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Va. Supreme Court rejects gym owner’s request to open

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected an injunction request from a gym owner who is challenging the executive order that has closed his business. Merrill Hall, who owns a chain of Gold’s Gym franchises and other gyms, sued ...

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Ex-prosecutor faces bar charges in plea deal (access required)

A former prosecutor who reportedly claimed that a judge favored a high-profile proposed plea deal is now facing Virginia State Bar ethics charges. A plea hearing in the case arising from the 2017 Northern Neck boating death of banker Graham ...

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Judge: Salvage firm can recover Titanic’s telegraph machine

NORFOLK (AP) A federal judge in Norfolk has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph machine that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic ocean liner. In a May 18 opinion, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach ...

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Maryland, Virginia, D.C. to sue EPA on bay pollution

ANNAPOLIS (AP) Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia have filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to require two other states to implement plans to cut pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, officials said ...

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Spencer to lead W&M law school (access required)

Law professor A. Benjamin Spencer has been selected as dean of the College of William & Mary law school. When he takes office in July, he will be the first African-American dean at the law school, according to a university ...

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Demand for wills has surged, but pandemic is causing issues

NORFOLK (AP) Nothing like a pandemic to make everyone contemplate their mortality. But while demand has surged for last wills and testaments, the virus itself is throwing a hitch in the usual procedures. Creating the ideal will has usually meant ...

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Falwell, prosecutor agree to dismissal of LU trespass charges (access required)

With written explanations from two journalists accused of trespassing at Lynchburg’s Liberty University and with the agreement of LU President Jerry Falwell Jr., the Lynchburg commonwealth’s attorney has dropped the charges. The reporter and photographer both said through their attorneys ...

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Lawsuit over schools named for Confederate leaders dismissed

(AP) A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the NAACP in Virginia that sought to remove the names of Confederate leaders from two public schools, saying in part that because the schools opened more than 50 years ago, the ...

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4th Circuit reinstates lawsuit over Trump’s hotel profits

(AP) A lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel was revived May 14 by a divided federal appeals court. The lawsuit brought by the state of Maryland and the District of ...

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Report on fatal police helicopter crash focuses on training

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A new report finds that Virginia State Police did not require training for a certain flight condition that contributed to a fatal helicopter crash during the protests in Charlottesville. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the findings came out in a ...

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