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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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Justices side with ex-UPS worker who claims pregnancy bias

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court is giving a former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant. The justices on Wednesday sided with former driver ...

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Sweet Briar College says president and board won’t resign

SWEET BRIAR (AP) Sweet Briar College says its president and board members aren’t going to resign. Sweet Briar says in a statement to media outlets that allegations against school president James Jones and the board are unfair and wrong. An ...

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Seaman wins $3.75M in retrial of rape claims

After the Supreme Court of Virginia ordered a new trial following a $25 million verdict, a former ship crew member who claimed he was raped in a foreign port won a $3.75 million award from a Portsmouth jury Tuesday. The ...

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Man charged in lesbian custody case fights cell bill evidence

BUFFALO, N.Y (AP) A businessman’s cellphone bills showing where he was when he placed calls emerged Tuesday as central to charges he aided a woman who renounced being a lesbian and fled with her daughter during a custody dispute. Attorneys ...

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