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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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Prosecutors can’t revive Morrissey charges

Prosecutors are barred from reinstating felony charges against former Virginia State Delegate Joseph Morrissey. On Sept. 22, the Virginia Court of Appeals dismissed the commonwealth’s appeal of dismissal of those charges. In its appeal, the commonwealth sought to revive charges ...

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UVa reaches agreement to end sex-assault investigation

(AP) The University of Virginia and the Department of Education have reached an agreement over its handling of sexual assault complaints, ending a yearslong federal investigation into the school’s procedures and policies, university and federal officials said Monday. UVa has ...

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Former peanut exec gets 28 years in prison for outbreak

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) Before federal marshals led him from the courtroom en route to prison, possibly for the rest of his life, Stewart Parnell apologized years after his company’s peanut butter spawned a deadly outbreak of salmonella poisoning. The former ...

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Chief justice recalls drug court roots

WINTERGREEN — Trial court judges share a common problem. They affect the lives of thousands of people but they have no way to recall the individual names and faces as they come and go through their courtrooms. And not all ...

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Top drug cop is bar speaker

Chuck Rosenberg, the Acting Administrator of the DEA, is the speaker for an annual lecture sponsored by the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Rosenberg is former chief of staff and senior counselor to the FBI and former ...

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Lawyer convicted on drug charges gets 2-year suspension

A Wise lawyer who admitted to prescription fraud and served 20 months in federal prison now has a date when he might return to law practice. In an agreement with the Virginia State Bar, R. Stuart Collins accepted a two-year ...

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Judge allows defense to point finger at former sheriff

FAIRFAX (AP) Defense lawyers for a man accused of killing three Alexandria residents over a 10-year span will be allowed to present evidence that they believe implicates a former sheriff in one of the deaths. At a pretrial hearing Thursday, ...

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