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Daily Clip 12/20/13
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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 empathizes with McDonnell over gift woes

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe offered praise and sympathy to Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday after a newspaper report said federal authorities have delayed a decision on charging the governor in connection with a gift scandal…

Retired Admiral seen as McAuliffe Veterans Affairs pick

Retired Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. is expected to be introduced as Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s pick for secretary of veterans affairs and homeland security Friday morning in Northern Virginia…

Molly Ward named Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources

Former Hampton Mayor Molly Joseph Ward has been named state secretary of Natural Resources by Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe also announced Thursday that he will reappoint Todd Haymore…

In Va., focus shifts to Attorney General-elect Mark Herring’s State Senate seat

With the race for Virginia attorney general over, attention is rapidly turning to the state Senate seat that Attorney General-elect Mark R. Herring (D) will leave behind, a vacancy that could shift control of the evenly divided chamber…

Recount complete: Rust retains 86th District seat

Six-term delegate Republican Tom Rust holds onto his 86th House District seat following a recount today that left Democrat Jennifer Boysko 32 votes short. Rust was named the certified winner following…

Advocates say the fix for broken mental health system isn’t more beds

A month ago this week, State Senator Creigh Deeds was critically wounded when his son Gus attacked him with a knife outside their Bath County home. Deeds survived, but his son…

Gas well dispute fix in the works: proposed settlement detail not disclosed yet

A decade-long dispute about how value is placed on gas wells and the equipment used to collect and transport gas could be nearing a resolution. County supervisors last Thursday approved a resolution supporting a settlement agreement…

Richmond developer pleads guilty to Historic credits fraud

Billy Gene Jefferson Jr., a developer and major apartment owner in Richmond, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to fraudulently obtaining more than $12 million in tax credits. The scheme, involving the renovation of historic properties…

Residents passionately debate Ballpark proposal

The public debate over the mayor’s Shockoe Bottom ballpark plan continues much like it began: passionate, divided and, at times, chaotic…

DMV study suggests tougher rules for elderly drivers

Older Virginia drivers could be making more regular trips to the Department of Motor Vehicles if state lawmakers adopt suggestions from a study they requested. The chairmen of the state…

Bill would allow private schools to set gun rules

Mark Cole, R–Spotsylvania, has filed a bill for the upcoming 2014 General Assembly session that would make it no longer a crime to possess a knife or other weapon or a firearm on private or religious school property, or on school buses owned by those private schools….

Areva to upgrade facilities in Lynchburg, Campbell Co.

Nuclear energy firm Areva, one of the Lynchburg area’s largest employers, announced plans Tuesday to invest $26.3 million to upgrade its operations in the city and Campbell County...

Portsmouth council antes up backing for casino plan

Council members in favor of legalizing gambling have said the city desperately needs the tax revenue that a casino would generate for Portsmouth and to offset the impending tolls coming to the Downtown and Midtown tunnels...

Obama relaxes health-care law rules just days before deadline

The announcement that consumers whose health insurance policies have been canceled may be exempted from the law’s individual mandate triggered backlash from the insurance industry...

Lawsuit hopes to make Virginia students who are not citizens eligible for in-state tuition

On Dec. 17, The Falls Church-based Legal Aid Justice Center filed a lawsuit in Arlington County on behalf of seven student plaintiffs asking the court to overrule the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s interpretation of the law…

Fairfax City to try a new approach to deer: surgical sterilization of does

If Fairfax City receives clearance from the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, officials said it will be the first jurisdiction in Virginia to try the sterilization approach…

Virginia Uranium re-evaluates, but remains ‘committed’

Merely a few weeks before the start of the 2014 General Assembly session, Virginia Uranium Inc. announced it has suspended plans to back legislation that would have pushed its goal of mining a uranium deposit in Pittsylvania County…

Duo sees land swap as possible Waterfront compromise

Could solving the longstanding dispute over the Old Dominion Boat Club’s waterfront parking lot be as simple as a land swap? Christine Bernstein and Jody Manor think so…

Dominion plants use Russian warheads’ uranium

Making megawatts out of megatons, Dominion Resources Inc.’s four nuclear power stations have helped reduce the world’s nuclear weapon threat by burning up uranium fuel once used in Russian nuclear warheads…

Halifax County hires firm to go after delinquent taxes

Halifax County supervisors, looking for ways to boost revenue, hired an outside firm to step up collections of delinquent tax bills. With a property tax backlog exceeding $2.5 million, supervisors on Thursday approved…

Whitt hired as first director of Roanoke-Blacksburg Innovation Network

A burgeoning nonprofit dedicated to creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the Roanoke and New River valleys hired its first full-time employee on Tuesday, a major step forward for an initiative still trying to get into the full swing of…

NC lawmakers review state workers joining vendors

North Carolina legislators are reviewing the practice of state employees leaving government to work for vendors who work for the state…

Governor McDonnell Announces 25 New Jobs in Henry County

Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. will invest $1.5 million to expand its operations in Henry County. Over a three year period, the project will increase local manufacturing capacity and support operations…

Mortgage manager in $2B deal over loan abuses

Virginia borrowers are set to receive about $33 million as part of a multistate settlement with a Georgia-based mortgage services company over allegations of misconduct…

Former Wis. governor to chair HealthcarePays

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, who also served as a U.S. secretary of health and human services, has been named chairman of the board of Powhatan County-based HealthcarePays…

ABC agents, Daly retain lawyers

Richmond-area lawyers who specialize in civil action have been retained separately by state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents and the University of Virginia student wrongly arrested earlier this year when agents mistook…

NYC expands smoking ban to include e-cigarettes

With smokers exiled 12 years ago to New York City's sidewalks, some took up electronic cigarettes as a way to come in from the cold. Now they're down to their last few puffs with the City Council's 43-8 vote Thursday to expand the smoking ban to include e-cigarettes…

Weekend Read: EBay’s Strategy for Taking On Amazon

The company is betting its future on the idea that its interactive technology can turn shopping into a kind of entertainment, or at least make commerce something more than simply working through…

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