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Judge: Marriage race question unconstitutional

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge has refused to dismiss a legal challenge by a group objecting to a requirement that race be listed on Virginia marriage license applications. A lawsuit filed last month against the state registrar and two Virginia ...

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Appeals court puts Mountain Valley Pipeline permits on hold

(AP) A federal appeals court has put a hold on two permits needed for construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 11 issued a stay of permits from the U.S. Fish and ...

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Hacker sent to jail for refusing to testify to grand jury

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A convicted hacker who’s already serving a 10-year prison sentence for breaking into computer systems of security firms and law-enforcement agencies is now serving additional time for refusing to testify to a federal grand jury in Virginia. A ...

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Virginia ranks among states with lowest crime rates

RICHMOND (AP) Virginia had the fourth lowest violent crime rate and 13th lowest property crime rate in the United States last year, according to new data from the FBI. The commonwealth had 200 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2018, ...

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Bitcoin mining operation told to liquidate assets

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A bitcoin mining operation that filed for bankruptcy one year after receiving nearly $500,000 from the city of Virginia Beach has been ordered to liquidate its assets. A federal judge approved a motion Oct. 8 to convert ...

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US official charged with leaking secrets to journalists

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Defense Intelligence Agency official has been arrested and charged with leaking classified intelligence information to two journalists, including a reporter he was dating, the Justice Department said. Henry Kyle Frese, 30, was arrested by the FBI ...

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Court warns about telephone scams

Officials are warning the public about a telephone scam that spoofs the name and telephone number of a Virginia court on caller ID. The alert comes from the Office of Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia: Callers claim ...

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Lawyer takes 6-month suspension for ignoring lien (access required)

A Richmond lawyer has agreed to a second six-month license suspension for mishandling money. Neil O. Reid refused to pay a hospital lien after settling a personal injury case, later claiming he overlooked the original lien notice in his file, ...

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Senators decline to name new judge candidates (access required)

Virginia’s U.S. senators say they will not release the names of new applicants for the seat of U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad. The senators announced a new round of applications Sept. 18 for the seat of the semi-retired Conrad ...

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Bond surety company targeted by insurance regulators (access required)

Virginia insurance regulators say the immigration bond surety company known as Libre by Nexus Inc. is violating the law by acting as an unlicensed insurance agent. The State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance says the company solicits, negotiates and sells ...

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