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Governor: Pay $1.1M to wrongly convicted man

(AP) A man who spent 29 years in prison for a crime that authorities say he didn’t commit could get $1.1 million from the state of Virginia, under a proposal state lawmakers will consider next session. The $109 billion, two-year ...

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Hirschler Fleischer expands to Northern Virginia

The Richmond-based Hirschler Fleischer law firm will get an office in Northern Virginia with its acquisition of the Tysons firm of Leach Travell PC. The combination, to be effective Jan. 1, was announced Thursday. Hirschler will add seven partners in ...

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Cox loses jury trial in music piracy case

NEW YORK (AP) A Virginia jury has issued a $25 million verdict against Cox Communications in an online piracy case that could mean more trouble for downloaders of illegal content. Music company BMG had sued Cox in 2014, saying the cable ...

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Guardrails pass most Virginia crash tests

(AP) A highway guardrail system that critics call dangerous has passed most of the safety tests financed by the state of Virginia, according to reports obtained by the Associated Press on Wednesday, but state officials still have concerns about the ...

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Court panel recommends new judgeships

A court committee is recommending authorization of two new judgeships in Virginia next year. The proposal from the Committee on District Courts would create new positions on the juvenile and domestic relations bench in Fairfax County and the general district ...

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New U.S. attorneys get final approval

The full U.S. Senate has confirmed the nominations of both Dana J. Boente and John P. Fishwick Jr. as U.S. attorneys in Virginia. Boente becomes the top government lawyer for the Eastern District of Virginia and Fishwick takes charge of ...

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Police: Detective kills self while facing child sex charges

GAINESVILLE (AP) A police detective who once made national news when he took out a search warrant to photograph the genitals of a teen sexting suspect killed himself Tuesday as his fellow law officers were attempting to arrest him on ...

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Family settles death case for $1.4 million

(AP) The family of a man killed in an unlikely auto mishap has settled a wrongful death claim against the driver for $1.4 million. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the insurance company for 80-year-old David Limbrick, the driver, has agreed to ...

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Using drone for crime would be separate offense

The General Assembly will consider making it a separate offense to use a drone to commit a crime. House Bill 89 would make the pilot of an unmanned aircraft system guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if he used the ...

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Lawyers don Santa hats to help poor

ROANOKE — Roanoke area lawyers turned the season into an opportunity for community service this month with the 10th annual Santa at the Station event. The program enlists attorneys and legal staffers to provide a fun and fulfilling evening for ...

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