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Lawsuit says couple sold recalled diet pills on eBay

(AP) A pharmaceutical company has filed a federal lawsuit against a former company executive, claiming he and his wife improperly took 1,766 recalled bottles of the supplement Anatabloc from a storage facility and sold them on eBay for personal gain. ...

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Charlottesville woman among first to sue Volkswagen

The first wave of lawsuits targeting Volkswagen’s discredited clean diesel claims have landed in Alexandria federal court. As of Friday, four class action complaints had been filed, according to online court records. A fifth, with a Charlottesville auto buyer as ...

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Kuhnel is new Roanoke county attorney

The Roanoke County board of supervisors has named Ruth Ellen Kuhnel as county attorney, to succeed the retiring Paul M. Mahoney. Kuhnel has served as assistant county attorney and senior assistant county attorney for eight years. For five years, she ...

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Bankruptcy judges to lunch with lawyers

Western District bankruptcy judges plan to discuss practice issues with lawyers in a pair of brown bag lunch sessions in Lynchburg and Roanoke. Judge Rebecca Connelly and Judge Paul Black will take part in lunch meetings on Oct. 15 in ...

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Keep international meetings, bar study group urges

Despite bitter criticism of the cancellation of a planned Israel trip this year, a Virginia State Bar study group recommends continuing the VSB’s annual overseas excursions. The seven-member study group unanimously agreed the bar’s Midyear Legal Seminar is “within the ...

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Federal court picks expert to aid in redistricting

(AP) A federal court has appointed an expert to assist it in redrawing Virginia’s congressional boundaries. Judge Albert Diaz of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a court filing Wednesday that a judicial panel has selected Dr. ...

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More courts closing for Friday’s bike races

Richmond courts will close Friday because of multiple downtown street closings for bicycle races. Richmond Circuit Court and district level courts announced Wednesday they will be closed Friday. The closings apply to all courts in both the John Marshall Courts ...

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Panel: Virginia alcohol agency should retain arrest powers

(AP) A panel formed after the violent arrest of a student by Virginia’s liquor agency has declined to recommend stripping the agency of its arrest powers. Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed the panel after a March arrest by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage ...

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Motel murder suspect kills self in police pursuit

BOWLING GREEN (AP) A Spotsylvania County man killed himself on Interstate 95 Tuesday after he fatally shot another man at a motel in Caroline County, police said. The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office said Todd T. Houck, 36, is suspected of ...

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Fletcher becomes president of national journalism group

ORLANDO, Fla. — Paul Fletcher was installed as national president of the Society of Professional Journalists at the group’s Excellence in Journalism 2015 conference Sept. 20. The EIJ program was co-hosted by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the ...

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