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Northam announces new housing assistance, judges to set eviction policies

(AP) Virginia is launching a new program to help people struggling to pay their rent or mortgages amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a Capitol news conference June 25 that his administration is putting an initial $50 ...

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Judge rejects effort to block handgun-a-month law

(AP) A Goochland County judge has rejected a challenge to the state’s one-handgun-a-month law scheduled to go into effect on July 1. Attorney General Mark Herring’s office released a statement announcing the decision by Circuit Judge Timothy K. Sanner, who ...

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Twitter dismissed from congressman’s lawsuit (access required)

A Henrico County judge has thwarted a California congressman who tried to sue Twitter over a series of mocking tweets. Judge John Marshall dismissed Twitter from a lawsuit filed by Rep. David Nunes, R-California. The judge said Twitter is not ...

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Bishop to lead Henrico Bar (access required)

Richmond attorney Emily Bishop has been named president of the Henrico County Bar Association for the 2020-21 term. Bishop, with the insurance defense firm of McAngus Goudelock & Courie, has been actively involved in the Henrico Bar since 2016 – ...

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Couple charged in $1.5 million virus fraud scheme

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Northern Virginia couple has been charged with fraud after prosecutors say the two received nearly $1.5 million in federal funds meant for businesses struggling under the coronavirus pandemic. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria say 43-year-old Monica Magdalena Jaworska ...

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Lawsuit seeks to block gun-sale background check law

LYNCHBURG (AP) Gun rights activists have filed a lawsuit challenging a new Virginia law that will expand background checks for gun buyers. The law, set to go into effect July 1, is one of seven gun control measures passed by ...

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State lifts eviction moratorium, advocates seek extension

(AP) A moratorium on evictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted by the Supreme Court of Virginia, paving the way for eviction proceedings to resume June 29. The ban was originally put in place in March and ...

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Lawyer for white nationalist allowed to withdraw

A federal magistrate judge has agreed to let an attorney withdraw from representing white nationalist leader Richard Spencer in a lawsuit over violence that erupted at a rally in Virginia nearly three years ago. U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Hoppe’s June ...

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Northam changes position, releases nursing home virus data

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has announced he will release the names of nursing homes that have had a coronavirus outbreak, a reversal from his previous stance that releasing the information could violate patients’ privacy. Northam said June 19 he is ...

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Feds sue Stafford County over law blocking Islamic cemetery

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Federal authorities are suing Stafford County over zoning regulations that prohibit an Islamic organization from developing a religious cemetery on land it had purchased for that purpose. The lawsuit filed June 19 alleges that the county violated the ...

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