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Northam cancels school year, orders some businesses closed

(AP) Virginia public schools will remain closed for the rest of the current school year and certain types of businesses, like bowling alleys, salons, gyms and theaters, must close in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Ralph Northam said March 23. ...

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As Virginia cases rise, governor forecasts long disruptions

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam on Sunday offered a sobering timeline of efforts to diminish the intensity of the coronavirus outbreak, warning that life as we’ve known it will be disrupted “for a long time.” Virginia health officials said the state’s load of ...

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Test rules eased on Virginia doctors, nursing home residents

(AP) Virginia health officials have eased COVID-19 testing criteria for doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients and for nursing home and long-term care home residents, Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Saturday. Northam also said the state was seeking more health-related ...

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Court clarifies effect of appellate deadline tolling

The Supreme Court of Virginia has clarified the terms of the court’s “judicial emergency” order that apply to tolling of appellate deadlines. The March 16 order stated “all deadlines” are “hereby tolled and extended, pursuant to Va. Code § 17.1-330(D),” ...

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Lawyer convicted of drug possession keeps law license

A Washington County lawyer convicted of misdemeanor charges after being accused of passing a prescription drug to an inmate has agreed to a Virginia State Bar reprimand. The reprimand deal approved March 17 for George Ed Barker Jr. requires substance ...

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Senators recommend two for ED judgeship

Virginia’s two U.S. senators have recommended two U.S. magistrate judges for a vacancy on the U.S. District Court bench in the Eastern District. In a letter to President Trump, Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine said they recommended both U.S. ...

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Prosecutor raps judge for jury trial during virus prep

Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney Anton Bell minced no words in his disagreement with a decision to hold a jury trial on Monday, March 16, as communities struggled to come to terms with the proper response to the coronavirus threat. Bell told ...

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Court of Appeals to hold telephone hearings

The Court of Appeals of Virginia says it will conduct its upcoming dockets via telephone conference through at least June 30. In a March 18 notice, the court said the action was taken in an “abundance of caution and to ...

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Another ex-campaign staffer is charged in election scheme

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Authorities have charged a second former congressional campaign staffer with election fraud in a case that clouded the race for Virginia’s 2nd District in 2018. Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney Donald Caldwell, who is a special prosecutor overseeing the ...

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Courts use variety of notice methods

The independence of Virginia courts has been on full display as they respond to the call to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. Not only have state courts adopted a variety of responses in their schedules and policies, they ...

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