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Daily Clip 7/31/13
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Below are newspaper articles from around the Commonwealth that you may find of interest.  If you have any questions please contact Mike Woods at 697.2256.

 

Va Gov says he’ll return remaining donor’s gifts

Gov. Bob McDonnell says he will return a Rolex watch and other gifts given to him and his family by a major campaign donor and businessman who lavished Virginia's first family with tens of thousands of dollars' worth of items over the years…

McDonnell defends wife in gift scandal

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday pledged to return all of the gifts he has received from a prominent donor, his latest response to a controversy that has plagued him for months…

Calls ring louder for tighter gift laws

The constant turns in the scandal ensnaring Virginia’s first family over accepting tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from a wealthy donor highlight the need for changes in state laws, critics said Tuesday…

McAuliffe takes heat for U.S. 58 statement

A statement made by gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe during a July 20 debate is drawing heat from some Republicans, who say McAuliffe doesn’t know Virginia like a potential governor should…

Attorney General candidate makes a local stop

Mark Obenshain, the Republican nominee for Virginia Attorney General made a stop in Emporia on Tuesday, and spent the lunch hour with the Emporia Rotary Club…

Obenshain aims at elder abuse

The Harrisonburg Republi­can’s plan would establish an Elder Abuse Prevention Center within the attorney general’s of­fice to bring together govern­ment agencies and other stake­holders to investigate and pros­ecute elder abuse…

7th District challenger Abraham proposes college tuition program

Running for the Republican-held 7th District House of Delegates seat, Democrat Michael Abraham said Tuesday that he hoped to launch a new state program to make it easier for students to afford college…

Ramadan talks Greenway

State Del. David Ramadan (R-87th) initiated the complaint against the road's operator in late 2012, and he has consistently urged the SCC to look into the matter…

House candidate holds open forum in Danville

Democratic candidate Gary Miller addressed a crowd of about 40 at an open forum Tuesday held at North New Hope Baptist Church in Danville. Miller is running for the 14th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates against incumbent Republican Danny Marshall and independent Mary Martin...

Jobless rate rose in Richmond in June

The Richmond area’s unemployment rate rose from May to June. The region’s jobless rate stood at 6.3 percent in June, up from 6.0 percent in May, the Virginia Employment Commission reported Tuesday…

Richmond Risk Management audit uncovers number of minor problems

An audit of Richmond’s Department of Risk Management uncovered a number of problems in city policy and procedure on protecting employees and assets, according to a report released Tuesday by the city’s auditor…

Meeting between City, Suns called ‘positive’

Tuesday night’s meeting between the Hagerstown Suns and city of Fredericksburg was "very positive,” City Councilman Fred Howe said. "It was a very good meeting,” said Howe…

Magazine for inmates sues Virginia Beach Sheriff

A publication for prisoner rights claims its magazine isn't being allowed into the city's jail and is filing a lawsuit. Since April 2012, at least 67 magazines and informational brochures have been censored by the Virginia Beach Correctional Center, according to the complaint…

·   Portsmouth upgrading its aging water system

·   The project is part of the city’s five-year, $100 million water system improvement plan. Dinwiddie represents a $10 million downtown effort to replace water lines, sewer and storm-sewer infrastructure in a 16-block area…

·   D.C. scratch-off lottery games threatened as contract lapses

A dispute between the District and the company that makes the highly profitable scratch-off lottery tickets led to the recent lapse of the city’s instant-ticket contract…

Craft beer sales through the roof again

If craft beer were a stock, every analyst in America would have it on their "buy" list. For the fourth year in a row, the Brewers Association is reporting double-digit percentage growth in craft-beer sales in the first half of the year…

Libbie Mill crosses the starting line

The earth is moving once again at a long-dormant plot of land near Staples Mill Road and Libbie Avenue.  Construction crews this month began to make way for Libbie Mill, a planned 80-acre mixed-use project by Richmond developer Gumenick Properties…

NC agency approves health plans for exchange

 

North Carolina insurance regulators have approved health plans that will be available to residents under the federal health care law, but aren't releasing details....

New rules allow Port Authority to operate with more clout

As of July 1, the Virginia Port Authority has a bigger tool kit from which to draw in its efforts to attract more business for its terminals…

N.C. must pay PETA's legal fees over Possum Drop

A North Carolina judge is ordering a state agency to pay nearly $75,000 in legal fees to an animal rights group trying to stop a community from using a live possum in its New Year's Eve celebration…

Data show Virginia's Alcohol Beverage Control agency has problem with rules

Policies are not always followed at the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, records show. The four highest-ranking officials at the agency — including the current chief operating officer and three former commissioners…

Judge blocks cameras at preliminary hearing

Efforts by several local media outlets to bring video cameras into accused killer Craig Patterson’s preliminary hearing next week again met with defeat — this time by District Court Chief Judge Becky J. Moore…

Richmond Mayor adds 13 to Anti-Poverty panel

. In a news conference at 10th and Marshall streets, Jones pointed behind him to the entrance to the office of the city’s new Center for Workforce Development as proof that the commission’s work would be meaningful…

Home sales in Richmond area rise 10 percent

Home sales in the Richmond area rose 10 percent in the second quarter from the year-earlier period — with the city leading the way, according to a report released Tuesday by the Richmond Association of Realtors…

Obituary: Former Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr.

Former U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr., whose historic decision to become an independent in 1970 would decide political power in Virginia for more than two decades, died Tuesday at his home in his native Winchester…

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