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Clubs settle with strippers in wage dispute

(AP) Strippers in Virginia’s capital have settled a class-action wage dispute against five local adult clubs. Both sides told a federal judge that an agreement was ready to be filed if the judge would allow the settlement to be sealed, ...

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Virginia now offering REAL ID-compliant licenses

(AP) The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has started offering residents the option to upgrade their driver’s licenses to meet federal requirements that will affect plane travelers. Virginia licenses aren’t currently compliant with the federal REAL ID program, which was ...

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Northam forms advisory commission on opioids

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has asked a group of experts to advise him on how to fight the state’s opioid epidemic. Northam signed an executive order Sept. 28 establishing an advisory commission on opioids and addiction. The governor, who is ...

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Judge weighs bond for student after gun charge dropped

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) A judge in Virginia is considering whether to grant bond for a former Virginia Tech student after a felony gun charge against him was dismissed. TV station WSLS reported that a judge in an Arlington immigration court took a motion ...

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Guardsman who took armored vehicle competent to stand trial

(AP) An Army National Guard officer accused of stealing an armored personnel carrier from a Virginia base and leading police on a more than 60-mile chase has been deemed competent to stand trial. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 30-year-old Joshua Phillip Yabut appeared ...

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Judge upholds Portsmouth councilman’s conviction

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Portsmouth city councilman found guilty by a jury of three counts of felony forgery for falsifying a contractor’s signature on financial documents has had his conviction upheld. News outlets report an effort to save Portsmouth Councilman Mark ...

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Man won’t face death penalty in officer’s fatal shooting

(AP) Prosecutors say the man accused of fatally shooting a Virginia State Police special agent last year has entered a plea and won’t face the death penalty. The Richmond commonwealth’s attorney’s office announced Sept. 27 that Travis Ball entered an ...

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Virginia Law Foundation awards $440k in 2018 grants

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The Virginia Law Foundation has awarded $440,000 in grants to support law-related projects and organizations throughout the state. The grant program funds initiatives that further the foundation’s mission of facilitating access to justice and promoting an understanding of ...

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Soldier convicted of capital murder in deaths of wife, cop

MANASSAS (AP) An Army staff sergeant is facing possible execution after being convicted of capital murder in the deaths of his wife and a police officer who responded to the woman’s 911 call. A jury in Manassas returned guilty verdicts ...

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Delegate apologizes, asks for prayers after DUI charge

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A state lawmaker has apologized after his arrest on charges of driving under the influence. Democratic Del. Matthew James said in a statement Sept. 26 that he was “sincerely” sorry and asked that people keep him in their ...

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