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Daily Clip 12/11/13
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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 proposes for prisoner re-entry, rights restoration

The proposed budget that Gov. Bob McDonnell is to introduce next week will include more than $3 million toward prisoner re-entry and restoration of rights. McDonnell leaves office Jan. 11. Next Monday he will propose…

McDonnell proposes $38 million for mental health crisis funds

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell will include more than $38 million in his two-year budget proposal to improve how the state serves people in the midst of mental health crises. McDonnell (R) announced the new money…

McDonnell budgets $582 million for K-12, Pre Kindergarten

Gov. Bob McDonnell is budgeting $582.6 million over the next two years for K-12 and prekindergarten education, he announced Tuesday. The governor proposes funneling $600,000 each year for the upcoming budget’s two years to the…

McAuliffe names Inaugural committee

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s inaugural committee, announced Monday, includes former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder and three former Republican members of the General Assembly…

Obenshain asks court to hold off counting some Fairfax ballots

State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, is asking the special court overseeing the recount of the attorney general's race to hold off counting a large number of ballots from Fairfax County because measures to keep them secure after the election were not followed…

McDonnell says talk of contest in AG race may be premature

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday called speculation about a General Assembly contest in the attorney general’s race before the conclusion of the pending recount "premature,” adding that he has yet to see evidence that would call for resolving the race in the legislature…

May, Wexton address recent moves to the 33rd Senate district

Veteran state Del. Joe May moved into the Senate of Virginia’s 33rd District the first weekend of December. Jennifer Wexton, a Leesburg attorney and former assistant commonwealth's attorney in Loudoun, most recently took up residency in the 33rd in October…

VRS briefs legislative committee on proposal to manage outside funds

The Virginia Retirement System has sidestepped a potential battle with state legislators over the possible management of outside funds by the $60 billion public pension system, but lawmakers still have their doubts…

Howell pitches plan to prioritize Virginia road projects

Virginia House Speaker William Howell told area legislators and mayors Monday that he wants to create a new scoring system by which the state can prioritize road projects based on how much they would relieve congestion, improve safety and promote economic development...

Delegate urges for State takeover of Shenandoah National Park

When the government shutdown closed the 59 national parks across the U.S. in October, leaf-peeping tourists were locked out of the Shenandoah National Park and businesses in neighboring communities suffered a devastating loss. One Virginia delegate is determined…

State tourism program may help renovate Cavalier

A state tourism program partly created to help finance redevelopment of the long-vacant Dome site may instead be first used in Hampton Roads to renovate the historic Cavalier hotel. Hotelier Bruce Thompson is applying to use the state's…

Norfolk State keeps accreditation, receives warning

Norfolk State University got some breathing room Tuesday - a warning from its accrediting agency and more time to remedy a host of problems, rather than a serious sanction. Although such action is never good news…

Hampden-Sydney, NSU placed on warning

The University of Virginia is in the clear, but two other Virginia institutions have been put on warning by the regional agency that oversees accreditation standards. The sanctions against the private Hampden-Sydney College…

RMA votes to transfer Diamond to City at end of 2014

The Richmond Metropolitan Authority voted Tuesday to transfer ownership of The Diamond baseball stadium to the city of Richmond at the end of 2014, putting a more concrete timetable on the fate of the ballpark than has previously been discussed…

Henrico Board votes to oppose landfill

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to enact a resolution opposing the expansion of a county landfill. The East End Landfill LLC wants to grow from 107 to about 119 acres, filling in the center of its U-shaped property…

Is the Mayor’s Ballpark proposal already sunk?

Things are starting to look bleak for Mayor Dwight Jones’ plan to put a ballpark in Shockoe Bottom. The proposal, announced a month ago, needs seven votes from the nine-member City Council. So far…

Bedford County Supervisor Steve Arrington to resign

The last time Bedford County Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Arrington worked a contract in North Carolina, he regularly drove 580 miles roundtrip to make county meetings...

Town of Culpeper to spend $1.2 million to increase water supply

The town of Culpeper is taking steps to quench the thirst of an ever-growing population. By unanimous vote at Tuesday night's regular meeting, Culpeper Town Council approved spending up to $1.275 million to install…

Harrisonburg company reopening poultry processing facility

The company also plans to purchase an additional $160 million of Virginia grown poultry over the next three years. The facility will serve the growing market for organically raised and "all-natural" chicken…

Push for Portsmouth casino has Council supporters

A state senator from the city is making another attempt to legalize casino gambling here. The Portsmouth City Council is weighing whether to support the gaming legislation introduced this month…

Social issues likely to take a backseat in 2014

One big difference for socially conservative legislators who want to advance bills aimed at further limiting access to abortion service next year is that Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe…

Silver Line delay "doesn’t affect Phase 2”

Last week's delay of Phase 1 of Metrorail's Silver Line will not have an effect on the time line for Phase 2 of the project, according to Marcia McAllister, Communications Manager with the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project…

Too much, too soon?

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors has decided to share the burden of paying for the U.S. 1/123 widening project. However, the vote to do that last week left some supervisors thinking the board moved too soon…

U.Va. decision to make financial aid program cutbacks fuels debate

Incoming students at the lowest income levels will have to start taking out loans. The switch will save U.Va. $6 million a year by 2017-18. But critics say it will scare off needy students and reverse progress toward diversity…

Accounting firm snaps up 2 local businesses

Amid a move from the suburbs to downtown, a South Carolina-based accounting firm struck a pair of deals to accelerate its growth in Richmond…

VCU adds a new link in business education

Needing to know how to track a product from a manufacturer in Asia to a sales floor in Richmond could soon send some local businesspeople back to school.

Virginia Beach city, school employee health deductibles could rise

The basic plan’s deductible would jump to $3,000, from $300, for individuals and $5,500 for families, according to a presentation given Tuesday to the School Board and the City Council…

CareCredit ordered to pay $34.1 million restitution

Patients who signed up for a credit card to pay for braces or eye surgery through CareCredit, an arm of General Electric, were given no warning of the high fees tied to the loans and racked up thousands of dollars in debt as a result, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday.

Wash. Co., Va., hires independent marketing company

An independent marketing and economic development support services company will be hired to help Washington County better market itself. The county’s Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 Tuesday to hire Ady Voltedge, of Wisconsin, to help establish an economic development marketing program…

O’Malley’s corrections secretary stepping down

Maryland’s corrections secretary, Gary D. Maynard, is resigning to take a senior position with a national criminal-justice organization, ending a seven-year tenure that was marred by a corruption scandal at a state-run jail in Baltimore…

Alpha enters into $300 million deal with Pennsylvania firm

Alpha will exchange its 50 percent interest in its Alpha Shale Resources joint venture with Rice Energy for $200 million of Rice common stock in Rice Energy's planned initial public offering and $100 million in cash, according to a written statement…

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