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More virus updates for lawyers

The Western District U.S. Bankruptcy Court has suspended its prohibition on pro se litigants filing pleadings or other papers electronically. In a March 25 order posted on the court’s website, the court cited the need to reduce personal contact. Similarly, ...

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Judge rejects appeal from man convicted in al-Qaida plot

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A judge again rejected a request from a Northern Virginia man who sought to overturn his life sentence for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush. Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was convicted in 2005. He ...

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Official: Rehab center with outbreak faces staff shortage

(AP) A Richmond long-term rehabilitation facility is facing a staffing and supply shortage amid a coronavirus outbreak that has killed four patients and sickened many other patients and staff, a health official said March 26. The Richmond-area Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare ...

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Food Frenzy postponed

Organizers of Virginia’s annual Legal Food Frenzy say they’ve postponed the food drive to the fall. A specific date is yet to be named. The drive to gather food and financial contributions for food banks had been scheduled for April ...

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Federal courts extend restrictions

Federal courts in Virginia are extending their limitations on in-person activities. In the Eastern District, all time periods that would expire on March 31 or April 17 have been extended through May 1, according to a March 24 order. The ...

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Mayor: Liberty U. ‘reckless’ to let students back amid virus

(AP) Officials in Lynchburg said March 24 they were fielding complaints about the hundreds of students who have returned from spring break to Liberty University, where President Jerry Falwell Jr. welcomed them back amid the new coronavirus pandemic. “We could not ...

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Northam warns that ‘new normal’ will last months

NORFOLK (AP) Gov. Ralph Northam doubled down Tuesday on his warning that people will have to stay at home and many businesses will remain shuttered for “months, not weeks” as the nation battles the coronavirus pandemic. Northam, who is a doctor, warned ...

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VSB office closed until March 30

The Virginia State Bar’s office will be closed until March 30 due to health concerns with the spread of COVID-19, the VSB announced on March 23. “We will continue to evaluate the situation and will announce any additional information on ...

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Domestic violence counselors brace for possible uptick

ROANOKE (AP) Domestic violence counselors in Virginia say they are are preparing for a possible increase in cases as people spend more time at home during quarantines prompted by the coronavirus outbreak. Groups such as Total Action for Progress are ...

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Northam cancels school year, orders some businesses closed

(AP) Virginia public schools will remain closed for the rest of the current school year and certain types of businesses, like bowling alleys, salons, gyms and theaters, must close in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Ralph Northam said March 23. ...

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