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Daily Clip 11/26/13
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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 .

 

Va. Board certifies Mark Herring as winner by 165

State Sen. Mark R. Herring was certified the winner of a razor-thin attorney general’s race this morning after the Virginia State Board of Elections concluded its own canvass of the Nov. 5 statewide election…

Mark Obenshain weighs recount in Virginia Attorney General race

The Virginia State Board of Elections certified Democrat Mark Herring’s 165-vote lead in the attorney general race on Monday, clearing the way for Republican Mark Obenshain to ask for a recount…

Lt. Gov.-elect Northam assembles transition team, staff

Lt. Gov.-elect Northam assembles transition team, staff Virginia Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph Northam Monday announced the hiring of two senior staff members and named five people to co-chair his transition team, a list that includes a former lieutenant governor and two current state senators…

Wexton wins Democratic Primary for 33rd District Senate seat

Leesburg Attorney Jennifer Wexton today won the Democratic firehouse primary for the 33rd District Virginia Senate seat. Just over 1,100 voters participated in today’s election, which took place at…

Another Leesburg attorney enters race to replace Herring in 33rd Senate district

While the Democrats have already moved forward with a firehouse primary to choose a candidate to for Virginia’s 33rd Senate District, Republican John Whitbeck waited until…

District 11 race could transform Roanoke City Council

And you thought the election season ended Nov. 5. But days after the last ballots were cast, Democrat Onzlee Ware announced he would resign before beginning his sixth term representing the House of Delegates 11th District in…

Cuccinelli pondering run against Warner?

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and state Sen. Jeff McWaters, R-Virginia Beach, reportedly are considering a run against U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., next year, but Gov. Bob McDonnell says to count him out…

McDonnell to move cautiously on budget

Gov. Bob McDonnell said the two-year budget he’ll present in December is going to be a cautious one, as economic advisers tell him that the federal government’s unpredictability will help dampen economic and job growth in Virginia…

Va. Senators hope for plan to delay some Defense cuts

Virginia's two U.S. senators predicted Monday that a committee attempting to reach a budget deal and avoid another government shutdown may be able to provide relief from some automatic defense cuts - but not all of them…

Report: Deeds expresses anger at State Agency that failed son, vows fight for change

Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, who is recuperating at home after his son stabbed him before taking his own life last week, blamed a local mental-health agency for the tragedy in an interview with a Bath County newspaper Monday…

McAuliffe names Aubrey Layne Transportation chief

 

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe on Friday named a Virginia Beach resident steeped in the region’s traffic woes to be his secretary of transportation. McAuliffe (D) revealed his selection of Aubrey Layne…

Senator: Transportation projects to stay on the radar

Transportation projects that are important to the Lynchburg area won’t fall off the radar under a new administration in Richmond, state Sen. Steve Newman, R-Lynchburg, said last week…

Road bill in Cline’s sights

With the 2014 General As­sembly just around the corner, one of the first bills introduced seeks to undo what many considered the greatest accomplishment of the 2013 session. Del. Ben Cline…

Panel to seek action against cigarette trafficking

The Virginia State Crime Commission is drafting legislation aimed at illegal cigarette trafficking following a closed briefing from law enforcement agencies this month. The commission chairman…

Henry County Mega Park funding clears committee

Two projects in Henry County got recommendation from a Virginia Tobacco Commission subcommittee. The Virginia Tobacco Commission’s Special Projects-Mega Sites Committee recommended commission approval for…

Rosenbalm received $269,000 severance deal

Former BVU Authority CEO Wes Rosenbalm was paid $269,420 severance, following his sudden resignation in September. The authority released that information this afternoon…

Norfolk’s shoddy audio gear puts strain on crime cases

A recent murder case resurrected a recurring problem plaguing the Police Department: shoddy audio equipment. During the weeklong trial of Hassan Harvey, a police recording of Harvey was so bad that a transcript was laced…

VCU Health System Board considering Children’s Hospital report

A panel studying the VCU Health System’s proposal to build a children’s hospital presented its findings to the health system board this week, but the board took no action and is not releasing the report…

State jobless rate at 5.6 percent in September and October

Virginia’s unemployment rate stood at 5.6 percent in September and in October, down from 5.8 percent in August, the Virginia Employment Commission reported Friday…

Coal's impact on region’s health part of research study

Does living near coal mining affect a person's health? What role does location play in one's overall well-being? And what can be done to address health issues faced by Southwest Virginia residents? Those questions, and others, are at the heart of

McDonnell hints at future in higher ed

With a federal public corruption probe still hovering over him as his term as Virginia governor comes to a close, Bob McDonnell hinted at a possible future for himself in higher education – or perhaps even working…

Counties say Richmond didn’t ask for help on ballpark

When Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones proposed a new ballpark for the Flying Squirrels in Shockoe Bottom, he said the city was moving ahead alone because Chesterfield and Henrico counties were unwilling to help…

Funding details yet to materialize for Shockoe Slavery sites

Richmond officials have laid out how the financing would work for the Shockoe Bottom baseball stadium and the mixed-use development next to it, but the source of roughly $30 million needed to complete the accompanying black history projects...

New Hanover Courthouse considered

For several years, county officials have said a new courthouse is needed. But plans to begin construction on a new facility in 2010 were halted because of the struggling economy…

Beach falls short of minorities getting 10% of contracts

The city has fallen short of its target to contract with more minority-owned businesses, despite years of efforts. Minority contractors did 5 percent of the city's contract work in 2013 - half of the goal, according to a city report…

Henrico meals tax may begin May 1

The county said Monday that it expects to send an ordinance to the Board of Supervisors and hold a public hearing in the coming weeks on implementation of the 4 percent tax, which Henrico voters approved this month…

City vote is victory for Stony Point project

An Atlanta-based developer is another step closer to a breaking ground on an eight-figure apartment project in Richmond…

In wake of embezzlement, liquidation looms

A local insurance company that has been under state control for the past two years could be headed for liquidation. The state’s Bureau of Insurance has asked for a hearing to declare Southern Title Insurance Corp., a Richmond-based title insurer that was hit hard by…

Tentative buyer found for landmark Natural Bridge

Roanoke-based Woltz & Associates says it has reached a tentative agreement with a nonprofit conservation organization to buy the privately owned Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County…

Wal-Mart picks longtime executive as CEO

Wal-Mart named company veteran Doug McMillon chief executive Monday, changing top leadership as it faces new scrutiny for its treatment of employees and increasing pressure to boost sales…

Law Firm Mergers Hit Record High, With a Big Month to Come

Merger mania continues in the legal sector with Friday’s announcement that Cleveland-based Baker & Hostetler is combining with Woodcock Washburn of Philadelphia. The news brings the number of law firm merger announcements…

Spotsylvania’s rapid growth is an issue

Another large subdivision is up for approval in Spotsylvania County this week, even as decision-makers wrestle with the overall impact of previously approved projects…

Small business tax breaks to expire at year’s end

Fifty-five federal tax breaks are scheduled to expire at the end of the year. Usually, many of these expiring tax provisions are extended at the last minute, but this year is shaping up to be different…

Report: DOD looking into closing all commissaries

The Pentagon is looking into the possibility of closing stateside commissaries as a cost-saving measure, Military Times reported Friday…

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