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Three overdose deaths reported in Winchester area

WINCHESTER (AP) Virginia police say three overdose deaths were reported in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Police say two overdose deaths on Friday occurred in Frederick County and the third in Clarke County. The deaths raise the tally of fatal overdoses ...

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Va. judge blocks order to detain green card holders

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge in Virginia issued a temporary restraining order that for one week will block green card holders arriving at Dulles International Airport from being removed from the country. The order, issued Saturday by U.S. District Judge ...

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House panel OKs bills targeting opioid crisis

(AP) A House committee has approved seven bills aimed at fighting the opioid crisis in Virginia. The legislation would limit the prescription of medications containing opioids, establish guidelines for the use of opioids to treat pain and make opioid overdose ...

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Senate votes to increase felony threshold

(AP) The Virginia Senate has advanced a bill that would increase the threshold of what is considered a felony larceny. The bill the chamber passed Thursday would increase the amount from $200 to $500. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe proposed the ...

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‘Fatal Vision’ surgeon pursues appeal, insists he’s innocent

(AP) For nearly 50 years, Jeffrey MacDonald has consistently denied that he brutally killed his pregnant wife and two young daughters in their apartment on the Fort Bragg Army base in North Carolina. Now 73 and still behind bars, the ...

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Augusta lawyers honored (access required)

Blue Ridge Legal Services honored three Augusta County attorneys for their pro bono work. Thomas G. Bell Jr. of Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses; N. Douglas Noland Jr. of Black, Noland & Read, and G. William Watkins of Allen & ...

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Move to decriminalize adultery fails (access required)

A proposal to decriminalize adultery in Virginia – even with paradoxical support from The Family Foundation – failed to make it out of a General Assembly committee Wednesday. The Senate Courts Committee voted 10-4 to pass by indefinitely the measure ...

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House OKs sale of 151-proof liquor

(AP) Virginians would be able to buy liquor with almost 50 percent more alcohol than is currently available under a bill passed Wednesday by the House of Delegates. The legislation would raise the limit on the alcohol content of neutral ...

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State Police gets new head of investigative branch

(AP) The Virginia State Police is getting a new head of its investigative branch. Maj. Gary T. Settle takes over as director of state police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Wednesday. Settle has served as deputy director of the bureau ...

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Send in your large settlements from 2016

Virginia Lawyers Weekly will be publishing its Largest Settlements of 2016 edition on Feb. 13, 2017. If you have received a settlement of $1,000,000 or more between Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016, be sure you report it to us for the ...

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