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Justices: Charlottesville can remove Confederate statues

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Virginia’s highest court has ruled that the city of Charlottesville can take down two statues of Confederate generals, including one of Robert E. Lee that became the focus of a violent white nationalist rally in 2017. The state ...

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Northam seeks to accelerate marijuana legalization

(AP) Adults in Virginia could legally possess and grow small amounts of marijuana beginning in July, about three years sooner than initially envisioned, under changes the governor proposed March 31 to legislation passed earlier this year. “Our Commonwealth is committed ...

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Lawsuit targets Virginia’s policies on transgender students

(AP) A faith-based conservative group has filed a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s new state guidelines on the treatment of transgender students in public schools, alleging the policies violate parental child-rearing rights and student rights to freely exercise their religion. The lawsuit ...

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Appeals court upholds constitutionality of terror watchlist

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A federal appeals court has overturned a challenge to the constitutionality of the government’s terrorist watchlist, ruling that the government deserves wide latitude in establishing programs designed to protect national security. A group of two dozen Muslim plaintiffs sued ...

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‘Wrestling match’ predicted for appeals court judgeships (access required)

Selecting seven new judges for the Court of Appeals of Virginia may not be as easy as it sounds, one legislator has suggested. Cutting a field of up to 50 candidates to seven could turn into a “wrestling match,” said ...

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Payouts rebound for Clients’ Protection Fund (access required)

The Virginia State Bar expects a more typical level of awards to victims of dishonest lawyers in the current fiscal year. Last year, the VSB Clients’ Protection Fund paid less than $31,000 to persons who lost money due to dishonest ...

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Nichols receives family law honor (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Family Law Section has awarded its highest honor to Paul F. Nichols of Woodbridge. Nichols will receive the 2021 Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award at a gathering next year, according to a VSB announcement. The award recognizes ...

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State police to probe deadly police shooting

(AP) Virginia Beach police have turned over their investigation of an officer-involved shooting of a former college football player to Virginia State Police after the Black man’s death amid a rash of weekend shootings drew heightened public scrutiny. Donovon W. ...

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Evictions continue despite federal moratorium

(AP) Evictions are continuing in Virginia despite a nationwide moratorium by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Washington Post reported that evictions are still happening because of loopholes and misinformation. Palmer Heenan, an attorney with the Central Virginia Legal Aid ...

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Parole Board chair sues TV station, journalist

(AP) The chair of the Virginia Parole Board has filed a defamation lawsuit against a Richmond TV station and one of its reporters over some of the station’s coverage of an ongoing controversy involving the board. Court records show board ...

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