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Concrete firm pays $1 million to settle Metrorail lawsuit

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A concrete company is paying $1 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging it falsified test data on materials used in the multibillion-dollar expansion of the Washington region’s Metrorail system. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria announced the civil ...

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Body cameras increase workload, costs of prosecutors

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Police departments across Virginia have been outfitted with body cameras whose recordings need review by local prosecutors, many of whom aren’t getting the state funding needed to do so. Virginia Beach police are being outfitted with 450 ...

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Virginia Senate votes to end license suspensions over fees

(AP) The Virginia Senate has approved legislation to end the suspension of driver’s licenses of people with unpaid court fines and costs. The measure passed Jan. 25 with broad bipartisan support but may stall in the GOP-controlled House. The proposal ...

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Justice McClanahan to retire in September (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan is retiring effective Sept. 1. She disclosed her plan in a Jan. 24 letter to Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons. McClanahan, 59, will have been on the high court for eight years by ...

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Senator pitches sister for possible Supreme Court opening (access required)

Southwest Virginia’s Sen. Ben Chafin is urging fellow Republicans to move his sister – Judge Teresa Chafin – from the Court of Appeals to an anticipated vacancy on the state Supreme Court, sources tell the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The paper said ...

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Driver charged in GOP train crash challenging evidence

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A lawyer for a garbage truck driver charged in a deadly 2018 crash with a train carrying Republican lawmakers is challenging evidence collected by police in Virginia. William Tanner, an attorney for Dana William Naylor Jr., filed a ...

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Legislators pass bills allowing happy hour advertising

(AP) Restaurants in Virginia would have greater freedom to advertise happy hour drink specials under legislation that passed both chambers of the General Assembly. The House of Delegates and Senate each passed bills Jan. 23 that would allow Virginia restaurants ...

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Lawyer accepts 2-year suspension for litigation lapses (access required)

A Fairfax lawyer has agreed to a two-year license suspension for undermining his clients’ case in a residential renovation contract dispute. The suspension of John Patrick Bond by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board follows a public reprimand in 2013 ...

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Court picks redistricting plan that helps Democrats

(AP) A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia’s House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party gain control in this year’s election. The judges ordered a new map in ...

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Disbarred lawyer seeks reinstatement (access required)

A Richmond educator who surrendered her law license 15 years ago in the face of financial lapses in her real estate practice is asking to practice again. The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board will hear the reinstatement petition of Ann ...

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