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Fourth Circuit denies appeal of man who killed Richmond family

(AP) A man who was sentenced to death in the New Year’s Eve 2006 slaying of a Richmond couple and their two young daughters lost his appeal before a federal appeals court Wednesday. Ricky Jovan Gray claimed that his trial ...

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Family sues PETA for $9.7M, says workers euthanized pet

NORFOLK (AP) A family is suing PETA for $9.7 million after they say workers from the organization euthanized their Chihuahua. The Virginian-Pilot reports Wilber Zarate and his daughter each sued the group Tuesday in Norfolk Circuit Court for $2 million. ...

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Law firm had high head-count for fees

A copyright case against a design firm was over-lawyered, at least in terms of the fees requested, an Alexandria federal judge suggested earlier this month. The court recognized that the case likely had been brought in order to win a ...

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SCC orders Dominion to refund $19.7M to Virginia customers

(AP) State regulators have ordered Dominion Virginia Power to refund $19.7 million to customers. The State Corporation Commission ruled Monday that Dominion customers paid too much in 2013 and 2014. The commission reached that conclusion during its regular biennial review ...

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AG’s office produces drug abuse documentary

(AP) The Virginia Attorney General’s Office has produced a documentary about the dangers of heroin and prescription drug abuse. The film is titled “Heroin: The Hardest Hit.” The attorney general’s office says it shows Virginians telling their own stories of addiction, ...

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Roanoke Valley lawyers split on judge choice

Bar associations in the Roanoke Valley are of two minds about who should replace retired Circuit Judge Clifford R. Weckstein. The Roanoke Bar Association endorsed General District Judge J. Christopher Clemens for the position Nov. 10. The Salem/Roanoke County Bar ...

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Settlement reached for Virginia man freed from prison

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The city of Newport News and several former police employees have settled a lawsuit brought by a man who spent nearly 23 years in jail before his conviction was tossed by a federal judge. The ...

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Goluboff named UVa law dean

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A legal historian specializing in civil rights has been selected as the 12th dean and the first woman to lead the law school at the University of Virginia. Risa L. Goluboff’s appointment, which is effective July 1, was ...

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Virginia commission won’t recommend return of parole

(AP) A commission appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe has decided not to recommend re-establishing parole to Virginia’s criminal justice system any time soon. The group decided Wednesday that although the sweeping reforms that largely abolished parole in Virginia 20 years ...

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Former HR director must pay legal costs

A former human resources director who allegedly sabotaged a tech company’s computer system has failed to overturn a court order requiring her to pay her former employer over $300,000 in attorney’s fees. On Nov. 18, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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