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Virginia lawsuit targets diplomat’s wife in fatal UK crash

FALLS CHURCH (AP) The family of a British teenager killed in a motorcycle crash has filed a lawsuit in a Virginia federal court against a U.S. diplomat’s wife who left England after allegedly causing the crash. Anne Sacoolas claimed diplomatic ...

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House approves bill to end police immunity

(AP) Legislation aimed at making it easier to sue police officers for misconduct in Virginia has been revived for a second time and approved by the House of Delegates. The bill sponsored by Del. Jeff Bourne, D-Richmond, would allow lawsuits ...

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Court republishes plan to clarify use of ‘shall’ (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is seeking another round of comments on an extensive plan to replace the word “shall” in the Virginia rules of court. Confusion over varying meanings attributed to “shall” in the rules and statutes has been ...

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Judge awards $337K in fees in state hospital case (access required)

A federal judge has awarded $337,735.17 in fees to a lawyer who won $250,000 in compensatory and punitive damages against employees at a state mental hospital on behalf of a long-term patient. A federal court asked attorney Jeremiah A. Denton ...

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Supreme Court refuses to extend stay of eviction actions (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has refused to extend its moratorium on certain eviction actions despite a written request from Gov. Ralph Northam. The court separately acknowledged a new federal eviction moratorium and advised judges and clerks on details of ...

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House approves sweeping package of police reforms

(AP) The House of Delegates approved a sweeping package of police reform bills Sept. 4 that Democrats said would make it easier to reign in officers who abuse their authority but Republicans said would hamstring police and make their jobs ...

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Confederate statue to be moved in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A life-size bronze statue of an unnamed Confederate soldier was approved for removal from outside the Albemarle County courthouse in Charlottesville, one of numerous such monuments being relocated in the state that was once home to the capital of ...

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Judge kicks Kanye West off Virginia ballot

(AP) A Richmond judge has ordered rapper Kanye West’s name removed from presidential ballots in Virginia. West was disqualified because he failed to meet a requirement that 13 people pledge their support for his campaign, Circuit Judge Joi Taylor said ...

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Tensions flare as lawmakers debate police reforms

(AP) Tensions flared Thursday as Virginia lawmakers took up a series of reforms that Republicans denounced as anti-police and Democrats insisted are long overdue. The Democratic-controlled House of Delegates advanced more than a half dozen police reform bills — including ...

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4th Circuit blocks federal abortion rules in Maryland

(AP) A divided federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s decision blocking the enforcement in Maryland of Trump administration rules that prohibit taxpayer-funded family planning clinics in the Title X program from making abortion referrals. The Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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