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Decision expected in Virginia Beach investigation

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A special prosecutor says he will decide by the end of next week whether to bring misdemeanor charges against Virginia Beach’s mayor. Michael Doucette, the commonwealth’s attorney in Lynchburg, was appointed last year to review votes cast ...

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Plaintiffs appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in redistricting case

(AP) A group of Virginians who unsuccessfully challenged the state’s legislative boundaries in federal court is appealing a recent ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The group, which is backed by lawyers who frequently work for the Democratic Party, filed ...

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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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