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Appeals court hears police racial discrimination case

(AP) The Maryland attorney general’s office has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss claims made against the state in a racial discrimination case brought by a former police chief and two other black officers from a small city on Maryland’s ...

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Wilder sues VCU over assistant’s treatment

(AP) Former Gov. Douglas Wilder is suing Virginia Commonwealth University and top school officials saying his personal assistant was harassed and mistreated. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Wilder filed the lawsuit March 19 in Richmond Circuit Court. Wilder is a distinguished professor at VCU ...

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Physician, 78, sentenced on Medicaid fraud, drug charges

COEBURN (AP) A 78-year-old physician who pleaded guilty to health care fraud and drug charges will pay nearly $1 million in restitution and forfeiture, in addition to other penalties. The U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Virginia announced March 19 ...

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Coal ash pollution case to be heard by 4th Circuit

(AP) A legal battle over the storage of more than 3 million tons of coal ash in Virginia is headed to a federal appeals court in a case closely watched by environmentalists and energy companies. The case pits the Sierra ...

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Man beaten at Charlottesville rally not guilty of assault

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A black man who was severely beaten the day of a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and then charged with misdemeanor assault in the same incident was found not guilty March 16. A Charlottesville judge acquitted 20-year-old ...

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Developers seek more time for pipeline tree clearing

(AP) Developers of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline have asked federal regulators for more time to cut down trees along the project’s route, saying they likely can’t finish the work under an initial deadline designed to protect birds and bats. ...

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Company: Investigation at plant may be related to emissions

HOPEWELL (AP) The owner of a Virginia chemical plant under investigation by state and federal authorities said Wednesday the probe appears to be related to the facility’s air emissions and compliance with a 2013 environmental settlement. AdvanSix made the comments ...

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City, county sue drugmakers over opioid crisis

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Two local governments in Virginia are filing civil lawsuits against drug manufacturers seeking to recover money spent fighting the nation’s opioid crisis. The city of Alexandria in northern Virginia and Dickenson County in southwest Virginia filed the lawsuits ...

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Charlottesville car attack witness sues Alex Jones, others

(AP) A former State Department official who became the target of harassment after posting a video showing the car attack during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville sued right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and others Tuesday. Brennan Gilmore, who attended ...

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Northam sets special session on state budget

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam is calling state lawmakers back to work next month to pass a state budget. Northam, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he’s calling a special session on April 11. The move comes after lawmakers adjourned the regular ...

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