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Man beaten at Charlottesville rally not guilty of assault

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A black man who was severely beaten the day of a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and then charged with misdemeanor assault in the same incident was found not guilty March 16. A Charlottesville judge acquitted 20-year-old ...

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Developers seek more time for pipeline tree clearing

(AP) Developers of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline have asked federal regulators for more time to cut down trees along the project’s route, saying they likely can’t finish the work under an initial deadline designed to protect birds and bats. ...

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McConnell receives family law achievement award (access required)

Fairfax County attorney J. Patrick McConnell has been named the 2018 winner of the Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section. The award by the section’s board of governors recognizes attorneys who have made ...

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Ballou endorsed for U.S. district judgeship (access required)

At a March 13 meeting,  the Roanoke Bar Association endorsed Roanoke U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert S. Ballou as a candidate for nomination to fill the vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. The vacancy was ...

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Company: Investigation at plant may be related to emissions

HOPEWELL (AP) The owner of a Virginia chemical plant under investigation by state and federal authorities said Wednesday the probe appears to be related to the facility’s air emissions and compliance with a 2013 environmental settlement. AdvanSix made the comments ...

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City, county sue drugmakers over opioid crisis

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Two local governments in Virginia are filing civil lawsuits against drug manufacturers seeking to recover money spent fighting the nation’s opioid crisis. The city of Alexandria in northern Virginia and Dickenson County in southwest Virginia filed the lawsuits ...

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Charlottesville car attack witness sues Alex Jones, others

(AP) A former State Department official who became the target of harassment after posting a video showing the car attack during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville sued right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and others Tuesday. Brennan Gilmore, who attended ...

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Northam sets special session on state budget

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam is calling state lawmakers back to work next month to pass a state budget. Northam, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he’s calling a special session on April 11. The move comes after lawmakers adjourned the regular ...

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Judge declines to dismiss charge against Rose McGowan

LEESBURG (AP) A judge has refused to dismiss a drug-possession charge against actress Rose McGowan after prosecutors said they have additional evidence to bring forward. McGowan’s lawyers have suggested the drugs may have been planted by agents hired by disgraced ...

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Ex-doctor gets 50 years for murder in rare ‘no body’ case

(AP) A former Richmond-area doctor convicted of murder in the death of his girlfriend, whose body has not been found, has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Judge David E. Johnson handed down a jury’s recommended punishment for Dr. ...

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