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Court session shortened as Roush term nears end

The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear cases on just three days in its September session rather than four. The change was announced Friday without explanation, but the shortened session appears designed to avoid uncertainty about the status of new ...

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Howell leads ABA’s tax section

George C. Howell III, a partner in the Richmond and New York offices of Hunton & Williams, has begun a one-year term as chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. With a membership of 19,000 lawyers, the Section ...

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Talkin’ ‘bout a constitution

Citizens have a chance to learn a little more about the foundation of our nation in coming months with a series of education sessions on the U.S. Constitution in Hampton Roads. “Constitutional Conversations” is a non-partisan, community-based education project designed ...

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Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV

MONETA (AP) He planned it all so carefully — a choreographed execution of two former colleagues, broadcast live to a horrified television audience, and also recorded by him and then shared worldwide across social media. Vester Lee Flanagan’s own video ...

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Bar exam barrier drops for N.C., W.V.

Virginia bar authorities have extended the list of states where lawyers can apply for admission to practice in this state without sitting for the bar exam. Both North Carolina and West Virginia attorneys now can be admitted on motion in ...

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McDonnell stays free pending prosecutors’ response

(AP) The U.S. Supreme Court will receive written arguments from federal prosecutors before deciding whether former Gov. Bob McDonnell must go to prison while he appeals his corruption convictions, Chief Justice John Roberts said in an order Monday. The brief ...

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Lawsuit challenges Va. visitors guide rules and fees

NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia Beach visitors guide publisher is challenging the rules and fees for distributing information at Virginia welcome centers and rest areas. VistaGraphics Inc. president and owner Randy Thompson said in a lawsuit that the rules and fees ...

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Staunton courts expected to reopen after asbestos cleanup

STAUNTON (AP) Staunton’s city courthouse is expected to reopen following the cleanup of asbestos. City spokeswoman Ruth Jones told The News Leader that the Cochran Judicial Center was closed last week as a precaution after a contractor inadvertently removed third ...

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Saved for now, Sweet Briar College looks for a long-term fix

SWEET BRIAR (AP) Weeks into his presidency at Sweet Briar College, Phillip C. Stone still marvels at the energy of passionate alumnae who helped save the school just a few months ago from the fate of dozens of other women’s ...

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Virginia Beach DUI cases dropped after officer’s resignation

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Prosecutors have dropped about 20 drunken driving cases, and could be set to shelve dozens more, after the sudden resignation of a Virginia Beach officer involved with the cases. Commonwealth’s attorney spokeswoman Macie Pridgen told local media ...

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