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Power outage affected courts Friday afternoon

A power outage in downtown Richmond Friday knocked the Supreme Court’s computer servers offline for about five hours, affecting courts across the state. Some court clerk’s offices closed early when state-supported computer systems went down, while others were essentially unaffected. ...

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Roush has backing of Northern Virginia legislators

Fairfax Circuit Judge Jane Marum Roush will bring powerful legislative support with her as she accepts a recess appointment to the Supreme Court of Virginia this week. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to name Roush Monday morning to a seat ...

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Law firm settles malpractice lawsuit

A Richmond law firm has settled a claim that its lawyers overlooked a commercial contract loophole that cost a client $2.35 million. The terms of the settlement involving Christian & Barton LLP were not disclosed in court filings, and attorneys ...

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McDonnell asks 4th Circuit to take a second look

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s lawyers are asking the appeals court that upheld his corruption conviction to take another look at his arguments. McDonnell filed a petition for rehearing Friday, asking to present his arguments again to either the same three-judge ...

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Survivor of Alexandria shooting testifies at hearing

FAIRFAX (AP) Between sobs, home health worker Jante Dorcas Franco gave a judge a halting, haunting description of surviving an attack that left another woman, music teacher Ruthanne Lodato, shot dead in her home. “I heard something like a loud ...

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Life sentence urged in peanut salmonella case

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) Federal court officers have recommended a sentence of life in prison for a peanut company executive convicted of selling salmonella-tainted food, a move that attorneys on both sides called “unprecedented” for a food-poisoning case. The potential life ...

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Lawyer ignored suspension, surrenders license

A Richmond area lawyer who acknowledged that he continued to practice law after receiving a two-year suspension last year has given up his license altogether. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the license of Shane L. Jimison June 11 ...

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Two plead guilty in Bristol utilities corruption case

A former CEO of the Bristol utilities authority and a former outside contractor both pleaded guilty Tuesday, acknowledging that companies doing business with the authority were expected to feather the nests of top executives. The government said former utility CEO ...

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Republicans blast Virginia governor’s parole commission

(AP) State Republicans criticized Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s establishment of a commission to study whether Virginia’s abolition of parole in the 1990s has been good for the state. Calling the commission a politically motivated “song and dance,” GOP lawmakers said ...

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New Va. law regulates crowdfunding for small companies

(AP) A Virginia law hits the books this month that will make it easier for small companies to raise capital. According to the State Corporation Commission, the agency’s new regulations will allow companies to raise up to $2 million through crowdfunding. ...

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