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Judge orders mental exam for Matthew

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A mental health expert will evaluate a man charged with killing two college students in Virginia, according to a court order approved Monday. William Stejskal will be paid $350 per hour to examine Jesse Matthew Jr. before his ...

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VSB to join AG to help veterans

NORFOLK (AP) Veterans who need a hand with legal services could soon find it. Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring has scheduled two news conferences Monday to announce an initiative to provide low-income veterans with pro bono, or free of charge, ...

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Crime commission rejects asset forfeiture reform measure

(AP) The Virginia State Crime Commission has refused to endorse legislation prohibiting authorities from seizing ill-gotten assets until a defendant has been convicted and appeals have been completed. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the panel voted 9-3 against supporting the ...

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Ex-coal CEO Blankenship convicted of misdemeanor conspiracy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was convicted Thursday of a misdemeanor count connected to a deadly coal mine explosion and acquitted of more serious charges. A federal jury in West Virginia convicted Blankenship of conspiring to ...

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Lawyer failed to disclose client’s inheritance

A Richmond lawyer has been suspended for three years, in part for mishandling a $50,000 inheritance received by a bankruptcy client. The lawyer allegedly claimed the bulk of the money for herself as payment for past legal fees. Attorney Nnika ...

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US judge dismisses lawsuit challenging uranium mining ban

DANVILLE (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s 33-year ban on uranium mining. The lawsuit was filed by Virginia Uranium Inc. which wants to tap one of the world’s richest deposits of the radioactive ore. U.S. District ...

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‘Lightning’ blog named to ABA Blawg Hall of Fame

When it comes to click bait, Sharon Nelson’s instincts are sound. Within hours of her inaugural posting to her Ride the Lightning blog in 2007, she was “besieged with people begging for the  Sex with Aliens story.” Millions of clicks ...

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McGuireWoods forms alliance with Chinese law firm

McGuireWoods is expanding its global influence through a strategic alliance with FuJae Partners, a newly formed law firm registered in the People’s Republic of China, McGuireWoods chair Richard Cullen announced this week. McGuireWoods has entered into a pact with the ...

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Eagle lovers oppose resort plan

WARSAW (AP) Twice a year, bald eagles from as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida flock by the thousands to a stretch of the Rappahannock River in Virginia for an all-you-can-eat buffet. They perch in trees ...

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Canadian man pleads guilty in $2.3M tax refund scheme

(AP) A Canadian man has pleaded guilty in Virginia to conspiring to obtain $2.3 million in tax refunds to finance an appeal by another man serving 100 years in prison for fraud. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that 39-year-old David Chityal, ...

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