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Former Va. Tech students indicted in teen’s slaying

(AP) Two former Virginia Tech students were indicted Tuesday in the slaying of a seventh-grade girl who was found dead last January days after authorities say she sneaked out of her window to rendezvous with the older teens, a county ...

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Bar seeks comments on Lee reinstatement bid

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board is asking for public comment on a disbarred lawyer’s fitness to return to practice. Catherine A. Lee of Hanover County is asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to restore her law license. It was ...

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McAuliffe moves to restore rights individually

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration says it will move quickly to ensure thousands of felons hoping to cast ballots in November’s election will be able to vote. McAuliffe Spokesman Brian Coy said Monday that the administration expects by the end ...

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Man claims DNA proves innocence in 1977 rape

(AP) A Chesapeake man says he plans to ask the Supreme Court of Virginia to clear his name after DNA evidence proved he did not rape a 12-year-old girl in the 1970s. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Roy Watford III ...

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State asks U.S. high court to reject death row appeal

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general’s office is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the appeal of a death row inmate. Lawyers for Ricky Gray have asked the court to hear his appeal of this death sentence. Gray was sentenced to death ...

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Supreme Court nixes order restoring felons’ voting rights

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s sweeping executive order restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons is unconstitutional, the state’s highest court ruled Friday, siding with Republican lawmakers who said the governor overstepped his authority. In a 4-3 decision, the ...

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Va. courts headquarters loses internet access

A wayward truck caused the Supreme Court of Virginia and associated offices in Richmond to lose internet service for a time Friday. The courts’ website was down at midday, but was restored shortly afterwards. The situation may have affected some ...

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Appeals court delay requested in McDonnell case

(AP) Prosecutors have asked a federal appeals court to delay action for 30 days on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption case to allow both sides time to analyze it. The U.S. attorney’s office said ...

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Charges dismissed in tainted pill prosecution (access required)

The end of a drug conspiracy charge against Les Burns is now official. On the motion of prosecutors, a federal judge has dismissed the case against the Bedford County man who had been convicted of taking part in illicit distribution ...

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