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NRA lawyer kicked off Virginia lawsuit for ethical sanction

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A lawyer representing the National Rifle Association in a Virginia lawsuit has been removed from the case for not disclosing an ethical sanction. William Brewer III was to defend the NRA against an insurance broker, but wasn’t licensed ...

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Woman attacked by dog sues owner for $600K

ROANOKE (AP) A Virginia woman who was with her children when she was attacked by an English bull terrier and dragged to the ground is suing the dog’s owner for $600,000. Crystal Gayle Motley’s August lawsuit alleges the attack left ...

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Suit challenges driver’s license suspension for unpaid fees

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) An amended class-action lawsuit has been filed seeking to end Virginia’s enforcement of its law suspending driver’s licenses for people with unpaid criminal or traffic court debt. The Legal Aid Justice Center filed the complaint Sept. 11 in ...

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Man charged with illegal body disposal after baby disappears

(AP) A Virginia man has been charged with illegal disposal of a body and authorities say the charge is related to the disappearance of a 3-month-old girl. Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials said they arrested 31-year-old Andrew Terry of Roanoke Sept. 12 after ...

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Virginia court dismisses congressional candidate’s appeal

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has dismissed an independent congressional candidate’s appeal of a court decision removing her from the race. The court ruled Sept. 12 against Shaun Brown, who was seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor and ...

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Judge bars prosecution experts in death penalty trial (access required)

Prosecutors who missed a deadline for identification of expert testimony in a death penalty case have been barred from using any experts at the trial of a man accused of killing his wife and a rookie police officer. Prince William ...

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Virginia winery loses grape harvest in nighttime heist

ELLISTON (AP) A Montgomery County winery has lost almost its entire crop of grapes in a nighttime theft, just hours before it was to be harvested. Firefly Hill Vineyards co-owner Allison Dunkenberger told The Roanoke Times that the more than 2 tons ...

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Appeals court: Dominion did not violate Clean Water Act

(AP) Dominion Energy’s discharge of arsenic from a coal ash storage site through groundwater into surrounding waters does not violate the U.S. Clean Water Act, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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5 overdose deaths in 3 days prompt search for link

CHESTERFIELD COURT HOUSE (AP) Virginia police are searching for a link between five overdose deaths that happened over three days in Chesterfield County. Chesterfield police Maj. Frank Carpenter told the Richmond Times-Dispatch the department is investigating to see if there’s a “direct ...

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4th Circuit upholds dismissal of suit over judge’s stun order

(AP) The dismissal of a lawsuit against a Maryland judge who ordered a deputy to shock a defendant has been upheld by a federal appeals court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a U.S. district judge’s dismissal of ...

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