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Legislative office building to be demolished

(AP) A much-maligned office building next to the Virginia Capitol has only one legislative session left. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the General Assembly Building, which houses lawmakers’ offices and staff, will be demolished later this year. The building is ...

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Four judicial candidates to be interviewed (access required)

Virginia legislators will interview four candidates for four trial judge vacancies on the opening day of the General Assembly this week. The candidates apparently have the backing of their legislative delegations for the open bench seats. “We will sometimes put ...

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Five vie for Comp Commission seat (access required)

Five attorneys are being interviewed this week for a seat on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. The lawyers hope to succeed the late Roger L. Williams, an employer representative on the three-member Commission. Williams died Oct. 11. The candidates scheduled ...

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Advocacy group to archive committee hearings

(AP) Most of the committee hearings at the Virginia General Assembly will now be live-streamed and archived. A progressive advocacy group plans to record about three quarters of the committee hearings during this year’s legislative session, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. ...

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Title IX investigation opened at Liberty University

LYNCHBURG (AP) The U.S. Office for Civil Rights has opened a Title IX investigation at Liberty University that the school says is related to an off-campus sex assault allegation against an employee. Dorie Nolt, a spokeswoman for the Department of ...

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Driver charged in crash that injured deputy

BOWLING GREEN (AP) Police say a Virginia man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after a car crash that seriously injured a sheriff’s deputy. Police say Caroline County Sheriff’s Deputy H.S. McGhee was driving early Saturday when his car ...

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Woman sues ODU over rape response

(AP) A woman who says Old Dominion University police interrogated her for nearly eight hours before allowing her to get a medical exam to preserve evidence of her reported rape filed a federal lawsuit against the school Friday. The lawsuit, ...

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Marine recruits testify about drill instructor at hearing

QUANTICO (AP) Marine Corps recruits testified Thursday that they were called names, forced to do calisthenics in a dusty building and made to help a drill instructor with his homework during boot camp at Parris Island. The testimony came Thursday ...

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Lawsuit questions Taser use by officer (access required)

A federal lawsuit claims a Fairfax County police officer acted without provocation when he fired a stun gun at the back of a disabled man who had his hands on a police car. The Taser incident – caught on a ...

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Lawyer who misled client is suspended (access required)

A Northern Virginia lawyer who gave a client false information about his work on her case – and then blamed the lapses on a mysterious former office volunteer – has been suspended for 21 months. Christopher D. Parrott of Manassas ...

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