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Pierce to lead South Hampton Roads Bar (access required)

The South Hampton Roads Bar Association has inducted Michael D. Pierce of Norfolk as president. He succeeds Jamilah D. LeCruise of Norfolk as head of the predominately Black bar association headquartered in Norfolk. Pierce, who joined the SHRBA in 2015, ...

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Confederate soldier statue removed in Leesburg

LEESBURG (AP) Workers have taken down the “Silent Sentinel” statue of a Confederate soldier that has stood outside the Loudoun County courthouse for more than a century. The statue’s fate was decided earlier this month when the county board voted ...

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Court upholds verdict in Monsanto cancer case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A California appeals court has upheld a Virginia law firm’s groundbreaking verdict that Monsanto’s widely used weed killer caused cancer in a school groundskeeper, but the panel also slashed the damage award from $78.5 million to $21.5 million. ...

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State attacks standing of Lee statue plaintiff (access required)

State lawyers say a Richmond resident seeking to block removal of the state-owned statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee lacks legal standing in his lawsuit. Lawyers from the attorney general’s office prevailed in their argument once, and raised the standing ...

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Judge refuses to block Northam’s COVID-19 executive orders

(AP) A Richmond federal judge has refused to temporarily block enforcement of Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive orders aimed at reducing COVID-19’s spread. U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. also scheduled an Aug. 27 trial date for a Loudoun County ...

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No entry to liquor stores without a mask

(AP) Virginia’s state-owned liquor stores say they won’t let anyone without a mask into their stores as part of an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority will have greeters at the front of stores ...

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Northam calls for special session to focus on budget, police

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has called for a special legislative session next month to focus on the state budget in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as well as criminal and social justice reform. Lawmakers will be due back in ...

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Lawmakers weigh in with unemployment concerns

(AP) Dozens of Democratic state lawmakers called for reforms at the state agency tasked with handling unemployment benefits, saying in a July 16 letter that they were concerned about its ability to “adequately address” the high volume of claims because ...

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Plaintiffs move to dismiss 1 lawsuit over Lee statue removal

(AP) A court hearing in a lawsuit over Gov. Ralph Northam’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was canceled at the last minute July 16 after the plaintiffs moved to drop the case, Attorney Gen. ...

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Judge tests positive for virus (access required)

A Salem judge has tested positive for COVID-19. Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Hilary Griffith told The Roanoke Times she was tested July 14 after experiencing symptoms the day before. The Salem courthouse was closed for a day for cleaning ...

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