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Assembly returns for redistricting, judicial selection

(AP) State lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday for what’s expected to be a contentious fight over congressional redistricting and a Virginia Supreme Court appointment. The fate of the governor’s high court selection is all but certain, but the final ...

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Extra prison time for charter flight plan

Richmond developer Billy Gene Jefferson Jr. agreed to pay nearly $13 million in restitution when he pled guilty to fraud. In fact, he had other plans for what remained of his money while he was free pending sentencing. His failure ...

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Appeals court orders life sentences for 5 Somali pirates

(AP) Five Somali pirates must spend life in prison for waging a mistaken and dramatically unsuccessful attack on a U.S. Navy ship, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ...

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Jurors in Alexandria trial can hear mental illness testimony

FAIRFAX (AP)  Lawyers for a man charged with killing three Alexandria residents over a 10-year span said Thursday their client is innocent and that his mental illness and paranoia made him the target of unfounded suspicions. At a pretrial hearing, ...

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McDonnell says he will appeal to US Supreme Court

(AP) Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will appeal his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court now that a federal appeals court has rejected his bid for a rehearing, he said Tuesday. But his attorney, Henry W. Asbill, declined ...

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Appeals court won’t reconsider ex-Virginia governor’s case

(AP)  A federal appeals court on Tuesday declined to review the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, letting his convictions on public corruption charges stand. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had unanimously upheld ...

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ABC agents cleared in arrest of student claiming racism

(AP) Three Virginia liquor agents involved in a bloody arrest that prompted allegations of racism followed procedures and did nothing wrong, the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Department said Monday. University of Virginia student Martese Johnson’s arrest caused a furor after ...

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No ‘manager rule’ protection for employer in Title VII

Roanoke’s Carilion Clinic must face a Title VII retaliation claim from a former EAP counselor who alleged he was fired in retaliation for not taking “the pro-employer side” with an employee who complained about sexual harassment. The 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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