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Ashwell named as chief deputy AG (access required)

Roanoke lawyer Erin B. Ashwell has been selected as the next chief deputy attorney general, to replace Cynthia E. Hudson who is returning to private practice. The change, effective Feb. 10, was announced Jan. 6 by the office of Attorney ...

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Lawsuit: Pentagon withholding info from veterans’ advocates

NORFOLK (AP) A veterans group said the Pentagon has stopped releasing information that helps former service members contest less-than-honorable discharges from the military. The Defense Department has been breaking the law since April, according to a lawsuit filed Jan. 2 ...

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Northam proposes sweeping criminal justice reforms

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam is promising sweeping changes to the state’s criminal justice system that include decriminalizing marijuana, softening the penalties for people caught stealing smaller-dollar items, and reducing the number of Virginians whose driver’s licenses are suspended. Northam, a ...

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All bets are on? Virginia weighs legalizing casinos

(AP) Casinos could be coming soon to Virginia, but a brawl over just how many, where they would go, and who would run them is on tap first. Gambling-related issues are set to be one of the hottest topics at ...

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House Speaker-elect to leave job at lobbying firm

(AP) Virginia’s House Speaker-elect is stepping down from her job at a lobbying firm as she prepares for her new leadership role. Eileen Filler-Corn is doing so to alleviate the potential for conflicts of interest, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The Democrat ...

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Opponents push to abolish death penalty in Virginia

(AP) Virginia has executed nearly 1,400 people in its 412-year history — more than any other state. But as a new Democratic majority prepares to begin the legislative session, some see an opportunity to end executions in Virginia. A bill ...

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Hands-free driving proposal advanced again (access required)

A Virginia legislator says he will try again to ban the use of hand-held phones while driving. Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Mount Vernon, has introduced Senate Bill 160 to prohibit drivers from holding handheld personal communications devices while at the wheel. ...

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Some Dems concerned about non-partisan redistricting plan

(AP) The future of a proposal to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission in Virginia may be in doubt. Some Democrats in the state legislature who originally supported the idea may not be so sure anymore, The Washington Post reported. The Democrats ...

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NRA sues Fairfax attorney over client files (access required)

The National Rifle Association has sued to get client files from Fairfax County attorney Mark R. Dycio, but Dycio’s lawyer says the NRA was never a client. The NRA’s lawsuit, filed Dec. 27 in Fairfax County Circuit Court, contends Dycio ...

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Senate approves $25 million spending boost for Legal Services Corporation (access required)

On Dec. 19, the U.S. Senate passed an appropriations legislation by a vote of 81-11 that will include $440 million for the Legal Services Corporation. This is a $25 million increase to the appropriation LSC received last year.  It is ...

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