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Ex-House speaker joins lobbying firm as adviser

(AP) A lobbying, advocacy and public affairs organization says former Speaker of the House William J. Howell has joined in a non-lobbying capacity. McGuireWoods Consulting tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that as a senior adviser, the 75-year-old  Howell will work to help clients ...

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Councilman’s identity fraud, forgery trial begins

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Portsmouth councilman’s identity fraud and forgery trial will begin this morning with jury selection. Portsmouth Councilman Mark Whitaker serves as an assistant pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church and is charged with 20 offenses including two counts ...

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Herring files motion defending state abortion laws

(AP)  State Attorney General Mark Herring is asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit that seeks to overturn state laws restricting abortion rights. Herring’s office filed the motion to dismiss July 13 in federal court in Richmond. The attorney ...

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Tourism group sues over use of ‘Virginia is for Gun Lovers’

(AP) For almost half a century, Virginia has used “Virginia is for Lovers” as a slogan to promote tourism in the state. So when state tourism officials noticed an online retailer using “Virginia is for Gun Lovers,” they weren’t pleased. ...

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Judge OKs $2.5M settlement for overcharged utility bills

(AP) A Virginia judge has approved a $2.5 million class-action settlement between a city agency and public housing residents who say they were overcharged for electricity. The settlement between the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and its current and former ...

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Lawsuit settlement could thwart Charlottesville violence

(AP) An organizer of a white nationalist rally that erupted in violence last summer has agreed to “actively discourage” coordinated, armed activity in Charlottesville, the latest agreement reached with extremist groups to help prevent future violence as the city approaches ...

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State records $550 million surplus

(AP) Virginia collected $550 million more than expected in revenues last fiscal year. Gov. Ralph Northam announced the surplus July 12. He said it was an encouraging sign of economic momentum in the state. The surplus was attributable to increases ...

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US, Virginia sue company over defective Metro concrete

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Department of Justice and the state of Virginia are suing a manufacturer over concrete created for the Metro’s Silver Line. The lawsuit, filed July 9 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, alleges that Universal Concrete Products ...

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Dominion increased political spending while pushing for law

(AP) Dominion Energy’s tenfold increase in spending to influence Virginia politicians was prompted by the spread of “fake news and propaganda perpetuated by anti-energy groups,” a company spokesman said. Recently filed disclosure forms show the state’s biggest electric utility and ...

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Family presses for documents in fatal police shooting

MCLEAN (AP) The family of a Northern Virginia man fatally shot by U.S. Park Police last year after a short chase is seeking the release of documents surrounding the investigation. Lawyers for Bijan Ghaisar’s family announced July 10 they have ...

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