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Appeals court sides with environmentalists in pipeline case

McLEAN (AP) An appeals court has sided with environmentalists who challenged the decision by federal agencies to allow construction of a 300-mile natural gas pipeline on a swath of national forest. The unanimous ruling July 27 by a three-judge panel ...

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Child porn defendant could get 291 years

STANARDSVILLE (AP) A jury has recommended nearly 300 years in prison for a Virginia man convicted of dozens of child pornography-related charges. Christopher Mark Garrison, 48, was convicted of 43 counts in all July 25, including soliciting a minor and ...

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Virginia bar exam test-takers stay dry (access required)

Despite persistent rain in Roanoke, the 767 applicants who sat for the Virginia bar exam on July 24 and 25 managed to avoid getting wet while actually taking the test. That wasn’t the case for some bar candidates in Colorado. ...

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3 workers hurt in machinery plant explosion

WOOLWINE (AP) Authorities say three people have been hurt in an explosion at a factory in Patrick County. Patrick County Emergency Services Coordinator Steve Allen told news outlets that three injured employees were all alert as they were transported for ...

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4th Circuit sides with pipeline in eminent domain case

RICHMOND (AP) A federal appeals court has sided with the Mountain Valley Pipeline in an eminent domain lawsuit brought by landowners in the project’s path. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on July 25 affirmed the ...

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Organizer of white nationalist rally loses a lawyer

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The primary organizer of last summer’s deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia is losing one of his attorneys after abandoning his legal campaign for a permit to stage an event marking its anniversary. The lawyer, Elmer Woodard, asked ...

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$625K settlement reached in inmate’s death

PORTSMOUTH (AP) The family of a Virginia inmate who died has reached a $625,000 settlement in a lawsuit against a jail and its medical provider. News outlets quote court documents as saying Henry Stewart’s family will be paid $100,000 from ...

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Lawsuit: Bureaucrats violating vocational school’s rights

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A husband and wife in Virginia Beach are suing the state over requirements that their vocational school must be certified. Jon and Tracy McGlothian filed their lawsuit against the State Council of Higher Education in federal court ...

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Buniva files for bar presidency, challengers expected (access required)

Richmond lawyer Brian Buniva has filed a petition to run for president-elect of the Virginia State Bar, a position which would lead to him serving as president during 2020-21. Two other lawyers say they plan to run as well, setting ...

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Prosecutors: House candidate lied about $700K campaign gift

NORFOLK (AP) Federal prosecutors say a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia lied about donating more than $700,000 to her campaign. Shaun Brown is set to stand trial this week in U.S. District Court on charges she ...

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