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Council: UVA board meeting may have violated FOI law

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) State officials say the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors might have violated the Freedom of Information Act when it held a closed-door meeting to discuss a new investment fund. News outlets report that the state’s Freedom of ...

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Rolling Stone lawsuit appears headed to trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine over a now-debunked article about a rape at the University of Virginia likely will head to a jury trial later this year, a federal judge says. The Washington Post reported that U.S. ...

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Ex-utilities executive is sentenced to 34 months (access required)

A former utilities executive convicted of involvement in a bribes-and-kickbacks scandal has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison. Stacey Pomrenke, 44, of Abingdon was convicted in February of 14 felony counts. She was found guilty earlier this week ...

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Former UVa football player charged in investment fraud

A former football player for the University of Virginia and the Philadelphia Eagles has been charged with defrauding investors of $8 million in what prosecutors called a Ponzi-like scheme. The U.S. attorney’s office in Virginia’s Eastern District said in a ...

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Virginia identifies felons who had signed up to vote

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration has released the names of the roughly 13,000 felons recently stripped from the state’s voter rolls. The Virginia Department of Elections recently cancelled their registrations after the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that McAuliffe overstepped ...

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1 year after jail death, questions remain

(AP) Jamycheal Mitchell loved making people laugh and was known for his smile. Beneath his friendly persona, however, was a young man with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia who dropped out of high school and couldn’t hold a steady job. Despite ...

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Prosecutors get new indictments in 2014 quadruple slaying

PETERSBURG (AP) The upcoming trial of a Petersburg quadruple-murder suspect is expected to be delayed as a result of seven new indictments in the case. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that, on July 21, prosecutor Cassandra Conover obtained six capital murder ...

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Judge rejects petition to recall Portsmouth mayor

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A circuit court judge has rejected a petition to recall Portsmouth Mayor Kenny Wright. Local news outlets report that Judge James Hawks ruled on Tuesday that only 6,012 of the 8,530 signatures collected on the petition were valid. Many ...

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McAuliffe backs inspector general despite claims

(AP)  Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office says it has full faith in state Inspector General June Jennings despite allegations from her staff that she failed to investigate properly the death of a 24-year-old mentally ill inmate. McAuliffe’s office issued a statement ...

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