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Lawmakers still grappling with ethics law

(AP) The General Assembly is set to adjust the state’s ethics laws for the fourth straight year, as Virginia lawmakers continue struggling over what kind of gifts they can take from lobbyists and special interests. This year’s efforts include clarifying ...

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Threshold for felony theft remains at $200

(AP) Virginia House Republicans have rejected an effort by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to raise the felony theft threshold from $200 to $500. A GOP-controlled House panel killed the legislation Wednesday, which the Democratic governor had made one of his top ...

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Identity theft measure is approved

(AP) A bill that seeks to protect Virginians from losing their income tax refunds to identity thieves won final approval Wednesday in the General Assembly. The bill’s sponsor, Del. Mark Keam, D-Vienna, said thieves can steal information from the payroll ...

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Workers’ comp lawyers organize (access required)

Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers are organized like never before. The fledgling Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court, founded just three years ago with a handful of lawyers, has burgeoned in size and is giving birth to a new study ...

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Northern Virginia lawyer convicted of fraud (access required)

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A Kentucky federal jury last week convicted a Vienna attorney of fraud in connection with a promised green technology project in a job-hungry community. Daniel R. Goodwin allegedly controlled an escrow account where money belonging to a participating contractor disappeared. ...

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State revenues surge, but too late to aid budget

RICHMOND (AP) Virginia tax revenues surged last month, but Gov. Terry McAuliffe cautioned against assuming that the state’s recent revenue swoon is over. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports McAuliffe announced Monday that revenues rose 7.4 percent in January over the previous ...

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Virginia judge grants injunction against Trump travel ban

McLEAN (AP) A federal judge Monday granted a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing its travel ban in Virginia, adding another judicial ruling to those already in place challenging the ban’s constitutionality.The ruling is significant from a legal ...

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Bond holder seeks possession of Buena Vista city hall (access required)

Court facilities located in the Buena Vista government complex might have to be moved if a bank has its way in a new federal lawsuit that seeks authority to foreclose on that building and other city property. The bank and ...

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Northern Virginia lawyer convicted of fraud (access required)

A Kentucky federal jury last week convicted a Vienna attorney of fraud in connection with a promised green technology project in a job-hungry community Daniel R. Goodwin allegedly controlled an escrow account where money belonging to a participating contractor disappeared. ...

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Med mal contrib decision will stand (access required)

A judge’s decision to allow a contributory negligence defense in a medical malpractice case has been upheld by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court this month decided not to take up an appeal in the case of an emergency ...

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