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Judge rejects injunction bid by Eastern Shore church (access required)

A federal judge has refused to issue an emergency injunction to allow an Accomack County church to avoid Gov. Ralph Northam’s rules for public gatherings. Not only is the church unlikely to succeed on its claims of unconstitutional interference with ...

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Lawsuit says coronavirus won’t justify absentee voting

(AP) A group of voters is suing Virginia election officials over a loosening of restrictions on absentee ballots for next month’s statewide primary, arguing that the state can’t allow voters to use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to vote by mail. ...

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Issues persist with antiquated state unemployment system

(AP) More than two months after the coronavirus pandemic started forcing Virginia businesses to slash their workforces, the state’s unemployment system still can’t keep up with the unprecedented deluge of calls and emails from laid-off workers needing help. Virginians across ...

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Northam says 30,000 enrolled in Medicaid during pandemic

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam says almost 30,000 adults have enrolled in Virginia’s expanded Medicaid program since he declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Northam said May 20 that more than 420,000 Virginians have enrolled in ...

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Va. Supreme Court rejects gym owner’s request to open

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected an injunction request from a gym owner who is challenging the executive order that has closed his business. Merrill Hall, who owns a chain of Gold’s Gym franchises and other gyms, sued ...

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Ex-prosecutor faces bar charges in plea deal (access required)

A former prosecutor who reportedly claimed that a judge favored a high-profile proposed plea deal is now facing Virginia State Bar ethics charges. A plea hearing in the case arising from the 2017 Northern Neck boating death of banker Graham ...

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Judge: Salvage firm can recover Titanic’s telegraph machine

NORFOLK (AP) A federal judge in Norfolk has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph machine that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic ocean liner. In a May 18 opinion, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach ...

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Maryland, Virginia, D.C. to sue EPA on bay pollution

ANNAPOLIS (AP) Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia have filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to require two other states to implement plans to cut pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, officials said ...

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Spencer to lead W&M law school (access required)

Law professor A. Benjamin Spencer has been selected as dean of the College of William & Mary law school. When he takes office in July, he will be the first African-American dean at the law school, according to a university ...

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Demand for wills has surged, but pandemic is causing issues

NORFOLK (AP) Nothing like a pandemic to make everyone contemplate their mortality. But while demand has surged for last wills and testaments, the virus itself is throwing a hitch in the usual procedures. Creating the ideal will has usually meant ...

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