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Farm owner faces animal cruelty charges

ORANGE (AP) Authorities say the owner of an animal rescue organization faces animal cruelty charges in connection with the neglect and mistreatment of dozens of animals. Orange County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dana Wheeler said Monday that Anne Goland of Peaceable Farms ...

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Former Bristol mayor pleads to fraud

ABINDGON (AP) A former Bristol mayor and utilities board member has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from a NASCAR ticket scheme. Paul Hurley pleaded guilty on Monday to mail fraud and lying to a federal grand jury. U.S. Attorney ...

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Lawyer disciplined again for sarcasm

Virginia Beach lawyer John G. “Jack” Crandley has been disciplined again by the Virginia State Bar for directing sarcasm at other attorneys. This time, the penalty could trigger a 90-day suspension under terms of a previous disciplinary order. Crandley’s Oct. ...

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Donation to help W&M law school

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) The College of William and Mary has received a $50 million donation that will help fund scholarships, teaching awards and facility improvements. The anonymous donation is the largest gift that the school has received in its 323-year history. ...

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Lumber Liquidators enters plea

NORFOLK (AP) Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty Thursday to environmental crimes related to importing flooring manufactured in China from timber illegally logged in eastern Russia, the habitat for the world’s last remaining Siberian tigers and Amur leopards. The Toano-based company entered ...

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Judges reject House gerrymander lawsuit

(AP)  A panel of federal judges has rejected a lawsuit alleging that the Virginia House of Delegates illegally packed black voters into a dozen legislative districts, a decision being hailed by state Republicans. The judges ruled 2-1 Thursday that the ...

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Court reinstates lawsuits against student loan company

(AP) A federal appeals court has reinstated a whistleblower’s claims that a Pennsylvania student loan company cheated the U.S. government. Former Education Department employee Jon Oberg claims the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency violated the False Claims Act by overstating ...

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Attorneys for transgender student ask for new judge

(AP) A judge who repeatedly referred to a transgender student’s “mental disorder” should be removed from presiding over the teenager’s lawsuit challenging a policy that bars him from using the boys’ restrooms at his high school, his attorneys said in ...

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Roanoke doctor settles defamation claim

A Roanoke anesthesiologist who sued a trauma surgeon for critical statements he made after the death of a patient has settled his defamation claim for an undisclosed amount. The $2.35-million suit filed by Dr. Bradley J. Cashion had been cleared ...

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