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Daily Clip 12/6/13
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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 says he won’t return to practicing law

Reflecting on his four years in office, Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday recounted the successes of his administration, from budget surpluses to restoration of rights reforms and much-needed fixes to Virginia’s pension and transportation systems…

Support growing for ethics legislation

Fredericksburg-area legislators say they’ll back ethics reform legislation in the upcoming General Assembly session, but they doubt bills will include strict limits on gifts to lawmakers…

Northam makes Jan. 11 his final day in State Senate

Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph Northam will resign his Norfolk-based state Senate seat at the last possible minute, just prior to his Jan. 11 inauguration, timing it so Senate Democrats won't be short-handed in the opening days of the upcoming…

Bedford Judge for re-appointment by General Assembly

Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike likely will be questioned by General Assembly members next week about his courtroom manner toward a lawyer in a 2009 case, lawmakers say…

James City recount hints at smooth process, little change in Virginia Attorney General race

The one team of Virginia election officials to have done a recount of November's results — the crew in James City County — may have good news for the panel of judges overseeing this month's recount…

Va. Senate Democratic leader: GOP to nominate ‘carbon copy’ of Cuccinelli in 33rd

The Virginia Senate's Democratic leader, Dick Saslaw, said Wednesday that local Republicans will nominate a "carbon copy” of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for the upcoming 33rd Senate District special election…

Governor McDonnell supporting Octavia Johnson in special election

Governor Bob McDonnell is throwing his support behind Octavia Johnson in the special election for the 11th District seat. The Republican Party announced Johnson as its nominee earlier this week…

Virginia speeds mental health reforms

Key reforms called for in a 2012 report critical of Virginia’s mental health system finally will be implemented in 2014, officials said in a report drafted after a high-profile case in which the son of a…

VRS to study plan to manage outside investment funds

The Virginia Retirement System won’t ask the General Assembly next month for permission to manage investments for other public and potentially private funds, but the idea is far from dead…

Hurt’s bill for small businesses passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday to loosen restrictions on investments made to small businesses by private equity firms…

House passes Goodlatte bill targeting ‘patent trolls’

The House of Representatives today passed U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s bill to curb abusive patent lawsuits by so-called "patent trolls.” Goodlatte’s "Innovation Act” (H.R. 3309) targets patent-holding entities that file frivolous infringement lawsuits…

Local jobless rate rose to 5.8 percent in October

The Richmond area’s unemployment rate rose slightly in October after declining from August to September, with the federal government shutdown in October likely having an impact…

Anheuser-Busch to invest $10 million in Williamsburg Brewery

Anheuser-Busch announced Thursday that it will invest an additional $10 million in its Williamsburg brewery. That brings investment in the facility since 2011 to $39 million...

Cap on out-of-state students gains momentum in Virginia

Now, a proposal to cap out-of-state admissions to Virginia public universities is gaining momentum locally…

VCU spending for athletes outpaces academic spending for students

A national report shows athletic spending for athletes has far outpaced academic spending for full-time students at Virginia Commonwealth University in recent years, while at the University of Virginia, the opposite has occurred…

ODU approves campus plan, new football stadium

The Old Dominion University Board of Visitors approved a campus master plan Thursday that calls for the school to double its classroom, research and student support space over 20 years but stay within its 250-acre footprint…

New Virginia Tech President to be announced Friday

Virginia Tech's next president is scheduled to be announced after a board of visitors meeting set for 1 p.m. Friday in Blacksburg. The board will meet at the Holtzman Alumni Center at the Inn at Virginia Tech…

Mayor faces tough questioning at town hall on Ballpark

It was more hardball than softball Thursday night when Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones took questions on his proposal for a Shockoe Bottom baseball stadium at one of the first of many public forums scheduled throughout the city…

Chesterfield tax increase looking more likely

Higher property taxes in Chesterfield County appear inevitable to some members of an appointed group that helps the Board of Supervisors evaluate the yearly budget...

Loudoun County coughs up nearly $10 million for new records system

Loudoun's Board of Supervisors approved Wednesday night a nearly $10 million expenditure that includes hiring several new technology positions to implement and manage a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) management system that will keep track of…

Marketplace likely to replace Williamsburg Outlet Mall

A marketplace is expected to replace the Williamsburg Outlet Mall, which is closing at the end of the month. Williamsburg Retail Investors LLC has submitted plans to the James City County ...

N.C. among states seeking Boeing 777X jobs

With Boeing the king of U.S. aircraft manufacturing, more than a dozen states are groveling before the throne for a share of the riches to be made from the next-generation 777 jetliner…

Manchester linchpin snaps into place

With an almost $10 million deal sealed, a big-time Southside development is taking shape. Thalhimer Realty Partners closed Wednesday on its purchase of Manchester’s former Reynolds South plant with plans to build about 260 apartments and, eventually, a mixed-use development with office and retail components....

High court set to rule on Brandermill Inn

An assisted-living facility could take the place of the Brandermill Inn and Conference Center on a bluff overlooking Swift Creek Reservoir, but efforts to get the derelict hotel sold and demolished will have to wait for…

Berglund Automotive purchases Crossroads dealerships

Berglund Automotive Group recently purchased Crossroads Automotive Group locations in Roanoke and Lynchburg, expanding its luxury vehicle brands. Berglund now plans to add 50 more employees…

Fort Monroe in line for Va. funding

The Hampton landmark on the Chesapeake Bay is in line for $6.7 million in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 and more than $700,000 in supplemental funding in fiscal year 2014…

US OKs offshore wind-testing lease to Va.'s DMME

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has taken a big step in its quest to collect data off the coast ahead of wind turbine development in Atlantic waters…

23andMe halts health-related genetic reports

The Google-backed genetics company 23andMe will no longer be providing personalized health analyses to consumers based on their DNA samples in an effort to comply with a federal safety warning…

In Maryland, A Potential Future For Cleaner Coal

Located in the middle of a small town, about as far west in Maryland as you can get, one power plant – and the technology inside it – could represent the future of coal power in America. The AES Warrior Run power plant in Cumberland isn’t very large, with a capacity to generate about…

Md., Va. among top five states for government-funded jobs

Maryland and Virginia are among the top five states in the nation in the dubious competition for most government-financed employment, according to a new economic study…

The Weekend Read: The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History

Over the last two months, Bloomberg Businessweek spoke to dozens of current and former BlackBerry employees, vendors, and associates. Here is their account of the thrill of BlackBerry’s ascension—and the heartache of…

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