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Virginia immigration jail lawsuit resolved with settlement (access required)

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Federal authorities on July 6 reached a settlement with immigration advocates that restricts the use of a privately run detention center in Virginia that saw a massive coronavirus outbreak two years ago. The settlement in federal court in ...

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Police: July 4 mass shooting thwarted in Virginia’s capital (access required)

(AP) Police in Richmond, Virginia, said July 6 that they thwarted a planned July 4 mass shooting after receiving a tip that led to the arrest of two men and the seizure of multiple guns — an announcement that came ...

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Judge OKs transfer plan for beagles from troubled facility (access required)

CUMBERLAND (AP) A federal judge on July 5 approved a plan that calls for transferring about 4,000 dogs currently housed at a troubled Virginia breeding facility to shelters where they can be adopted, according to court records. The development came ...

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Virginia law stops early inmate releases, angering families (access required)

(AP) Christopher Ford was a baby when his father was sentenced to 28 years in prison for participating in a murder-for-hire scheme that led to the killings of two people at a car dealership. After serving 25 years, prison officials ...

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High court marshal seeks enforcement of anti-picketing laws (access required)

(AP) The marshal of the U.S. Supreme Court has asked Maryland and Virginia officials to enforce laws she says prohibit picketing outside the homes of the justices who live in the two states. “For weeks on end, large groups of protesters ...

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State Bar pays nearly $80K to former clients (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Clients’ Protection Fund Board authorized reimbursements totaling $79,871.40 on 12 petitions at a recent meeting. The largest approved payment was for $35,837.50 for unearned attorney’s fees in a criminal case. While the board had previously approved ...

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Lawsuits target Virginia school board sex-assault response (access required)

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A pair of lawsuits that for years has plagued Virginia’s largest school system with allegations that it ignored students’ accusations of sex assaults are back in front of federal judges. One of the lawsuits includes allegations of ...

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Judge makes jury’s $10.3M award official in Depp-Heard trial (access required)

ALEXANDRIA (AP) The judge in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial made a jury’s award official June 24 with a written order for Heard to pay Depp $10.35 million for damaging his reputation by describing herself as a domestic abuse victim ...

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Youngkin to seek legislation on abortion (access required)

(AP) Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said June 24 that he will seek legislation to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy in comments shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The Republican told The Washington Post ...

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