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Supreme Court takes the wheel in 2 cases of vehicle searches

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court’s justices put themselves in the driver’s seat Tuesday, hearing arguments in two cases involving vehicle searches, but it was unclear what routes the justices will take to resolve the cases. One case involved Pennsylvania ...

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4th Circuit strikes down local law on anti-abortion centers

(AP) A Baltimore law that required an anti-abortion pregnancy counseling center to post disclaimers in its waiting room is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Baltimore ordinance violated the ...

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Voters to appeal ruling denying new House election

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Four voters in Virginia say they’ll appeal a federal judge’s decision against a new election for a race that might have forced a 50-50 split in Virginia’s House of Delegates Kenneth J. Lecky and three others filed their ...

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Virginia high court to weigh legality of displaying a noose

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia is scheduled to hear arguments this week over whether a man broke the law when he hung a black-faced dummy in his front yard. Lawyers for Jack Eugene Turner of Rocky Mount will argue ...

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Judge rejects bid for new vote in House race

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge on Friday rejected a request for a new election that might have forced a 50-50 split in Virginia’s House of Delegates, calling ballot mistakes cited by Democrats a “garden-variety” problem that doesn’t merit federal intervention. ...

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Family receives $725,000 settlement after inmate’s death

CULPEPER (AP) The family of a Culpeper man who died in custody at a regional jail has received a $725,000 settlement. Sherry Thornhill, the mother of Christopher Shawn Berry, filed the lawsuit after her son’s 2014 death in the Central ...

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Republican’s lucky win solidifies GOP House control

(AP) By luck of the draw, incumbent Republican David Yancey won a state House of Delegates race so close that its outcome was determined Thursday when an elections official pulled his name out of a ceramic bowl. The drawing of ...

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Judges deny Democrats’ request to undo recount decision

(AP) A three-judge panel on Wednesday refused to reverse a decision that stripped a Democratic candidate of her apparent one-vote victory in the race for a House seat, meaning a winner will be chosen at random in a drawing. The ...

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Retired lawyer providing a will for those who need it most (access required)

(AP) For some of metro Richmond’s most vulnerable residents — the poor, the aged, the sick — G. Andrew Nea Jr. provides pro bono serenity. Nea, since his retirement a decade ago from the law firm of Williams Mullen, has ...

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Meet three editors, one a lawyer, who fought in duels

By Matt McKinney The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK (AP) — As you may know, journalists nowadays are often the subject of ridicule. Cries of “fake news” and accusations of bias abound. And some readers hurl personal insults — often anonymously — in ...

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