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Masks required at Richmond federal courthouse (access required)

Effective Jan. 9, masks are required for all individuals entering the Robinson-Merhige Federal Courthouse in Richmond. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia announced the protocol change in a recent press release, which states that all individuals ...

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School head: Some knew boy had gun before teacher shot (access required)

Administrators at the Virginia school where a first-grader shot his teacher learned the child may have had a weapon in his possession before the shooting but did not seize the 9mm handgun he brought to his classroom, the school system’s superintendent said. ...

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Woman accusing 4 ex-cops of aiding sex trafficking testifies (access required)

The woman known to jurors only as Jane Doe shook her head Jan. 12 when her lawyer asked her a question she knew was coming but clearly dreaded — could she describe the injuries she suffered during five years in ...

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Taxes, abortion on agenda as Virginia lawmakers back at work (access required)

The Virginia General Assembly kicked off its annual legislative session Jan. 11 with a hefty agenda that includes taxes, abortion and energy policy, but low expectations for how much work will actually get done during an election year. Every legislative ...

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Judge tosses argument that Lee statue vote violated law (access required)

A Virginia judge dismissed an argument Jan. 9 that Charlottesville violated an open government law with its 2021 vote to give a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to an African American heritage center that plans to melt it ...

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Order in the court: Women judges in Virginia on the rise (access required)

Slowly but surely, the number of women judges in Virginia courtrooms is on the rise. Nearly a third of Virginia jurists — or 32% — are female, up from 19% in 2008, according to the National Association for Women Judges. ...

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Virginia lawmakers returning for short election-year session (access required)

The part-time, politically divided Virginia General Assembly is set to convene this week in Richmond for its annual sprint of a legislative session. Members of the Republican-controlled House of Delegates and Democratic-held Senate will meet for at least 30 days ...

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Trial set for Black soldier suing police over violent stop (access required)

A U.S. Army lieutenant who was pepper sprayed, struck and handcuffed by police in rural Virginia, but never arrested, will argue to a jury that he was assaulted and falsely imprisoned and that his vehicle was illegally searched. Video of ...

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Proposed FTC rule would ban employee noncompetes (access required)

The Federal Trade Commission proposed a rule on Jan. 5 that would ban U.S. employers from imposing noncompete clauses on workers, a sweeping measure that could make it easier for people to switch jobs and deepen competition for labor across ...

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Judge slashes damages awarded in deadly Charlotteville rally (access required)

A federal judge has slashed millions of dollars from the damages a jury ordered white nationalist leaders and organizations to pay for their role in the violence that erupted during the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017. ...

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