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High court sends back ruling on Virginia redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court says a lower court must take another look at a ruling that said Virginia state lawmakers packed too many black voters into one congressional district. The justices on Monday said the lower court should reconsider ...

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Alexandria wins legal battle over waterfront development

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Alexandria has won a prolonged legal battle to go forward with development plans for the city’s waterfront. The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Friday that any errors made during the process of approving the development had been corrected ...

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Chinese drywall company pays $3.2 million to 7 homeowners

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Attorneys say a Chinese drywall manufacturer — Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. — has paid a $3.2 million judgment to the owners of seven homes damaged by the product. A news release from attorneys representing homeowners said a ...

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Prosecutors: Evidence supports McDonnell convictions

(AP) The actions taken by former Gov. Bob McDonnell in his public corruption case were in some ways more blatant than those of a former congressman who hid nearly $100,000 in bribe money in his freezer, federal prosecutors said Thursday. ...

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Former Bristol utility execs plead guilty in kickback cases

ABINGDON (AP) Two former Bristol Virginia Utilities Authority executives have pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges stemming from kickback schemes. Acting U.S. attorney Anthony Giorno said 61-year-old Robert James Kelley Jr. of Lexington and 44-year-old David Copeland of Bristol each ...

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One will, plus two handwritten notes

A woman who made a will in 2006 tried to update her will with handwritten notes in March and December of 2012. When she died in November of 2014, only one of the handwritten notes worked as a codicil to ...

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McAuliffe orders retraining for ABC police

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe ordered state liquor agents retrained Wednesday following a high profile arrest that left a University of Virginia student bloodied and shouting allegations of racism. The executive order requires Virginia’s approximately 130 Alcoholic Beverage Control agents to ...

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Terror convict: My mother and the FBI violated my rights

McLEAN (AP) Muslim convert Zachary Chesser of Virginia was very much on law enforcement’s radar after posting threats against the creators of “South Park” for cartoons he felt insulted the prophet Muhammad. Then he tried to join a terror group ...

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Company wins bias suit against law department

A former in-house lawyer at management consultant Booz Allen Hamilton has lost her lawsuit alleging age and gender discrimination filed after she was demoted in a restructuring of the company’s legal department. The former associate general counsel’s “me-too” evidence – ...

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McGuireWoods’ partner profits tick upward

Profits are up at Virginia’s largest law firm, with partners who share the wealth at McGuireWoods hitting a profits-per-partner mark of nearly $1 million. The firm added 29 lateral partners in the past year, and now has more than 1,000 ...

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