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Liberty U loses insurance coverage for kidnapping lawsuit

Liberty University may have won dismissal from a lawsuit accusing the school of participating in an abduction scheme, but the school likely will have to cover its own legal costs. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this month ruled ...

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4th Circuit: Joint employers can face discrimination suit

(AP) A federal appeals court says an employer can’t evade anti-discrimination laws by hiring workers from a temporary employment agency. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday reinstated a South Carolina woman’s sexual harassment ...

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Murder charges for sex offender in case of missing sisters (access required)

WHEATON, Md. (AP) The indictment of a suspect in the 40-year-old slaying of two sisters who were abducted from a suburban Maryland mall leaves prosecutors with a challenging task: proving that a man killed them when he says he didn’t ...

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Drone to deliver medical supplies to southwest Va. clinic (access required)

(AP) When a drone flies to a remote clinic in southwest Virginia on Friday, it will be delivering more than medical supplies. It will also be bringing hope to an impoverished coal mining region and a glimpse into the future ...

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300 students to enroll after tumult at Sweet Briar College

SWEET BRIAR (AP) Sweet Briar College says nearly 300 women are scheduled to enroll in the upcoming academic year. Sweet Briar President Phillip Stone calls the commitments from returning and new students a “starting point” to get the 114-year-old women’s ...

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Governor calls Assembly for redistricting session

(AP) Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has set a tentative date for a court-ordered special legislative session to redraw Virginia’s congressional boundaries. McAuliffe’s office said Tuesday the governor has informed leaders of the GOP-controlled General Assembly that he intends to call ...

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Judge vacates conviction of man accused of abduction

A former Charlottesville supermarket manager jailed after being accused and then convicted of abduction is free after both a prosecutor and a judge agreed there were substantial questions about the fairness of his trial. The prosecutor said an unwitting violation ...

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No more steak: Wining and dining of pols down in Va.

(AP) Prior to the corruption scandal involving former Gov. Bob McDonnell, lobbyists spent nearly $20,000 at Morton’s Steakhouse during the 2013 legislative session. Two years later, that number fell to $3,200. A similar phenomenon occurred at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, where ...

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Fredericksburg man gets 65-month investment fraud sentence (access required)

(AP) A Fredericksburg man was sentenced Monday to more than five years in prison for misappropriating millions of dollars from people who thought they were investing in an office park. Instead of putting money into the project and giving investors ...

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Woman gets jury win in FMLA case

A woman who claimed she was fired by email after asking for time off under the Family Medical Leave Act won two favorable verdicts from a Roanoke federal jury last week. The jury win closely followed a judge’s ruling that ...

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