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4th Circuit hears challenge to ‘habitual drunkard’ law

(AP) A Virginia law that allows police to arrest and jail people designated as “habitual drunkards” for up to a year if they’re caught with alcohol was scrutinized Jan. 30 by a federal appeals court as legal advocates argued that ...

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Bobbitt lawyer to defend Radford student in stabbing

RADFORD (AP) A Virginia college student accused of stabbing her classmate has hired the attorney who defended Lorena Bobbitt at trial. The Roanoke Times reports that Monday’s arraignment of 21-year-old Luisa Ines Tudela Harris Cutting was canceled after the court was notified ...

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Chain pays $1M to settle poor pharmacy record-keeping claims

NORFOLK (AP) A grocery store chain in Virginia has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to the federal government to settle claims that its pharmacies failed to keep adequate records of controlled substances. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the ...

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4th Circuit to hear case of reporter alleging surveillance

(AP) When Sharyl Attkisson first began hearing clicking sounds on her phone and her computers started turning on and off in the middle of the night, she thought it was a technical glitch that could be easily fixed. Attkisson, then ...

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Concrete firm pays $1 million to settle Metrorail lawsuit

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A concrete company is paying $1 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it falsified test data on materials used in the multibillion-dollar expansion of the Washington region’s Metrorail system. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria announced the civil ...

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Body cameras increase workload, costs of prosecutors

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Police departments across Virginia have been outfitted with body cameras whose recordings need review by local prosecutors, many of whom aren’t getting the state funding needed to do so. Virginia Beach police are being outfitted with 450 ...

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Virginia Senate votes to end license suspensions over fees

(AP) The Virginia Senate has approved legislation to end the suspension of driver’s licenses of people with unpaid court fines and costs. The measure passed Jan. 25 with broad bipartisan support but may stall in the GOP-controlled House. The proposal ...

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Driver charged in GOP train crash challenging evidence

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A lawyer for a garbage truck driver charged in a deadly 2018 crash with a train carrying Republican lawmakers is challenging evidence collected by police in Virginia. William Tanner, an attorney for Dana William Naylor Jr., filed a ...

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Legislators pass bills allowing happy hour advertising

(AP) Restaurants in Virginia would have greater freedom to advertise happy hour drink specials under legislation that passed both chambers of the General Assembly. The House of Delegates and Senate each passed bills Jan. 23 that would allow Virginia restaurants ...

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Court picks redistricting plan that helps Democrats

(AP) A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia’s House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party gain control in this year’s election. The judges ordered a new map in ...

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