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Daily Clip 12/13/13
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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 .

McAuliffe to name Moran Secretary of Public Safety

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe today will name Brian J. Moran, a former Arlington County prosecutor, delegate from Alexandria and Democratic Party of Virginia chairman, as Virginia’s next secretary of public safety…

In Virginia, McAuliffe chooses two Kaine Administration veterans for cabinet posts

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that he has chosen veteran state government officials for two Cabinet posts: secretary of administration and secretary of technology…

McAuliffe says Hampton Roads is top transportation priority

Getting traffic and port traffic moving more freely through Hampton Roads will be Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe's top transportation goal, he told the annual meeting of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Wednesday…

Judge issues order outlining rules in AG's recount

A recount court's chief judge has outlined the rules governing the recount in the race for Virginia attorney general. The order issued Wednesday by Richmond Circuit Judge Beverly Snukals stakes out many procedures that have been…

Va. Republicans raise new questions about Fairfax ballots

Republican Mark D. Obenshain’s campaign for attorney general raised new questions Wednesday about how Fairfax County ballots were handled while also dismissing the idea that he has already decided to ask the General Assembly to step into the race…

Local officials get machines recount-ready

Machine testing for next week’s attorney general re­count took place in the city and Rockingham County on Thursday, requiring officials to fill out sample ballots and feed them through scanners to ensure that votes are tal­lied correctly…

McDonnell urges $11M for Slave history sites

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed $11 million cash infusion could be the catalyst for a formal commemoration of the history of the slave trade in Richmond, including a slavery museum in an area that encompassed one of the largest…

Gov. Bob McDonnell approves Fort Monroe Master Plan

Outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday announced his approval of Fort Monroe's master plan. The document guides how land and buildings will be used on the decommissioned Army post as the property…

McDonnell proposes clean water investments in Va.

Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing state funding in the next two-year budget cycle to improve water quality in Virginia's rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. The governor announced…

McDonnell proposes $183 million for higher education

Gov. Bob McDonnell proposes plowing $183.1 million into higher education in his upcoming two-year budget, the lion's share of the money in line with the "Top Jobs" effort. From a pool of about $150 million…

Virginia posts stagnant overall sales

Against a backdrop of Department of Defense furloughs and a 17-day government shutdown, taxable sales were largely stagnant in Virginia for the third quarter, according to the latest data from the state's department of taxation…

Health supplement maker agrees to pay Va. $975,000

A health supplement maker whose chief executive officer has been a key player in a gift controversy surrounding Gov. Bob McDonnell has agreed to pay Virginia $975,000 to resolve a years-old tax dispute…

Va. ABC sets another record for alcohol sales

For the 15th consecutive year, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control's stores have had record-setting sales, according to a news release. Gross sales increased to $769 million…

Study: More judges needed in area

The study, issued in November by the National Center for State Courts, found that the 26th Judicial District needs six more judges to effectively handle its caseload…

Exelis to spin off government services business

McLean-based defense contractor Exelis said Wednesday its board has approved a plan to spin off its military and government services business into an independent public company by summer. The move marks…

New Authority to help Roanoke region lure business

Snagging a business prospect often demands having the just-right properties either ready for occupation or pretty dang close. Enter the Western Virginia Regional Industrial Facility Authority, which…

Va. Power certifies West Creek as potential data center site

Dominion Virginia Power has certified a 119-acre site in the West Creek office park in eastern Goochland County as a potential location for a data center…

Nursing and imaging schools will move to Westhampton School

Bon Secours Virginia Health System plans to renovate the Westhampton School to house the health system’s College of Nursing and School of Imaging, officials announced Thursday…

Spotsy bypass returns, without the toll

Eventually, after much wrangling by area transportation officials, the parkway was removed from the plans. Now, though, it’s back in play. But not as a toll road…

VDOT may alter Western bypass route to avoid historic cemetery

The Virginia Department of Transportation is considering realigning a section of the Western Bypass of U.S. 29 slightly to the north to avoid directly affecting a historic black cemetery and home site…

Report: New jail would cost at least $17 million

The city's jail is outdated, dangerous and while only about 40 years old - because of the heavy use the building - has seen its equivalent to a building 130 years old. But, building a new jail could…

Severance taxes: Decline in revenue hits road, utility, job funds

Original budget projections had the county’s coal road improvement fund receiving $4 million this fiscal year in coal severance tax revenues….

Chesterfield Supervisors limit where alternative lenders can open

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday night to limit where alternative lenders, including title loan companies, can open in the county. The decision…

Shockoe, Boulevard proposals could cure "retail desert ” in North Richmond

Mayor Dwight C. Jones’ ballpark proposal is as much about creating an oasis along The Boulevard for North Richmond’s "retail desert” as it is about a bringing baseball to Shockoe Bottom, a top adviser said…

Martinsville again rejects reversion to Town

For the second time in less than a decade, an effort to start the city of Martinsville down the path of reversion stalled out Tuesday night. A 3-2 vote ended the city council’s trek…

Aviation schools prepare for boom in drone jobs

The university's unmanned aircraft degree program, the nation's first, exploded from five students in 2009 to 120 students last year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State have since added similar programs. Dozens of other schools offer some courses in what's known as UAS…

Roanoke garage hotel may take more city funds

Construction of a three-story hotel atop Roanoke’s Market Garage is poised to go forward, in large part because the city agreed to provide up to $1.85 million in additional performance-based grants…

Lumber Liquidators faces second class-action lawsuit

After a shareholder filed a lawsuit against Toano-based Lumber Liquidators in November, customers of the company's wood products also filed a class-action lawsuit on Dec. 3…

Novozymes to join Monsanto in effort to boost crop yield

An alliance announced this week by Monsanto Co. — one of the world’s largest seed companies, a developer of genetically modified crops and manufacturer of the herbicide Roundup — and Novozymes — a Denmark-based company…

Report: Foreclosure crisis is winding down

Foreclosure activity in November was down 37% from a year ago and the easing foreclosure crisis lacks power to derail the housing rebound underway, RealtyTrac says…

Virginia Beach on defensive again over red-light cameras

Virginia Beach is preparing to once more defend the legality of the cameras after a woman decided to fight a $50 ticket and question the program's legitimacy in court…

Judge: No quick trial on NC voting law changes

A federal judge has ruled there will be no trial on North Carolina's Republican-backed voting law changes until after the 2014 elections, though she signaled motions will be considered to bar…

N.C. teachers group sues over private school grants

Public school advocates sued the state Wednesday in a bid to block a new law that would let taxpayer money be used by low-income students wishing to attend private or religious schools…

Wireless companies bow to cellphone unlocking pressure

Say you're fed up with your current wireless carrier, and you want to switch. What's more, you'd like to take your mobile device with you. Thanks to a weird wrinkle in copyright law, if your phone was purchased after Jan. 26, 2013, you can't — it's against the law…

Independent with Democratic ties files to run in 11th House race

A long-time Democrat, former Martinsville mayor and vice mayor and staffer for a Democratic congressman filed to run as an independent Wednesday in the upcoming special election for the 11th District House of Delegates race…

Virginia Tech climbs research spending list

Virginia Tech has risen to its highest spot ever in the National Science Foundation ranking of spending at research institutions and is the state’s only research university listed in the top 50…

Almost 4,000 Virginians enrolled in health insurance plans in November

Almost 4,000 Virginians enrolled in health insurance plans through the new federal marketplace last month, quadrupling the number of enrollees during the troubled rollout of...

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