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Feds to drop charges against McDonnell

(AP) Federal prosecutors dropped their corruption case against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife on Thursday, more than two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction. Prosecutors indicated in court filings they do not want to pursue ...

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Woods Rogers acquires Lynchburg firm (access required)

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Another Roanoke law firm now has a foothold in the Lynchburg legal market. Woods Rogers PLC of Roanoke is combining with Edmunds & Williams PC, Lynchburg’s longest established firm, in a market dominated by the growing health care business Centra ...

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LeClair to settle HDL claim (access required)

The LeClairRyan law firm will pay more than $20 million to settle claims arising from its work for now-bankrupt Richmond lab services company Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc., according to a proposal filed in bankruptcy court. The firm also will abandon ...

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AG Herring seeks US probe of regional jail

(AP) Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is asking the Justice Department to investigate a regional jail after the deaths of two inmates. Herring said Friday in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch that he wants a “trusted, independent ...

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AP Interview: Teen at center of transgender bathroom fight

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(AP) College applications and high school graduation are the biggest worries for most 17-year-olds. For Gavin Grimm, it’s waiting for the nation’s highest court to decide whether he can use the boys restroom. Grimm, who was born female but identifies ...

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General Motors settles 2 bellwether ignition switch cases

DETROIT (AP) General Motors Co. has settled two federal court cases related to its defective ignition switches, but its legal troubles stemming from the switches are far from over. GM settled the cases for an undisclosed amount, plaintiffs’ attorney Bob ...

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Norment proposes limit on voting rights restoration

(AP) Virginia’s Senate Majority Leader says he will introduce a constitutional amendment to automatically restore voting rights for some felons, and set new barriers for others. Republican Thomas K. Norment’s announcement Thursday is the latest salvo fired in the battle ...

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Police losing battle to get drivers to put down their phones

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) State police in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have been known to patrol in a tractor-trailer so they can sit up high and spot drivers texting behind the wheel. In Bethesda, Maryland, a police officer disguised himself as a ...

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Judge rejects Rolling Stone’s bid to kill frat’s lawsuit

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A Virginia judge has denied Rolling Stone magazine’s attempt to throw out a $25 million lawsuit filed by the fraternity that was the focus on its now debunked article about a gang rape. The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at ...

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Hacker who targeted Bush family gets 4 years in prison

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Romanian hacker who targeted the Bush family, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and others was sentenced to more than four years in prison Thursday, but will be sent to Romania to serve time on a prison ...

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