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Dad says he found son, 3, dead in dryer

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Authorities in Virginia say they’re investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy whose father says he found the child’s body in a clothes dryer. Virginia Beach police spokeswoman Linda Kuehn said the boy’s death on Aug. 7 ...

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Change of venue sought for Charlottesville crash trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The attorney for a man accused of driving into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is seeking to have his trial on first-degree murder and other charges relocated. An attorney for James Fields ...

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Manafort stoic as 8 guilty verdicts arrived

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Paul Manafort stood stoic and unblinking, his hands clasped in front of him, as a court clerk read off eight guilty counts against him — a list of offenses that could send President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman ...

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Regulators resolute on pipeline water permits

(AP) A state regulatory panel has declined calls from environmental groups, landowners and others to reconsider important water-quality permits for two natural gas pipelines. The State Water Control Board met Aug. 21 in Richmond to consider public comments it solicited ...

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Bar pays $103K to victims of dishonest lawyers (access required)

The Virginia State Bar paid $103,130.58 in the past fiscal year to 27 clients who lost money to dishonest lawyers, according to a year-end report from the Clients’ Protection Fund Board. It’s the lowest annual total in 11 years, according ...

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Flint water researcher’s defamation lawsuit challenged

ROANOKE (AP) A Flint, Michigan, resident is among those embroiled in a legal battle over a letter criticizing a Virginia Tech professor who helped expose the city’s water crisis. Flint resident Melissa Mays and the Campaign for Lead Free Water’s ...

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Northam sets special session to redraw legislative districts

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has scheduled a special session of the General Assembly so lawmakers can comply with a court order to redraw the state’s legislative map. The governor announced Aug. 20 that he had signed a proclamation calling lawmakers back to ...

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Evans takes helm at VACA (access required)

Smyth County Commonwealth’s Attorney Roy F. Evans is the new president of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys. Evans was inducted at the group’s 79th Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach. He succeeds Greensville County Commonwealth’s Attorney Patricia T. Watson. Other ...

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Author James Forman to talk about racism

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Forman Jr. will visit Charlottesville next month to give a talk about racism. “Claiming Your Power: American Racism, the Alt-Right, and Radical Resistance” is the title of the lecture by Forman, a Yale law ...

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Manafort judge says he fears for jurors’ safety

ALEXANDRIA (AP) The judge in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial says he has received threats and he fears for the “peace and safety” of the jurors deciding the fate of the former Trump campaign chairman. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis ...

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