Virginia kombucha maker that has to rename its drink because of a trademark infringement lawsuit is asking for the public’s help. Afton-based company Conscious Cultures was sued by E. & J. Gallo Winery over the name of its ...

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Gay man fired from Catholic home files federal lawsuit

(AP) A Virginia man has filed a federal lawsuit against a Catholic diocese-owned assisted living home that he says fired him because he’s gay. John Murphy served as executive director of the Saint Francis Home for about a week before ...

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Complaint: Black students punished more harshly than whites

(AP) Black students and students with disabilities attending public schools in Virginia’s capital city are more severely and more frequently punished than their classmates, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. ...

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