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McAuliffe denies bid to send Soering to Germany

(AP) Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has rejected an effort to allow a German diplomat’s son and convicted murderer to return to his home country. McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said Tuesday that the Democrat has denied the transfer petition submitted by ...

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Governor pardons Roanoke murder defendant

ROANOKE (AP) The governor of Virginia has granted an absolute pardon to a Roanoke man incarcerated for 21 years on convictions of arson and murder. The Roanoke Times reports Gov. Terry McAuliffe pardoned Davey Reedy on Monday, nearly three decades ...

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Virginia revokes handgun permit agreement with 25 states

(AP) Concealed handgun permits held by residents of 25 states will no longer be valid in Virginia, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday, drawing swift criticism from GOP lawmakers. Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, said the state will revoke ...

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Teacher’s assault conviction reversed

The Virginia Court of Appeals has reversed a criminal conviction for a special education teacher who pulled an 11-year-old special needs student by the wrists back to a school bus to retrieve a coat or blanket. The panel reversed the ...

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Governor grants clemency to murder defendant

MITCHELLS (AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe has granted clemency to a man convicted in connection with two murders. The Daily Progress reports Robert Paul Davis was released Monday night from Coffeewood Correctional Center, where he was serving a 23-year sentence. Davis ...

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New US attorney for Western Virginia sworn in to office

ROANOKE (AP) John P. Fishwick Jr. has been sworn in as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. The swearing-in ceremony was held on Monday at the federal courthouse in Roanoke. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Glen Conrad administered ...

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Judge rules voter ID challenge can proceed

(AP) A federal judge is allowing an effort aimed at striking down Virginia’s voter ID law to continue. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled Friday that part of a suit filed by Virginia Democrats challenging the state’s voter ID ...

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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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