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Assembly approves sale of 151-proof liquor

(AP) The General Assembly has given final approval to a bill that would allow the sale of 151-proof liquor in Virginia — a choice available in almost all other states, but one some fear could increase binge drinking and other ...

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Legislators designate Suicide Prevention Week

(AP) Joshua Alburger grew up in a large, supportive family in Goochland, says his sister, Marcie Allen. “We were nurtured, loved, respected and made to feel safe.” Their parents had five children of their own while raising an additional five, ...

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Mullen to manage Reed Smith Richmond office (access required)

Reed Smith LLP says Edward A. Mullen is the firm’s new Richmond office managing partner. Mullen succeeds S. Miles Dumville, who served in the role since 2013 and will continue his active commercial litigation practice, the firm said. A graduate ...

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Garrett wants to name Charlottesville court after Scalia

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A Virginia Republican congressman wants to name the Charlottesville federal courthouse after the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The Daily Progress reports that the bill to call the Charlottesville court the Justice Antonin G. Scalia Federal Building ...

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Lawmakers still grappling with ethics law

(AP) The General Assembly is set to adjust the state’s ethics laws for the fourth straight year, as Virginia lawmakers continue struggling over what kind of gifts they can take from lobbyists and special interests. This year’s efforts include clarifying ...

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Threshold for felony theft remains at $200

(AP) Virginia House Republicans have rejected an effort by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to raise the felony theft threshold from $200 to $500. A GOP-controlled House panel killed the legislation Wednesday, which the Democratic governor had made one of his top ...

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Identity theft measure is approved

(AP) A bill that seeks to protect Virginians from losing their income tax refunds to identity thieves won final approval Wednesday in the General Assembly. The bill’s sponsor, Del. Mark Keam, D-Vienna, said thieves can steal information from the payroll ...

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Workers’ comp lawyers organize (access required)

Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers are organized like never before. The fledgling Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court, founded just three years ago with a handful of lawyers, has burgeoned in size and is giving birth to a new study ...

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Northern Virginia lawyer convicted of fraud (access required)

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A Kentucky federal jury last week convicted a Vienna attorney of fraud in connection with a promised green technology project in a job-hungry community. Daniel R. Goodwin allegedly controlled an escrow account where money belonging to a participating contractor disappeared. ...

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State revenues surge, but too late to aid budget

RICHMOND (AP) Virginia tax revenues surged last month, but Gov. Terry McAuliffe cautioned against assuming that the state’s recent revenue swoon is over. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports McAuliffe announced Monday that revenues rose 7.4 percent in January over the previous ...

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