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Jury: Jogger owes $300K for making U-turn in front of cyclist

ROANOKE (AP) A jogger who abruptly turned around in front of a cyclist on the Roanoke River Greenway has been ordered to pay $300,000. The Roanoke Times reports a Roanoke City Circuit Court jury last month determined that 62-year-old jogger William ...

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Va. GOP leaders favor Alston over Roush for Supreme Court

Newly named Virginia Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush could be unseated within months at the hands of Republican legislators dismayed they weren’t consulted by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on on his interim appointment. The House and Senate Republican caucuses will ...

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AG opinion paves way for governor to revoke McDonnell’s pension

(AP) Former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s pension benefits can be taken away based on a law he signed while governor, according to a legal opinion issued Friday by Attorney General Mark Herring. A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, ...

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Judge: Virginia can ban future Confederate license plates

DANVILLE (AP) Virginia can ban the Confederate flag from specialty license plates the state issues in the future, a federal judge said Friday, but no decision has been announced on whether existing tags can be revoked.U.S. District Jackson L. Kiser ...

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Lawyer suspended 7 months for prescription fraud conviction (access required)

A lawyer who lied in order to get medication prescribed by two different doctors had his law license suspended for a total of seven months. The case demonstrates that Virginia lawyers face automatic bar suspension even for some misdemeanor convictions. ...

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Attorney: Police shot man in head; family to file lawsuit

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) The attorney for the family of a 23-year-old man killed by police in Newport News said Thursday that the medical examiner’s report indicates he was shot in the back of the head. Kawanza Jamal Beaty was fatally ...

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Bellows to replace Roush as judge in Alexandria murder trial

FAIRFAX (AP) Fairfax County Judge Randy I. Bellows has been appointed to hear the trial of alleged Alexandria serial killer Charles Severance. The Washington Post reports that Virginia Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons appointed Bellows Wednesday to replace Judge Jane ...

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Gun buyer’s emotional distress claim dismissed

An alien legal resident cannot sue a Bass Pro shop for emotional distress because it allegedly refused to sell him an AR-15 assault rifle because he was not an American citizen. Plaintiff Ahmed Eldib ordered the rifle from an out-of-state ...

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Unusual terror case going to trial in Va. federal court

(AP) Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least one key respect. Irek Hamidullin was a combatant captured on the battlefield — ...

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3 UVa graduates sue Rolling Stone over retracted rape story

(AP) Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity who were portrayed in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article’s author, court ...

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