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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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AG Herring says arming teachers is unlawful

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring is warning a rural school district that its plan to arm teachers is unlawful. Herring’s office released an opinion Aug. 28 saying the school board in Lee County should not proceed with its plan to let ...

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Lemons re-elected chief justice (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons has been re-elected by his colleagues to a second term as chief justice. The Virginia Code provides that the chief justice be elected by a majority of the justices to serve a term ...

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Prosecutors stumble with Medicaid fraud case (access required)

Saddled with 3.5 million pages of documents to process and a looming trial date, federal prosecutors are dismissing indictments against a group of health care providers accused of overcharging Medicaid by $45 million. A judge will decide whether the government will ...

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Cox settles music piracy claims (access required)

Cox Communications reportedly is paying a “substantial settlement” to end claims that the company was lax in policing internet customers’ music piracy. The resolution of the lawsuit filed by music publisher BMG follows a $25 million Alexandria federal court verdict ...

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Verdict is $800K in police shooting death

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia Beach jury has found two police officers responsible for gross negligence in the 2015 shooting death of a Virginia woman. The jury deciding the lawsuit filed by India Kager’s family cleared two other Virginia Beach ...

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Trump picks litigator for 4th Circuit seat (access required)

Washington attorney Allison Jones Rushing has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A native North Carolinian, Rushing is a partner with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington and is licensed ...

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