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Man sues smoothie chain over hepatitis A outbreak

WOODBRIDGE (AP) A Virginia man is suing a smoothie shop that he says sold him a beverage contaminated with hepatitis A. The lawsuit against Tropical Smoothie Cafe was filed Tuesday in Prince William County Circuit Court and is one of ...

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Retired judges can still perform marriages (access required)

Many retired Virginia judges play active roles in the state court system, sitting by designation to hear cases. But even a retired judge who has given up all courthouse duties can still perform marriages, the state attorney general says. The ...

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Legal aid office receives $100k grant

The Virginia Legal Aid Society has received a grant of $100,000 from the Obici Healthcare Foundation for VLAS’ Medical Access Project in the cities of Suffolk and Franklin and Isle of Wight and Southampton Counties, the VLAS reported. With the ...

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Wise named deputy commissioner

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has appointed D. Edward Wise Jr. as deputy commissioner at its Lebanon regional office, the commission said. Deputy Commissioner Wise will serve as an administrative law judge for evidentiary and on-the-record hearings under the Virginia ...

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Comp ADR program honored

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has received the inaugural “Innovation Award” by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions for an ADR project. The commission was recognized for “Innovation and Automation of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Virginia,” an ...

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4 sentenced to life for slaying of reserve police officer

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Four people convicted in the slaying of a reserve police officer in Virginia have been sentenced to life in prison. News media outlets report that Daniel Mathis was sentenced to life plus 132 years for the death of ...

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Federal court OKs Christian prayers at county board meetings

(AP) Elected officials may open public meetings by praying according to their chosen religion as long as they don’t pressure observers to join in, a divided federal appeals court ruled Monday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Family appeals decision on toddler brain death test

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(AP) The family of a 2-year-old Virginia girl is asking the state’s Supreme Court to block a hospital from performing a brain death test on the toddler who choked on a piece of popcorn. In a petition recently filed with ...

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Businessman pleads guilty to bribing Norfolk city treasurer

NORFOLK (AP) Authorities say a Norfolk businessman has pleaded guilty to bank fraud and charges related to bribing the city’s treasurer and other high-ranking officials. U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office said Friday that 67-year-old Ronald Boone gave cash, gifts and ...

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Family: $1 million settlement for police killing teen

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) The family of a black teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer last year said Friday that the city of Portsmouth has agreed to pay a $1 million settlement. Family spokesman Earl Lewis ...

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