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Justices deny proposal to relax law-office conflict rule

The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected a proposed legal ethics rule amendment intended to show that one lawyer’s personal conflict is not always imputed to other lawyers in the same office. The Virginia State Bar Council unanimously recommended the ...

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Businessman pleads guilty to bilking investors

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A businessman accused of fabricating a story that he was kidnapped by a biker gang in Virginia has pleaded guilty in a Montana court of bilking investors of more than $20 million. Larry Wayne Price Jr., a ...

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Man facing child porn charges dies after shooting himself

PRINCE GEORGE (AP) Police say a Prince George man indicted on 40 counts of possessing child pornography has died after shooting himself. Prince George County Police said 62-year-old James Paul Berry III died at a hospital Dec. 14, a day ...

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State to pay Northrop Grumman $35M over contract dispute

CHESTER (AP) Officials say Virginia has settled its legal dispute with Northrop Grumman for nearly $40 million. The state Information Technologies Agency and Northrop Grumman Corp. announced Dec. 14 they’ve settled dueling lawsuits filed 2½ years ago in Richmond Circuit ...

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No charges for priest accused of ‘boundary violations’

PURCELLVILLE (AP) The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office won’t press criminal charges against a Catholic priest accused of inappropriate contact with a minor and adults. The Diocese of Arlington issued a statement Dec. 14 saying that its own investigation into the Rev. Ronald ...

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Opioid deaths projected to fall slightly

(AP) Opioid-related deaths in Virginia are set to fall slightly this year compared to the year before. The Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office predicts there will be 1,175 deaths due to opioid overdoses this year, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. That’s down from ...

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Court tosses permit for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

(AP) A permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail, was thrown out Dec. 13 by a federal appeals court that harshly criticized regulators for approving the proposal. A three-judge panel ...

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Virginia Republicans ask Supreme Court to delay new map

(AP) Virginia Republicans want to block a federal court from approving a new legislative map until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on whether it’s even needed. Speaker Kirk Cox asked the high court Dec. 13 to delay a lower court’s ...

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Ex-secretary at Air Force base pleads guilty in pay scheme

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A former secretary at Langley Air Force Base has pleaded guilty to bilking the government out of nearly $1.5 million over 17 years. Michelle Holt pleaded guilty in federal court Dec. 12 to charges that she engaged ...

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Ga. governor: Norfolk Southern moving headquarters to Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) Railroad company Norfolk Southern Corp. is moving its headquarters from Norfolk to Atlanta, bringing with it 850 jobs and more than $500 million in economic investment, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Dec. 12. The company plans to build ...

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