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Habeeb and Dicks to open new Richmond law office (access required)

Two former legislators – one a veteran lobbyist – are joining forces to open a new law office in Richmond, a branch of the Roanoke-based Gentry Locke firm. Gentry litigation partner Gregory D. Habeeb will oversee the Richmond office, with John G. “Chip” ...

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More advertising opinions dropped (access required)

The Virginia State Bar continues to trim the list of published opinions offering guidance on lawyer advertising. At an Aug. 1 meeting, the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics withdrew 12 legal advertising opinions issued by the former Standing Committee on ...

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Apartment complex threatens eviction over Bible studies

FREDERICKSBURG (AP) A battle is brewing at a Fredericksburg apartment complex over a semi-retired pastor’s Bible studies. The complex’s owner has threatened to evict Kenneth Hauge if he continues hosting the Bible studies, The Free Lance-Star reported. The 86-year-old is ...

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Prosecutor won’t charge officer in deadly shooting

(AP) A Richmond police officer who fatally shot a naked, unarmed man on an interstate highway will not face criminal charges because the shooting was “an act of justifiable homicide,” the city’s top prosecutor said. In a report released Aug. ...

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Venue motion under advisement for Charlottesville suspect’s trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A judge has decided the trial of a man accused of driving into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last summer will stay in Charlottesville for now. The Daily Progress reported Circuit Judge Richard Moore agreed to ...

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Lawsuit: Officer charged man with DUI ‘out of spite’

CHESAPEAKE (AP) A Virginia man is suing a police officer he says targeted him with a false charge of driving under the influence. Donald Hamlett’s lawsuit says the 64-year-old was arrested and charged by Chesapeake police officer Frank Chappell “out ...

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Court denies redistricting stay as Assembly meets

(AP) A federal court has rejected a request from Virginia Republicans to extend an October deadline to complete a state-level redistricting process until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on the case. A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court ...

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Feds say work can resume on most of Mountain Valley Pipeline

ROANOKE (AP) Federal regulators say construction can resume along most of the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s route through West Virginia and southwest Virginia. The authorization came less than a month after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a stop-work order for the ...

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Manafort again seeks trial in Roanoke

WASHINGTON (AP)  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has asked to move his upcoming trial from the nation’s capital to Roanoke, with his lawyers citing “intensely negative news coverage” and potential juror bias against him. “While federal courts often address issues ...

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Terwilliger confirmed as U.S. attorney (access required)

The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed G. Zachary Terwilliger as the appointed U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Terwilliger was endorsed in May by the two Democratic U.S. senators from Virginia, based on reviews by a panel of ...

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