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High court: School can block transgender teen from boys room

(AP) A Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boys restroom when school starts next month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Aug. 3. In a 5-3 decision, the high court put on hold a lower court ...

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Virginia officials citing cars registered out of state

FAIRFAX (AP) Officials in Fairfax County are cracking down on residents and business with cars registered out of state. Officials have identified roughly 2,300 incorrectly registered vehicles and about $6,000 in unpaid vehicle property taxes since July 2015. County Supervisor ...

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Former Virginia first lady asks court to vacate convictions

(AP) Lawyers for Virginia’s former first lady say her corruption convictions should be vacated after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned her husband’s convictions. News outlets report that Maureen McDonnell’s attorneys asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate ...

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4th Circuit: North Carolina voter ID law is discriminatory

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a North Carolina law requiring photo identification to cast in-person ballots was enacted “with discriminatory intent” and must be blocked. An opinion issued by a three-judge panel of the 4th ...

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McDonnell case put on hold after Supreme Court ruling

(AP) A federal appeals court has put former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption case on hold to give prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to analyze the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The high court overturned McDonnell’s corruption conviction in June, saying ...

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Man convicted of capital murder in trooper’s death

DINWIDDIE (AP) A man has been convicted of capital murder in the 2013 shooting of a Virginia state trooper. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that 31-year-old Russell E. Brown III of Chesterfield County was convicted Thursday in the death of Master ...

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Bar proposes duty to address impaired lawyers

A Virginia State Bar committee is seeking comment on the duty of law firm leaders to take action when another firm lawyer shows signs of impairment. The VSB Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is proposing a legal ethics opinion calling ...

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For would-be Reagan assassin, freedom only days away

WASHINGTON (AP) For the past decade, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan has quietly spent a growing number of his days living with his 90-year-old mother in a gated community in Williamsburg. On Wednesday, a judge finalized John Hinckley ...

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Attorney charged with sexual battery (access required)

Longtime Warrenton lawyer Jud A. Fischel has been charged with misdemeanor sexual battery. The town police chief said the charge resulted from allegations by clients of Fischel’s law practice. Fishel, 68, was served with a summons for an Aug. 22 ...

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Officer’s trial exposes fault lines over police shootings

PORTSMOUTH (AP) It’s a familiar story: an unarmed black male killed at the hands of a white law enforcement officer. But it didn’t take place in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, or any of the other cities most recently at the center ...

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