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ABC arrest powers under scrutiny

(AP) A Virginia alcohol-law enforcement agency that has sparked public outrage over two high-profile arrests has investigated three complaints of excessive use of force by its officers in the last five years, according to data obtained by The Associated Press ...

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Lawmakers approve $100 per year gift cap

(AP) Virginia lawmakers passed new gift limits Friday that will make it much more difficult for them to be wined and dined by deep-pocketed lobbyists. Part of a wide-ranging ethics reform legislation passed includes a $100-a-year cap on gifts, including ...

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Ex-detective: Man convicted in ‘Norfolk Four’ murder had crush on victim

(AP) One of four ex-sailors who claim they falsely confessed to a 1997 rape and murder quickly became the prime suspect when police learned that he was romantically obsessed with the victim, a former Norfolk detective said Friday. Maureen Evans ...

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Opponents cheer ruling on James River transmission line

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday that local approval is required for a key element of a proposed high-rise electrical transmission line over a historic section of the James River. Opponents celebrated the decision, but stopped short of ...

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Judge weighs lawsuit filed by deaf inmate at Arlington jail

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Deaf inmates should be given regular access to sign language interpreters when needed, lawyers argued Thursday in a lawsuit over one inmate’s six-week stay at a county jail. Ethiopian immigrant Abreham Zemedagegehu sued the Arlington County sheriff and ...

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Virginia lawmakers put off vote limiting lobbyist gifts

(AP) Virginia lawmakers delayed a vote on ethics reform legislation Wednesday over concerns the measure could be interpreted as putting a $100 lifetime limit on gifts to public officials from lobbyists and others who have financial interests with the state. ...

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Judge refuses to block Sweet Briar shutdown

BEDFORD (AP) A judge refused to block the closing of Sweet Briar College on Wednesday, but issued an injunction to limit the small women’s college from spending any charitable contributions for that purpose. While Bedford Circuit Judge James W. Updike Jr. ...

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Special grand jury to investigate fatal police shooting

NORFOLK (AP) A special grand jury will investigate the fatal shooting of a man by Norfolk police in 2014. Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood’s office said a judge on Wednesday granted Underwood’s motion to impanel a special grand jury to ...

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Duncan to lead Federal Judges Association

Appeals court Judge Allyson K. Duncan is the new president of the Federal Judges Association, a voluntary group dedicated to preserving the independence of the judiciary. Duncan, of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, assumed the leadership post ...

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Court reverses custody decision using Daubert

State legislators worried about use of the federal Daubert test to exclude “junk science” got a reassuring signal April 14 when the Court of Appeals reversed a trial judge’s application of the test in a messy custody battle. An appellate ...

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