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Ex-treasurer to state senator pleads guilty to embezzling

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A former campaign treasurer for Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw has pleaded guilty to her role in three fraud schemes, including embezzling more than $650,000 in campaign funds. Fifty-one-year-old Linda Diane Wallis of Fairfax entered the pleas ...

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Ex-girlfriend testifies against man accused of 3 killings

FAIRFAX (AP) An ex-girlfriend of the man accused of killing three Alexandria residents over the course of a decade testified Tuesday that he harbored a grudge against the court system after losing custody of his child. Charles Severance is on ...

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Virginia school division settles claim stemming from assault

HAMPTON (AP) School officials in Hampton have settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a special needs student who says she was assaulted at Kecoughtan High School in 2013. In March 2014, the student’s parents sued the public schools ...

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Herring: VSB can fund Diversity Conference

The Virginia State Bar faces no legal obstacle to funding its Diversity Conference with bar dues money, according to Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring. An Oct. 2 official opinion from the attorney general concluded the goals and activities of ...

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Former utility CEO sentenced on fraud conspiracy charges

ABINGDON (AP) The former CEO of the Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority has been sentenced to more than two years in prison on fraud conspiracy charges. Multiple media outlets report that 45-year-old Wes Rosenbalm received a 33-month sentence on Thursday in ...

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Prosecutor: Killer sought revenge on Alexandria elite

FAIRFAX (AP) A Virginia man accused of killing three Alexandria residents over the span of a decade wanted revenge against what he perceived as the city’s elite after losing a child custody case, prosecutors said Thursday. Opening statements and testimony ...

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Obama nominates 2 for US attorney jobs in Virginia

(AP) President Barack Obama has nominated new U.S. attorneys for Virginia’s eastern and western districts. Eastern District nominee Dana J. Boente has served as acting U.S. attorney since 2013. He has been with the office since 2000 and also was ...

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Whistleblower cases produce $9.25M settlement

(AP) A Kentucky pharmacy has agreed to pay $9.25 million to settle allegations that it solicited and received kickbacks from a manufacturer in exchange for promoting a drug with nursing home patients, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. The settlement with Louisville-based ...

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Maureen McDonnell asks appeals court to suspend case

(AP) Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell is asking an appeals court to suspend her case while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to review her husband’s public corruption convictions. Maureen McDonnell’s attorneys filed a motion Wednesday with the 4th ...

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