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Roanoke renames courthouse to honor civil rights leader

ROANOKE (AP) Roanoke has officially renamed the city’s courthouse after civil rights leader Oliver Hill. More than 100 people attended a naming ceremony May 1 at the now-named Oliver W. Hill Justice Center, The Roanoke Times reported. Hill spent much of ...

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Ex-CIA officer admits to espionage conspiracy with China

ALEXANDRIA (AP) An ex-CIA officer pleaded guilty May 1 to conspiring with China to commit espionage after receiving a promise from his Chinese handlers that he would be financially set for life. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 54, admitted as part ...

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Northam pledges to block mandatory minimum bills

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam says he will no longer sign any legislation that imposes new mandatory minimum sentence requirements, a pledge he said was part of his efforts to make Virginia more equitable for communities of color. Northam said in a ...

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Gentry Locke announces firm leadership for 2019 (access required)

Gentry Locke has announced the selection of its 2019 management committee. Matthew W. Broughton, W. William Gust, Guy M. Harbert, K. Brett Marston and Maxwell H. Wiegard will serve as members alongside managing partner Monica Taylor Monday. The committee oversees ...

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Richmond J&DR court to host Oliver Hill Day celebration (access required)

For the 22nd year in a row, the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court will host an event honoring the memory of local attorney and civil rights icon Oliver White Hill Sr. Hill is best known for his role in ...

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Defamation lawsuit filed against Wilder dropped

(AP) A legal fight between former Gov. Douglas Wilder and a former dean at Virginia Commonwealth University is over. John Accordino dropped a lawsuit against Wilder on April 30, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The former dean at VCU’s school of government and ...

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Inmate says prison is mismanaging medication

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) An inmate at a Virginia women’s prison is alleging that the state Department of Corrections has put her life at risk by mismanaging her medication. Lawyers for Margie Ryder say she’s had repeated emergency hospitalizations due to the ...

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Judge: Charlottesville Confederate statues are protected

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A circuit judge has ruled that Charlottesville’s Confederate statues are war monuments protected by state law. Judge Richard Moore’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed against Charlottesville City Council members who voted in 2017 to remove a statue ...

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Man pleads guilty to riot conspiracy in Charlottesville rally

(AP) A member of a white supremacist group pleaded guilty April 29 to conspiring to riot at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and at other demonstrations in California. Thomas Walter Gillen, 25, of Redondo Beach, California, became the second ...

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George Mason tightens donor rules after uproar over Koch

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Following an uproar over revelations that Virginia’s largest university allowed the conservative Charles Koch Foundation to give input in some personnel decisions, the school is tightening its rules governing agreements with donors to ensure they don’t infringe ...

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