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Republicans signal plans to reject Roush

(AP) Virginia Republicans are signaling their intent to remove Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s pick for the state’s highest court, potentially setting up another rancorous fight between the governor and the GOP-led General Assembly. House Republicans have not invited Virginia Supreme ...

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US prosecutors urge justices to deny McDonnell appeal

(AP) Federal prosecutors filed papers Tuesday opposing former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s bid to have the U.S. Supreme Court review his public corruption convictions. In its response to McDonnell’s petition, Justice Department lawyers disputed the former Republican governor’s claim that ...

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$350k verdict for attack on Muslim cabbie

A federal jury has awarded $350,000 to a Muslim cab driver who said he was reviled for his religion and then physically attacked by a drunken Fairfax County businessman during a 2013 cab ride. The cabbie’s lawyer says the verdict ...

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Virginia AG, bar announce legal help for veterans

NORFOLK (AP) Low-income veterans who need a hand with estate planning services soon can find help. Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced on Monday that a series of Veterans Legal Services Clinics will be held in March. Volunteer attorneys from ...

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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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