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First black state Supreme Court justice to speak at school

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) The first black justice on Virginia’s Supreme Court will welcome new students to William & Mary this fall. The university says in a press release that John Charles Thomas will speak at the school’s Aug. 30 convocation in ...

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Proposal would encourage pro bono by retired lawyers

A Virginia State Bar panel is hoping to boost the number of retired lawyers who qualify for special status to provide pro bono services for needy clients. Bar rules allow for so-called “emeritus members” to provide no-cost legal service under ...

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Environmental groups sue over pipeline permitting decision

(AP) Several environmental groups are suing the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality over part of the permitting process for two proposed natural gas pipelines. The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, Bold Alliance and Preserve Craig Inc. filed suit this week in ...

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Attack on black teen was racially motivated, lawsuit says

(AP) A black teenager was called a racial slur before being attacked by two white men near his Virginia home as part of a campaign to run his interracial family out of the neighborhood, a federal lawsuit says. The lawsuit ...

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Prince William police to deploy cameras in fall

MANASSAS (AP) Police in Virginia’s second largest county will be rolling out body cameras. The Prince William County Police Department said Monday that the agency will deploy body worn cameras beginning in September and continuing through the end of the ...

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Lawsuit: Inmate who died at jail denied proper care

PORTSMOUTH (AP) The family of a Virginia inmate who sought emergency medical help days before he died has filed a more than $40 million federal lawsuit against the jail. Henry Stewart died in August days after filing an emergency grievance ...

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Richmond claims chemical price-fixing plot

(AP) Richmond and Baltimore are suing dozens of chemical companies and individuals who, they allege, conspired for years to drive up the price of aluminum sulfate, which is commonly used to treat municipal water. The cities filed antitrust lawsuits in ...

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Virginia teen identified as rape suspect through DNA

CHESTERFIELD (AP) Virginia’s DNA databank has identified a teen as the suspect of an October 2015 rape and beating of a 47-year-old woman. The 18-year-old man pleaded no contest to the attack in Chesterfield Circuit Court on Friday, the Richmond ...

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Fairfax judge arrested for DUI (access required)

A Fairfax County general district judge has been removed from all drunken-driving cases after he was charged with driving under the influence in Maryland in April, a court official told The Washington Post. Judge Michael H. Cantrell was stopped in ...

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Dominion overcharged some customers on electric bills

(AP) Virginia’s largest regulated electricity monopoly says it overcharged some of its customers for years by not properly reading their meters, but isn’t sure how far back the problem may go. Dominion Energy recently filed a motion with the State ...

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