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Biggest lure for Amazon to Virginia may be campus, not cash

ALEXANDRIA (AP) As he assessed his state’s winning effort to lure 25,000 Amazon jobs to Northern Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam said the key may not have been the hundreds of millions of dollars that were promised if the company delivered on its ...

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State pays $20K to woman mistakenly arrested

BOWLING GREEN (AP) The Virginia Division of Risk Management has settled a lawsuit with a woman authorities mistakenly arrested last year on warrants that listed the wrong name. A judge signed an order last month to dismiss the February lawsuit that ...

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Sealing of criminal cases accidental, judge says (access required)

A recent short-term sealing of court records for several defendants in a federal racketeering prosecution was unintentional and quickly remedied, the chief judge for the Western District of Virginia said. The Danville Register & Bee reported Nov. 9 that an unknown ...

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Opposition emerges to regulation of court reporters (access required)

Not all court reporters are on board with a plan to seek state regulation of the profession in Virginia. An association of electronic reporters and a group of nearly 200 Virginia-based reporters and transcribers have announced their opposition to regulation ...

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Supreme Court to hear Virginia GOP’s districting appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Virginia Republicans who are trying to preserve state legislative districts struck down by a lower court as racially discriminatory. The case involves 11 districts in the Virginia ...

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Crime prompts Roanoke to spend $50K on police overtime

ROANOKE (AP) A stabbing that wounded two people last month has prompted Roanoke leaders to increase police presence in the area for the rest of the year. The increase in patrols of the downtown area is expected to cost roughly ...

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Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

RICHMOND (AP) Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in Northern Virginia, according to a person familiar with the plans. The online retailer is expected to make an official announcement later ...

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Psychologist accused of sex with client loses license

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) A Blacksburg psychologist is accused of having a sexual relationship with a client and has had his license to practice suspended. The state Board of Psychology suspended the license of David Paul Ribbe in September, The Roanoke Times reported. ...

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Retired Justice Kennedy to speak at UVa law school

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will speak about his legacy on the high court at the University of Virginia law school this week. Kennedy will be interviewed by financier-philanthropist David Rubenstein Friday during an inaugural event for ...

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Virginia trooper convicted of falsifying drug case records

MARION (AP) A Virginia State Police trooper has been found guilty of falsifying records for drug case evidence that he had destroyed without permission. Sgt. Lee Jennings Testerman, 40, pleaded not guilty Nov. 8 as part of a deal in ...

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