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Five now accused in weapons case

(AP)  Five Richmond-area residents now face charges in connection with what federal officials say were plans to attack synagogues and black churches. Robert C. Doyle and Ronald Beasley Chaney III tried to buy an automatic weapon, explosives and a pistol ...

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Law Foundation taps 30 for Class of 2016

The Virginia Law Foundation has announced its 2016 Class of Fellows. Each year the Foundation recognizes a group of Virginia lawyers, law professors and retired judges for their legal excellence and community involvement. The 30 members of the 2016 Class ...

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Ex-student’s claim against JMU advances

A federal judge will allow a claim of Title IX discrimination to move forward against James Madison University. A former JMU student contends the school did nothing to stop circulation of a video allegedly showing her abused by fraternity members ...

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Heath petitions for VSB presidency

Newport News attorney Leonard C. Heath Jr. has applied for election as president-elect of the Virginia State Bar. If unopposed, Heath would be elected to that post by acclamation at the bar’s 2017 annual meeting. He then would take office ...

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Virginia judge rejects stay for VW cases

Alexandria U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady has refused to put the brakes on litigation over Volkswagen’s admitted “cheating diesels.” With eight consolidated cases pending in the district that is home to the corporate headquarters of Volkswagen Group of America Inc., ...

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