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State bans large gatherings, closes some public offices

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam on Sunday banned all public gatherings of more than 100 people statewide and ordered a two-week shutdown of municipal offices in an area of southeast Virginia that has been hit by a cluster of coronavirus cases, ...

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Virus update: Jury trials on hold in some courts

Virus precautions are slowing court systems in Virginia. In the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, nearly all jury proceedings have been postponed through April 17, according to a March 13 order. A similar hiatus for civil ...

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Dominion settles over alleged environmental violations

(AP) Dominion Energy will pay $1.4 million to the state of Virginia and the United States as part of a settlement to address alleged violations that involved coal ash and groundwater seepage. Coal ash is heavy metal-laden waste leftover from ...

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Ex-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning freed from jail

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A federal judge on March 12 ordered the release of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, ending roughly a year of incarceration that she had served for refusing to testify to a grand jury. U.S. District Judge Anthony ...

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VTLA opts for online convention, federal courts make changes

The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association has ditched plans for its annual in-person convention at The Greenbrier hotel in West Virginia because of the new coronavirus. Instead, the VTLA will hold a “Virtual Convention” on March 26-27, with online sessions only, ...

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Assembly leaves Court of Appeals seat unfilled (access required)

The General Assembly ended its regular session March 12 by electing four additional trial court judges but ignoring a vacancy on the Court of Appeals. A March 12 resolution listing offices to be filled by legislative elections omitted the seat ...

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Ex-deputy acquitted of sexually abusing inmate

CHESAPEAKE (AP) A former Chesapeake sheriff’s deputy who appealed his conviction on a charge of sexually abusing a woman in a courthouse holding cell has been cleared of wrongdoing. Timothy Burnside worked for the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office for 17 years ...

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No charges planned in jail death of Radford student

DUBLIN (AP) Police in Virginia say no charges will be filed in the death of an 18-year-old Radford University student who was found unresponsive in his cell at the New River Valley Regional Jail. In a March 10 news release, ...

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Sniper Lee Malvo marries while serving life in prison

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Lee Boyd Malvo, who is serving life in prison for his role in the 2002 sniper spree that terrorized the nation’s capital region, is now a married man. Carmeta Albarus, who has served as an adviser and ...

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Lawyer’s expense padding brings 4-year suspension (access required)

A Washington attorney accused of charging $30,000 in personal expenses to her law firm has given up her Virginia law license for four years. Her alleged dishonesty was exposed by her social media posts, according to a stipulation. Azadeh S. ...

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