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Virginia man charged with making up kidnapping story

ABINGDON (AP) After a Virginia man was reported missing, then found hours later on the side of the road, he told police he was kidnapped, drugged and held against his will by members of a motorcycle gang. The FBI says ...

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Homeless jailed frequently under ‘habitual drunkard’ law

(AP) For the past six years, Richard Walls has been in jail more often than not. The longest stretch of time he’s spent outside a cell is 30 days. Walls is not a hardened criminal, but he is what Virginia ...

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Ex-federal prosecutor to be sworn in as US attorney

ROANOKE (AP) A former federal prosecutor will be formally sworn in as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Thomas T. Cullen will be installed Friday during a ceremony at the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke. The event ...

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Court panel approves simpler habeas language (access required)

A judicial policy panel has approved changes to simplify and clarify Virginia’s laws governing the state habeas corpus procedure. The General Assembly could consider the proposed revisions next year. The suggested changes – a project of the Virginia Supreme Court’s ...

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Bar panel splits on bad bookkeeping discipline (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board came down hard on a lawyer who mismanaged his trust account, imposing a 60-day suspension when a bar prosecutor asked for only 30 days. One of the five-member panel even wrote a dissent, contending ...

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Facing lawsuit, more militia groups to avoid Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Three militia groups and their commanding officers who took part in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville have agreed not to return for any coordinated armed activity in the future. A law center representing Charlottesville and other plaintiffs ...

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Court vacates key federal permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

(AP) A federal appellate court vacated a key permit granted to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, saying May 15 that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided no specific limits for the allowable impact on threatened and endangered species. The immediate impact ...

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Judge fines couple who allowed tree-sitters on farm

ROANOKE (AP) A federal judge has found a Virginia couple who own a farm in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in contempt of court after protesters took to trees on their property. U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Dillon ...

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State Senate leader: No shutdown over Medicaid

(AP)  The top Republican in the Virginia Senate pledged Monday that a long-simmering and unresolved fight over Medicaid expansion won’t lead to a state government shutdown. But Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment didn’t say how the dispute will be resolved. ...

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Court rejects appeal from death row inmate

(AP) A federal appeals court panel has upheld the death sentence of a Virginia inmate who ate his cellmate’s breakfast and then strangled him for complaining. In a 2-1 ruling May 8, the panel upheld a district court’s denial of ...

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