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Judge rules against group seeking GMU gift info

FAIRFAX (AP) A Fairfax County circuit judge has ruled against a group seeking details of the Koch Foundation’s gifts to George Mason University. The Koch Foundation has given tens of millions of dollars over the years to GMU, more than any ...

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Caroline County to house adult immigrants in former jail

BOWLING GREEN (AP) Caroline county says it has reached an agreement with the federal government to use a former regional jail to detain immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally. The county said July 3 that the five-year deal involving the facility ...

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Drivers challenge license suspensions for unpaid court debt

(AP) It can start with a couple of traffic tickets. Unable to pay the tickets right away, a driver becomes saddled with late fees, fines and court costs. Soon, the driver may be taken off the road indefinitely. More than ...

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Man convicted in 1994 slaying granted parole

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A  man convicted in the 1994 slaying of a teen has been granted parole. The Daily Press reported July 3 that 48-year-old Nathaniel Dale Pierce is the case’s second defendant to win release. Pierce was sentenced in 1996 to ...

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Lawsuit alleging abuse of immigrant teens to move forward

ROANOKE (AP) Lawyers for immigrant teens who claim they were severely abused inside a Virginia detention center said July 3 they plan to push ahead with a federal civil rights lawsuit even though two of the teens have returned to their ...

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Firefighters’ lawsuit over captain’s exam dismissed

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A lawyer for firefighters suing Virginia Beach over the administration of a captain’s exam says their lawsuit has been dismissed. Attorney Andrea Ruege told news outlets the suit four Virginia Beach firefighters filed over the test was dismissed July 2 ...

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Wrong number results in effort to sell marijuana to cop

FAIRFAX (AP) A mistake worthy of a Cheech and Chong skit has left a man under arrest in Northern Virginia on drug-distribution charges. Fairfax County Police say a man who punched in the wrong number sent a text last week ...

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Newman to chair Comp Commission (access required)

Commissioner R. Ferrell Newman has been elected to a three-year term as Chairman of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, effective July 1. He succeeds Commissioner Wesley G. Marshall, whose term ended June 30. Newman, Marshall and Commissioner Robert A. Rapaport ...

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Woman ordered to pay $5 for cursing at rally organizer

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A judge has ordered a woman to pay $5 for yelling curses at the organizer of last year’s deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia. The Daily Progress reports that Jason Kessler sued activist Donna Gasapo for $500 yelling at him ...

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Herring to appeal DC sniper resentencing

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general said he’ll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if Washington, D.C., sniper Lee Boyd Malvo should get a new sentencing hearing. Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement June 29 that Malvo’s resentencing should ...

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