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Manafort stoic as 8 guilty verdicts arrived

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Paul Manafort stood stoic and unblinking, his hands clasped in front of him, as a court clerk read off eight guilty counts against him — a list of offenses that could send President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman ...

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Regulators resolute on pipeline water permits

(AP) A state regulatory panel has declined calls from environmental groups, landowners and others to reconsider important water-quality permits for two natural gas pipelines. The State Water Control Board met Aug. 21 in Richmond to consider public comments it solicited ...

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Bar pays $103K to victims of dishonest lawyers (access required)

The Virginia State Bar paid $103,130.58 in the past fiscal year to 27 clients who lost money to dishonest lawyers, according to a year-end report from the Clients’ Protection Fund Board. It’s the lowest annual total in 11 years, according ...

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Flint water researcher’s defamation lawsuit challenged

ROANOKE (AP) A Flint, Michigan, resident is among those embroiled in a legal battle over a letter criticizing a Virginia Tech professor who helped expose the city’s water crisis. Flint resident Melissa Mays and the Campaign for Lead Free Water’s ...

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Northam sets special session to redraw legislative districts

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has scheduled a special session of the General Assembly so lawmakers can comply with a court order to redraw the state’s legislative map. The governor announced Aug. 20 that he had signed a proclamation calling lawmakers back to ...

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Evans takes helm at VACA (access required)

Smyth County Commonwealth’s Attorney Roy F. Evans is the new president of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys. Evans was inducted at the group’s 79th Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach. He succeeds Greensville County Commonwealth’s Attorney Patricia T. Watson. Other ...

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Author James Forman to talk about racism

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Forman Jr. will visit Charlottesville next month to give a talk about racism. “Claiming Your Power: American Racism, the Alt-Right, and Radical Resistance” is the title of the lecture by Forman, a Yale law ...

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Manafort judge says he fears for jurors’ safety

ALEXANDRIA (AP) The judge in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial says he has received threats and he fears for the “peace and safety” of the jurors deciding the fate of the former Trump campaign chairman. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis ...

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State asks high court to hear appeal on sniper sentencing

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the state’s appeal of a ruling granting new sentencing hearings for the man serving life terms for the sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region when he ...

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Jail’s ex-superintendent faces federal charges

LEXINGTON (AP) A Virginia jail’s former superintendent and head nurse are facing federal charges. The federal indictment unsealed Aug. 16 alleges that 61-year-old John Higgins violated inmates’ civil rights, media outlets reported. It’s alleged he failed to protect inmates at Rockbridge Regional ...

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