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Task force to combat human trafficking

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Officials are creating a task force to help combat human trafficking in Hampton Roads. Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said the task force will be established with a $1.45 million federal grant. The task force will seek ...

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McAuliffe announces new website to fight opioid abuse

(AP) Virginia state government has a new website designed to help battle opioid and heroin addiction. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday the creation of VaAware.com , which he said was an informational tool for the public, health care practitioners and ...

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Attorneys make final pitch in Rolling Stone trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Making their final pitches to jurors, attorneys in the defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine sparred in court Tuesday over whether the writer of a botched article about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia was ...

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Fairfax lawyers vote on judge candidates (access required)

Ten lawyers are on the ballot as Fairfax bar members vote to recommend a choice for an anticipated circuit court vacancy. The vacancy is expected due to the planned December retirement of Judge David S. Schell. The candidates for the ...

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Civil rights pioneer accepts inaugural award in her honor (access required)

Retired civil rights lawyer Frankie Muse Freeman, who will turn 100 years old this month, has been awarded the first of an on-going award named in her honor from the Virginia State Bar. The annual Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro ...

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Judge dismisses part of Rolling Stone suit

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal judge has dismissed part of a University of Virginia administrator’s $7.5 million defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine. The Daily Progress reports that Judge Glen Conrad dismissed Nicole Eramo’s claim that the overall implication of the 2014 ...

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‘Norfolk Four’ to ask governor to declare them innocent

(AP) Two former sailors whose rape and murder convictions were tossed by a federal judge plan to ask Virginia’s governor to formally declare that they are innocent. U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. on Monday overturned the convictions of ...

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Morrissey vows to keep campaigning amid sex allegations

(AP) A Richmond mayoral candidate and ex-Virginia lawmaker who was jailed last year in a sex scandal involving a 17-year-old girl vowed Saturday to continue campaigning after being accused of making sexual advances and sending explicit text messages to a ...

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Publisher disagreed with rape story retraction

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Rolling Stone magazine publisher and co-founder Jann Wenner said in a video deposition that he disagreed with a top editor’s decision to retract an entire article about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity after the ...

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Supreme Court to rule in Gloucester transgender case

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court will take up transgender rights for the first time in the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys’ bathroom at his high school. The ...

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