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Judicial emergency extended through Nov. 3 (access required)

For the 29th time, the Supreme Court of Virginia has extended its declaration of judicial emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order, dated Oct. 5, extends the judicial emergency through Nov. 3. As a result, the judicial emergency ...

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Prosecutors: Neo-Nazis discussed assassination, prison break

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Federal prosecutors in Maryland are recommending 25-year prison sentences for two neo-Nazi group members, calling them domestic terrorists who prepared for a civil war, discussed how to break racist mass killer Dylann Roof out of death row ...

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Court asked to reconsider allowing Lee statue removal

(AP) An enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was cut into pieces and hauled away from Richmond’s Monument Avenue three weeks ago, but plaintiffs who failed to block the removal want Virginia’s Supreme Court to reconsider its decision allowing it. ...

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McAuliffe, Youngkin hold fiery debate on vaccinations, taxes

(AP) Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed on Sept. 28 over vaccinations, tax policy, education and their respective records in the second and final debate in Virginia’s closely watched gubernatorial election. The event quickly got off to a combative ...

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Three elected to Bar Council

Three legal professionals have been elected to serve on the Virginia State Bar Council after a special election due to council members relocating from their districts. Naveed Kalantar has been elected to represent circuit 2, Matthew R. Foster will represent ...

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Is 50-50 fair? Dems say new map should reflect their success

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Some Democrats on a bipartisan redistricting commission in Virginia said on Sept. 27 that new legislative districts will be fair only if they reflect the partisan success Democrats have had in the state for the past decade. ...

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11 indicted in fraternity pledge’s alcohol poisoning death

(AP) Eight Virginia Commonwealth University students have been charged with hazing in a fraternity pledge’s death from alcohol poisoning after a party earlier this year, officials said on Sept. 24. The eight men arrested on Sept. 24 range in age ...

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Virginia doctor pleads guilty to nearly $2M fraud scheme

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Northern Virginia doctor pleaded guilty on Sept. 24 to a nearly $2 million health care fraud scheme that involved medically unnecessary pain and scar creams. Leonard Rosen, 72, of Fairfax Station, has been a practicing obstetrician in ...

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Judge faces backlash after contempt finding against witness

LEESBURG (AP) Virginia resident Katie Orndoff was in court to testify at the domestic assault trial of her boyfriend, who was accused of punching her in the face last year. Her reaction when she found out she was the one ...

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Virginia supreme court rejects redistricting challenge

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected a legal challenge to a state law that changes how prison inmates are counted for purposes of redistricting. The challenge came from individuals, including southwest Virginia state Sen. Travis Hackworth, who argued ...

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