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VSB Council elections will be online

Elections for the Virginia State Bar Council for circuits 4, 13, 17, 18, 19, 28 will be conducted online rather than with paper ballots this year, the bar says. Members in those circuits who were in good standing as of ...

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Herring: County attorney overstepped role in Sweet Briar case

Virginia’s attorney general says his office, not the Amherst county attorney, is the proper state representative to weigh in on the Sweet Briar College closing controversy. Attorney General Mark R. Herring has offered a friend-of-the-court brief suggesting that county attorney ...

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Feds end review of VMI’s handling of sex assault report

LEXINGTON (AP) Virginia Military Institute has been removed from a list of colleges under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault reports. VMI spokesman Stewart D. MacInnis told The Washington Post that an investigation by the U.S. Department of ...

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McDonnell: Favors were routine courtesies, not bribery

(AP)  Former Gov. Bob McDonnell made his final written plea to a federal appeals court Wednesday, arguing that the favors he did for a wealthy businessman were routine courtesies and not part of a bribery scheme. The onetime rising Republican ...

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GWAR frontman’s father sues over son’s ashes, belongings

(AP) The cremated remains of Grammy-nominated thrash metal band GWAR’s founder are at the center of a legal dispute between his father and his surviving bandmates. William Brockie says in a lawsuit that members of GWAR have stolen his son ...

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Prosecutor supports inmate’s innocence claim

(AP) Richmond’s chief prosecutor joined other lawyers Wednesday in urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to pardon a man who has spent 29 years in prison for an attempted rape that they say he didn’t commit. Michael McAlister’s prison term ended in ...

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PSA swapped insurance, phone expenses for support

A wife’s in-kind support ended at her remarriage under a couple’s divorce agreement, the Court of Appeals said on April 7. The appeals court upheld a trial court decision relieving the husband of payments for insurance, personal property taxes and ...

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Oral argument recordings at 4th Circuit posted next day

The staff at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is providing a faster turnaround for posting audio recordings of oral arguments on the court’s website. An April 8 rule change announced the court would post audio files of oral ...

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Severance found competent to stand trial in Alexandria slayings

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A judge has found a Virginia man competent to stand trial in the shooting deaths of three Alexandria residents over a 10-year span. Circuit Judge Jane Marum Roush Monday ordered that 54-year-old Charles Severance of Ashburn can be ...

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Former Virginia tobacco executive faces tax charges

ROANOKE (AP) The former president of a South Boston tobacco company has been charged with evading taxes, lying on legally required paperwork and using corporate money for personal items. A 47-count federal grand jury indictment against Kathryn Crabtree Farley was ...

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