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Daily Clip 11/15/13
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Below are newspaper articles from around the Commonwealth that you may find of interest. These materials are to inform you of developments that may affect your business and are not to be considered legal advice. If you have any questions please contact Mike Woods .

 

McDonnell, subject of gifts probe, announces plans to recommend ethics reforms

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said Thursday that he will recommend reforms to the state’s ethics and gift laws in the coming weeks. McDonnell (R) has said before that he has ideas on how to change Virginia law in response…

McAuliffe to divest from Greentech, Franklin Pellets

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe will divest his interest in GreenTech Automotive and Franklin Pellets as part of a move to place his family’s assets into a blind trust for the duration of his term as governor…

McAuliffe announces Transition Committee

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe today named a 53-member bipartisan transition committee. "The challenges we face require leaders who will put old battles aside and find common ground to move us forward together," the Democrat said in a statement…

Three Democrats to try for Northam’s Senate seat

A current state delegate, a former state delegate and a political newcomer will square off Saturday in a last-minute primary for the Democratic nomination for Ralph Northam's Virginia Senate seat…

Ware to resign from House of Delegates, citing mother’s poor health

Del. Onzlee Ware, D-Roanoke, was elected to a sixth term in the House of Delegates last week, but he won’t go to Richmond to serve it. Ware said Thursday that he will resign his seat…

Community fetes longtime Va. Delegate Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson shook hands as he smiled into the faces of those gathered to celebrate his long service to the community. Johnson, 81, served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for nearly 30 years, and will retire at the end of December…

Virginia legislator condemns budgeting process

After four years, state Sen. Ryan T. McDougle, R-Hanover, is still fighting to change Virginia’s budgeting process — a system under which Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell will propose a two-year budget next month…

Lawsuit filed over Bristol bond borrowing

City officials claim a lawsuit challenging its recent bond borrowing is without merit and part of an effort to halt The Falls commercial project. Filed in Circuit Court by…

Part of Virginia Beach Arena proposal made public

The city on Thursday made public part of a proposal to build an 18,000-seat arena near the Oceanfront, but a key element - project financing - was kept confidential. A group led by W.M. Jordan Co.,…

Stadium naming rights sale would lower Squirrels’ rent

If the Richmond Economic Development Authority were to sell naming rights to the proposed Shockoe Bottom baseball stadium, it would cut the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ annual lease payment by $600,000, or almost a third…

E-Cigarettes gain attention in schools amid rise in popularity

When a teacher noticed what looked like smoke rising in her Eastern Middle School classroom one day this fall, she quickly investigated, finding an eighth-grade boy holding an e-cigarette…

Bagged bag tax could make a comeback

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30) is taking another shot at a bag tax, this time by possibly letting local officials decide whether to adopt the levy in the hopes it’ll win over opponents…

State to consider criminalizing sex between adult students and school employees

Virginia could soon join 11 other states that have made consensual sex between an 18-year-old student and a school employee a crime. The Virginia State Crime Commission on Thursday directed…

VRS’ new rates vary widely among employers

The Virginia Retirement System has approved rates that, on average, will reduce the pension contributions that local governments and political subdivisions will make in the next two years…

Henrico School Board accepts Russo’s resignation

The Henrico County School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent Patrick J. Russo on Thursday night but refused to answer questions about what led to Russo being placed on paid leave for nearly 100 days before getting…

Henrico significantly cuts student suspensions

Henrico County has dramatically cut the number of students suspended from its schools, but the percentage of suspensions handed out to black students remains stubbornly high…

Obama Moves to Avert Cancellation of Insurance Policies

President Obama said insurers could temporarily keep people on plans that were to be canceled, seeming for the moment to stem fear of a backlash among Democrats…

Richmond lands $400,000 in EPA grants

To help encourage development of potentially contaminated real estate, the City of Richmond is getting some green from the Environmental Protection Agency…

Comcast to sell films, shows via set-top box

The nation's largest cable TV provider already rents movies and TV shows, but by selling content through set-top boxes, it will expand a market that remains a small fraction of home entertainment spending in the U.S…

Oceaneering International plans Va expansion

A company that provides products and services to the offshore oil and gas industry plans to expand its presence in Chesapeake, creating 70 jobs and retaining more than 460…

NAACP adds plaintiffs to suit over N.C. voter ID law

The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP has added more plaintiffs to its federal lawsuit challenging a sweeping new elections law crafted by Republican lawmakers…

Plans to refurbish Cavalier Hotel move forward

Plans to refurbish the old Cavalier and develop a village of 84 homes on hotel grounds moved forward Wednesday, while some residents voiced concern about how the project would affect parking in their neighborhood…

The silliness of letting juries decide patent cases

 

In a San Jose federal courtroom on Friday the latest skirmish in a seemingly never-ending war over how to punish Samsung for infringing on Apple's smartphone patents will continue to play out…

Possible discrimination in auto financing probed

 

A battle is brewing between the auto industry and the government as regulators move to prevent car dealers from charging women and minorities higher prices…

Tennessee Valley Authority to close 8 coal-fired plants

The Tennessee Valley Authority, one of the nation’s five biggest users of coal for electricity generation, said Thursday it would close down eight coal-fired power units with 3,300 megawatts of capacity…

Rand Paul and Mike Lee tackle prison reform

The federal prison population has more than doubled over the past 20 years, even as crime rates have plunged. Many people think that’s unjust. There is also growing agreement that it is unsafe…

B&W looks for investors for mPower program

Babcock and Wilcox is looking for investors to purchase the majority share in its mPower program, which aims to develop, license and sell small modular reactors…

Backbone of New River Valley's broadband network complete

Some of the masterminds behind the New River Valley’s push toward faster Internet met on Wednesday to brag about their new 186-mile fiber-optic cable that will provide the backbone for the region’s broadband network

Judge: Norfolk company's employees can be paid

 

A Norfolk-based health care company entangled in an alleged $1.3 million Medicaid fraud scheme can again pay its employees, according to court documents…

Lockheed Martin to cut 4,000 jobs due to federal budget cuts

Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs, about 3.5 percent of its workforce, as the defense contractor continues to look for ways to lower costs amid reduced government spending…

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