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Daily Clip 12/3/13
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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, sidelined in Governor’s race, to appear at fundraiser for State Sen. McWaters

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, who kept a low profile during the governor’s race because of an ethics scandal, will appear at a fundraiser this week for state Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters. McDonnell (R) is the subject of state and federal investigations…

Judge with Obenshain family ties recuses self from recount in Va. Attorney General race

The Richmond judge who would normally preside over the recount in the tight Virginia attorney general race has recused himself, possibly because of his close ties to the family of state Sen. Mark Obenshain…

Elections officials say some equipment may be outdated

State elections officials expressed concern today that some of the voting equipment used in November balloting may be outdated and does not meet requirements under state law…

Delegate May announces run for Herring’s Senate seat

Del. Joe T. May, R-Loudoun, today announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for the state Senate seat of Mark R. Herring, the Democrat who leads the contest for attorney general…

Roanoke City Sheriff to run for Ware’s seat

Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson has been named the Republican nominee in a Jan. 7 special election for the seat of retiring Del. Onzlee Ware, D-Roanoke…

Voter registration by Party affiliation proposed for Virginia

Del. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Prince William, wants voters to be able to register by political party. He has proposed a bill that would add party affiliation to the information people are asked to provide when registering…

Legislation proposing higher Virginia minimum wage is offered

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, D-Henrico, has proposed increasing Virginia’s minimum wage from the federal level of $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour, beginning next year. It’s the first time since 2007 a state legislator has…

Crime Commission backs laws to fight illegal cigarette trafficking

Legislation focused on battling cigarette trafficking from Virginia to high-tax states was endorsed by the Virginia State Crime Commission on Monday. Also, the commission staff…

Remember when Va. lawmakers urged Md. to keep casinos off the Potomac?

"Forty-nine states will have [casino gambling] before we get it,” Richard L. Saslaw, the Virginia Senate’s Democratic leader, told me. When I questioned his math…

Bill seeks to repeal possible gas-tax hike

Manassas Republican Del. Bob Marshall is not known for shying away from quixotic battles. But in the case of the 2013 transportation funding reform bill, Marshall is aiming to eliminate not the entire package…

Supreme Court declines case on making online retailers collect sales taxes

On one of the busiest online-shopping days of the year, the Supreme Court declined Monday to get involved in state efforts to force Web retailers such as Amazon.com to collect sales tax from customers even in places where the companies…

Reversion referendum is at issue

A Martinsville City Council member’s request that a state senator introduce legislation that would require the city to put the reversion proposal to a vote is being resisted by Mayor Kim Adkins. Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Glade Hill, said Monday he is…

Va. Beach wins State award for minority business

The city has won a state award for its efforts to improve contracting for small businesses and those owned by minorities or women. Virginia Beach is the first city to win the Governor's 2013 Supplier Diversity Award…

ACCESSUVA changes risk leaving low-income students in the dust

Not much fuss was made in the lead up to Aug. 3, 2013, when members of the Board of Visitors voted to make changes to AccessUVa, the University’s financial aid program…

Richard Bland College signs transfer pact

The public two-year Richard Bland College signed a transfer agreement Monday guaranteeing its graduates admission as juniors to a group of Virginia’s private four-year schools…

Lawmakers, activists seek reduced sentence for teen

Calling the punishment excessive and unconscionable, state lawmakers and civil rights activists are demanding a new, reduced sentence for a Norfolk teen who was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to more than…

Red-light cameras: A snapshot of a privacy, safety debates

As Richmond police roll out the city’s new "photo red” program, some skeptics are raising privacy concerns and questioning the effectiveness, fairness and motives of such programs…

Amtrak Station officially opens in Norfolk

The amenities caught up with the city's Amtrak service on Monday with the opening of its $3.75 million train station. Daily trips between Norfolk and Washington started last December, 10 months earlier than expected and the first time in 35 years…

Officials enthusiastic about wind power possibilities

With the future of military spending uncertain, environmental, business and political groups rallied on Monday around an industry they think could fill any future economic void: wind power…

High Court ends Liberty University lawsuit over Health law

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear Liberty University’s argument against the federal health care law. The court declined to review the case, and did not comment on it…

EVMS lands big award for AIDS research

A federal agency announced Monday that an Eastern Virginia Medical School program will receive $80 million in government funding to research products that reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS in developing countries…

Doughnut shops ready to run again

Shuttered since September as a result of a legal battle, four local Dunkin’ Donuts shops are reopening under new management…

N.C. brewery taps Richmond for growth

A fast-growing North Carolina brewery is pouring into the Richmond market. Foothills Brewing Company of Winston-Salem, N.C., has signed a distribution agreement with locally based Loveland Distributing, and its beers will be available in Richmond starting in January…

Virginia Beach firm buys Midlothian office park, plans updates

Ingenuity Development LLC, an affiliate of Virginia Beach-based Divaris Real Estate Inc., bought the 65,000-square-foot complex off Midlothian Turnpike west of the Powhite Parkway in November…

FDIC seeks $11.9M from former director of failed bank

Norfolk lawyer Richard Tavss, a former director and chairman of Bank of the Commonwealth, is accused in a lawsuit of gross negligence and conflicts of interest in handling loans to several of the bank's troubled borrowers…

$100M Tysons office building to anchor Arbor Row

American Real Estate Partners and The Association for Manufacturing Technology will jointly develop a 10-story $100 million office tower in Tysons…

Va.'s top 20 farm products range from hogs to hay

Chicken and cattle were No. 1 and No. 2 among Virginia's top 20 agricultural products in 2012. Soybeans moved up from the number six spot in 2011 to eighth in 2012, reflecting a big increase in receipts. Soybeans had cash receipts totaling $216 million in 2011 and $302 million last year...

Italian company leads plan for ethanol plant in N.C.

A long-anticipated $200 million ethanol plant that will turn grasses grown on North Carolina hog farms into motor fuel will go ahead, Gov. Pat McCrory’s office said Monday...

Bugs plague HealthCare.gov enrollment

Computer-generated errors mean that about one-third of people who signed up for policies may not have the coverage they expected, according to government and health-care industry sources...

Farm bill talks continue with deadline looming

House and Senate negotiators plan to meet again this week in hopes of finishing another complicated piece of legislation before a critical, fast-approaching deadline...

New FCC chairman vows to promote competition

The new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission vowed Monday to promote competition in the telecommunications industry, noting the need to ensure that small wireless carriers have a chance to compete in the highly anticipated auction of public airwaves next year...

Cabela's pad delivered ahead of schedule

A building pad for Cabela’s at The Falls commercial center was delivered ahead of schedule, a city official said Monday…

Wild hogs are going hog wild, and that's bad

Feral pigs are a growing problem in Virginia, with an estimated population of up to 3,000. With no natural predator, a pig population can triple in just over a year...

Work to resume soon at shopping center site, owner says

The deserted construction site that is to become a combination Imax theater, bowling alley and restaurant on Blacksburg’s South Main Street will soon be swarming with workers again…

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Single Stitch Tops $500

In a medical system notorious for opaque finances and inflated bills, nothing is more convoluted than hospital pricing, economists say...

Mercedes Set to Grab U.S. Luxury-Car Sales Crown

For the past two years, BMW has reigned as the top-selling luxury-car maker in the U.S. with Daimler's Mercedes-Benz a close second. This year, Mercedes…

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