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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - A Virginia prosecutor says he will stop assigning his staff to handle misdemeanor criminal offenses and traffic infractions in lower court, citing an understaffed office and the added work from reviewing body camera footage. The misdemeanor cases will still go forward, but will have to be decided by a judge without the direction of a prosecutor

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a rape charge against a Blacksburg man who was accused of sexually assaulting his wife's friend in his own bedroom with his wife sleeping nearby. Judge Marc Long granted a defense motion to throw out the case against Eduardo Ventura-Rios Wednesday _ in the middle of his trial _ saying he questioned the credibility of the prosecution's witnesses

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer has been scheduled to speak at the University of Virginia School of Law. The Daily Progress reports Breyer is set March 1 to discuss his most recent book. The school's website says Breyer will talk about ways American judges can understand and consider foreign events, laws and practices.

MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Bon Secours Health System has announced plans to merge with Cincinnati-based Mercy Health to create the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country. If approved, the merged company would serve patients across seven states, including Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, South Carolina and Florida. Executives at Mercy Health and Bon Secours, based in Maryland, said they expect to complete the merger by the end of the year

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