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Victims’ fund pays out $5.2 million

(AP) A Virginia fund for victims of crime reported paying $5.2 million during the last fiscal year. The new report sent to the governor and lawmakers shows the Virginia Victims Fund’s biggest expense was for funeral expenses, which are capped ...

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Supreme Court upholds bar on electric rate review

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a law temporarily banning state regulators from adjusting a portion of electric rates. The court ruled 6-1 Thursday that the 2015 law was constitutional. A group of large industrial electric customers and advocates ...

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Man sentenced in 1975 girls’ murder case that alarmed region

BEDFORD (AP) It was an innocent time in a safe place, where parents didn’t think twice about letting their kids walk to the local shopping mall. All that changed the day the Lyon sisters disappeared. A sense of security was ...

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Some are running out of options for individual insurance

ROANOKE (AP) About 70,000 people in Virginia could lose the option of buying individual health insurance plans next year. The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that the marketplace for individual insurance is collapsing in the state. Three insurers have announced they plan ...

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Judge Trumbo to retire in January (access required)

Botetourt County Circuit Judge Malfourd “Bo” Trumbo says he will retire at the end of the year. The former state senator tells The Roanoke Times he plans to work as a mediator after stepping down from the bench. Trumbo, 62, ...

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VBA seeks candidates for the Eastern District federal bench

The Virginia Bar Association and other bar groups will participate in the evaluation of candidates for the seat of retiring U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have invited Virginia bar groups to evaluate ...

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Judge arrested in dispute at Walmart (access required)

Fauquier County Circuit Judge Jeffrey W. Parker was arrested and charged with assault and battery after a dispute with a Walmart clerk Sept. 5 in Stafford County. The judge allegedly grabbed the hand of the store employee after she refused ...

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Challenge to government watch list can go forward

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit challenging the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list to go forward. Government lawyers had asked U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria to dismiss the lawsuit, filed in 2016. The plaintiffs, who ...

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Report: Suspect in 1975 sisters’ slaying to plead guilty

BEDFORD (AP) A convicted sex offender accused in the 1975 murders of two young sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall is expected to plead guilty to the crime that has haunted the region for more than four decades. ...

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Raphael returns to Hunton (access required)

Former Virginia solicitor General Stuart A. Raphael is returning to his former law firm’s Washington office. Hunton & Williams LLP has announced that Raphael and West Virginia’s Elbert Lin have joined the firm as partners in the litigation practice in its Washington and Richmond ...

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