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Judge orders divestiture in antitrust case (access required)

In a decision designed to restore competition in the marketplace for interior doors, Richmond U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne has ordered a manufacturer to sell a Pennsylvania doorskin plant, the second largest in the world. The Oct. 5 ruling ...

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Deeds settles lawsuit over son’s death for $950k (access required)

A lawsuit over the 2013 death of a state senator’s son that prompted Virginia mental health reforms has been settled for $950,000. Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Warm Springs, was severely wounded in the incident Nov. 19, 2013, when son Austin ...

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Feds: ‘Operation Goodfellas’ breaks up $19M drug ring

NORFOLK (AP) Federal officials say they’ve broken up a $19 million drug ring in Virginia. The U.S. attorney’s office for Virginia’s Eastern District said in a statement Tuesday that they’ve charged five Hampton Roads area men in a trafficking conspiracy ...

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Lawsuit accusing police of unlawful arrest dismissed

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Just days before it was to go to trial, a lawsuit brought by a man who accused police of unlawfully raiding his truck and detaining him against his will has been dismissed. Benjamin Burruss’ 2015 lawsuit was dismissed ...

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Court reporters seek regulation (access required)

Virginia court reporters plan to seek state regulation in the 2019 General Assembly, according to materials submitted to a panel that recommends changes in the law for civil practice. The Virginia Court Reporters Association has hired a lobbyist and drafted ...

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Report: Thousands of offenses weren’t entered into database

(AP) A report shows more than 675,000 offenses have not been entered into Virginia’s main criminal record database because of missing fingerprints. The Virginia State Crime Commission report released Oct. 11 said defendants were found guilty in around 58 percent ...

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Man gets 36-year sentence in killing of trooper

(AP) A Richmond man is set to serve 36 years in prison for the capital murder of a Virginia State Police special agent. Travis Ball, 28, was sentenced Oct. 11 in the fatal shooting of Trooper Michael Walter, news outlets ...

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Father, son charged in death of man who went missing in 2004

(AP) — A father and son have been arrested in the death of a man who disappeared 14 years ago and whose body was found four years ago. Citing a Thursday release from Albemarle County police, The Daily Progress reports that 56-year-old ...

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Golf resort developer sued for environmental issues

(AP) Virginia officials are suing the developer of a luxury golf resort over what they call “significant and repeated environmental violations” in an area known as a major gathering place for bald eagles from up and down the East Coast. ...

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4 indicted on charges stemming from Charlottesville rallies

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A federal grand jury has indicted four California men on conspiracy and rioting charges in connection with a torch-lit march and a rally of white nationalists in Virginia last year. U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen’s office announced the indictment ...

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