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Virginia Tech student sues after hazing suspension

ROANOKE (AP) A former Virginia Tech student is suing the university after he was accused of overseeing a ceremony that violated the school’s hazing policy. Darrien Brown alleges the university denied him due process when administrators suspended him for two ...

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Heishman tapped as Fairfax Commissioner of Accounts (access required)

The judges of the Fairfax County Circuit Court have named Anne M. Heishman as Commissioner of Accounts for the court.   Heishman will take office on July 1, 2020, upon the retirement of the current commissioner, John H. Rust Jr. Heishman ...

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Rapaport reelected to Comp Commission (access required)

The General Assembly has given Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Robert A. Rapaport a six-year term. The Assembly on Jan. 27 voted to give a full term to Rapaport, who went on the commission in 2017. He serves with two other commissioners, ...

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Teenager could be tried as adult in murder case

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A Virginia teenager charged with first-degree murder in the death of an elderly couple could be tried as an adult after charges against him were certified to circuit court. The 17-year-old was sent to an adult jail after ...

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Student sues VMI over alleged hazing

LEXINGTON (AP) A former Virginia Military Institute student is suing the school, alleging he was waterboarded, assaulted and forced to wrestle another student while partially clothed. The lawsuit says the incident prompted the student to withdraw from the school. The ...

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Lawsuit claims wrongful use of internet photos (access required)

A proposed class action lawsuit in Alexandria federal court claims a New York company is unlawfully “scraping” billions of photographs from the internet to create a facial recognition database used by law enforcement. The alleged practice by Clearview AI Inc. ...

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Police find 4 dead horses and 4 in poor health

CULPEPER (AP) Police in Virginia say they’re investigating a case of possible animal cruelty after they found four dead horses and four others in poor health. The animals were found on a property in eastern Orange County, the Culpeper Star-Exponent reported. ...

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Lawmakers advance plan to legalize casinos

(AP) Virginia lawmakers took steps Feb. 4 to legalize casinos in five cities around the state. House and Senate committees both advanced legislation that would allow voters in Bristol, Danville, Richmond, Norfolk and Portsmouth to hold local referendums to approve ...

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Murder trial postponed after witness fails to appear

DANVILLE (AP) A witness in a first-degree murder trial in Virginia failed to appear in court because of threats posted on social media, pushing the start back several months, a prosecutor said. The two-day jury trial for Antonio T-Quan Terry, ...

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Prosecutors search for victims of credit card scam

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Federal prosecutors in Virginia have taken the unusual step of conducting a public search for victims of a Russian national whose website facilitated more than $20 million in credit card fraud. Aleksei Burkov of St. Petersburg, Russia, pleaded ...

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