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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 invites vets to Hampton Roads inaugural ball

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe is hosting one of his inaugural galas in Norfolk and he's opening the doors to Virginia veterans, military members and their families…

May secures spot on special election ballot

Joe T. May will appear on the ballot as an independent for the Jan. 21 special election to fill the 33rd District Senate seat vacated by Attorney General-elect Mark Herring. May’s campaign submitted…

Ahead in cash race, Coleman releases Senate ad

Norfolk's Wayne Coleman Monday released a new television ad in his bid for a Virginia Senate seat as new campaign finance numbers showed the Republican candidate leading Democratic nominee Lynwood Lewis in money raised for the race…

Paula Miller disavows write-in rumors, backs Lewis

Former state Del. Paula Miller is not waging a write-in campaign for state Senate, she said Monday, contrary to rumors. "I'm supporting Lynwood Lewis," Miller said…

Virginia legislature to ask for investigation into mental health treatment in jails

For more than a month Virginia's Office of the State Inspector General has been promising the release of its Mental Illness and Jails report by year's end. Last week, Inspector General Michael Morehart promised…

ABC flap give bill new life

A stalled pitch to study moving state law enforcement agencies under state police will be back before the General Assembly, this time with a different patron and an expanded mission…

GOP caucus point man on mental health files reform bills

The Republican House of Delegates caucus point man on mental health issues, Del. Joseph Yost, R-Giles, has filed three bills aimed at making sure that people in a crisis aren't bounced to the street…

Evolving thoughts on science teaching in General Assembly

One of the handful of former teachers in the General Assembly, Del. Richard "Dickie" Bell, R-Staunton, has been thinking of an awkward spot teachers can find themselves in. Specifically, science teachers…

Peninsula lawn-mowing style could go statewide

Here on the Peninsula, we seem to have led the way when it comes to mowing the lawn. Now, Del. Peter Farrell, R-Henrico, is proposing the rest of the state follow suit. His bill would make current grass-cutting provisions applicable statewide…

Keeping the lid on animal antics in the General Assembly

Del. Danny Marshall, R-Danville, wants the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to study where there is an overpopulation of wild animals. If it finds parts of the state have too many wild things…

State budget to get boost of $18 million

Virginia’s budget will see an $18 million boost this year thanks to a federal bonus for enrolling more children in a government health insurance program…

Peninsula restaurant owners say new ABC regulations a step in the right direction

A new rule, set to take effect Jan. 29, will allow restaurants and bars across the state to advertise happy hour in print, broadcast and social media…

FAA to test drones at Wallops Island, NASA Langley

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday selected six proposals from across the country to develop test sites for unmanned aircraft, a critical next step for the march of drones into civilian airspace…

How safe are the region’s bridges?

Of the 1,223 bridges in Hampton Roads, 77 – or around 6 percent – were labeled as structurally deficient in the 2012 Hampton Roads Regional Bridge Study…

Virginia man creates website to link pro-gun consumers, businesses

Bryan Crosswhite has created 2amendment.org, an online database where gun-rights businesses can register their names and addresses and get stickers for their windows that signal they are friendly to legal gun owners who exercise…

Teen in prison for life asks McDonnell for shorter term

A man facing six life sentences for an armed robbery committed as a teen applied Monday for a conditional pardon from Gov. Bob McDonnell. Lawyers for Travion Blount, convicted in 2007, are seeking…

The News & Advance person of the year: Lacey Putney

Accolades have poured in for retiring Del. Lacey Putney, whose 52 years in the House of Delegates set a mark that, in the words of Gov. Bob McDonnell, "will not likely be replicated.”…

Warner seeks answers on protection of consumers’ data

Sen. Mark R. Warner is asking for a Senate Banking Committee hearing to look at whether companies and financial service providers are doing everything they should to safeguard consumer data and protect against fraud and identity theft…

Goodlatte has busy year as Chairman of House Judiciary Committee

The past year has been one of the busiest in 6th District Rep. Bob Goodlatte's entire congressional career, a time that spans 11 terms. Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, is wrapping up his first year as chairman of the…

In Arlington, architects offer a free historic house — but only to go

Another buyer might not have flinched at the idea of demolishing the tiny 1920s house in Lyon Park, with its two bedrooms, single bathroom and basement built for dwarves. Far larger houses are routinely torn down across Arlington to make way…

Rosner Auto Group buys Bill Britt dealerships

Bill Britt dealerships have been a staple in the Fredericksburg area since 1980. But that’s about to change, as the Rosner Auto Group has bought the two Britt dealerships that sell Mazda and Volkswagen vehicles…

Wells Fargo to pay $591 million to Fannie Mae in mortgage settlement

Wells Fargo & Co. said Monday it has agreed to pay $591 million to Fannie Mae to settle disputes over soured mortgages the bank sold to the seized housing finance giant during the subprime housing boom…

Group says feds fall short on Chesapeake Bay cleanup

In a news release, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said its criticism is based on a review of the federal government's 2014-15 draft milestones, as well as other actions.…

It's lights out for some incandescent bulbs on Jan. 1

On Wednesday, it will become illegal to manufacture or import 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs because of federally mandated efficiency standards signed into law in 2007 by…

Norfolk judge retires, another to retire in March

General District Court Judge Ray W. Dezern Jr.'s last day on the bench was Monday. Circuit Court Judge Charles E. Poston announced that he will retire March 1…

U.S. residential electricity use falling to 2001 levels

Because of more energy-efficient housing, appliances and gadgets, power usage is on track to decline in 2013 for the third year in a row, to 10,819 kilowatt-hours per household, according to the Energy Information Administration…

U.S. struggling to keep pace in broadband service

The United States, the country that invented the Internet, is falling dangerously behind in offering high-speed, affordable broadband service to businesses and consumers, according to technology experts…

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