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Daily Clip 8/5/13
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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 at 697.2256.

 

Donor Jonnie Williams, Star Scientific are cooperating in McDonnell probe

A prominent political donor and his dietary supplement company have been cooperating for several months with federal prosecutors in a fast-moving public corruption investigation of Virginia Gov…

McDonnells, in accepting unbidden riches, lost touch with ordinary Virginians

For almost four years, Gov. Bob McDonnell chose not to disclose tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and loans a wealthy businessman and political contributor showered on him and his family…

Is it Consol vs. Virginia’s two Gubernatorial candidates?

The regional court battle over millions of dollars in natural gas royalties seems to have pitted a major energy company against Virginia ’s two gubernatorial candidates…

Billionaire environmentalist goes big in Virginia Governor’s race

Tom Steyer, the environmentalist billionaire who has mounted a national campaign opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, has directed his political operation to spend heavily in the Virginia governor’s race in support of Democrat Terry McAuliffe…

Cuccinelli, McAuliffe trade barbs at Agriculture forum

Virginia gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe used an agriculture-focused forum Friday to trade criticism on issues like transportation and the federal health care overhaul…

Cuccinelli faces questions at Tazewell town hall meeting

State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli responded to claims he sold out Southwest Virginians on the issue of distributing $28 million in escrow money from methane royalties, saying…

Virginia candidates woo prosecutors

All four candidates for Virginia governor and attorney general made a rare joint appearance Friday at a prosecutors’ convention, each making the case that he would do more to boost law enforcement than his opponent…

Libertarian hopes Virginians want another choice for Governor

While Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe wrestle with their own controversies, Libertarian nominee Robert C. Sarvis has cast himself as a viable alternative for voters frustrated with the two major party candidates for governor…

Report: SEC investigates car company McAuliffe founded

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating GreenTech Automotive, the electric car company founded by Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor, over…

McAuliffe associate removes car claim from web; No record of Defense  Department approval

A firm funding the car company founded by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has claimed on its website for months that its MyCar electric vehicle had been approved by the Defense Department "for U.S. military installations worldwide”…

Clouds spread to Democratic side of Virginia Governor’s race

For months, the governor’s race in Virginia has unfolded beneath a cloud of scandal over the Republican incumbent that spread to his would-be Republican successor, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. But now a potential scandal also threatens to distract the campaign of the Democratic candidate…

Restoration of Civil Rights on the agenda for next Governor

Should nonviolent felons have their right to vote automatically restored? What exactly is a nonviolent felony? What kind of process can be considered automatic? These are some of the questions at the heart of an ongoing debate in Virginia about restoration of rights for those who have paid their debt to society…

Gifts  to ABC from alcohol industry a 'gray area'

State Alcoholic Beverage Control employees reported more than $50,000 in gifts and entertainment from 2008 to 2011, primarily to pay for conference trips but also including tickets to…

·   ABC Official calls Charlottesville incident 'embarrassing'

·   State Alcoholic Beverage Control agents erred in their arrest of a University of Virginia student wrongly suspected of buying beer while underage, an agency commissioner said Friday…

SCC examiner backs Brunswick power plant, power lines across James

Dominion Virginia Power scored in two important energy infrastructure cases before state regulators Friday. The State Corporation Commission has approved Dominion Virginia Power’s application to build a $1.27-billion power plant in Brunswick County…

Contractors hoping to win work marketing health care options

With the technical part of building state and federal health insurance exchanges mostly complete, contractors are now hoping to find work communicating with potential customers. Companies from Adobe to Maximus are looking…

Old tobacco marketing tactics get new use by E-Cigarettes

Companies vying for a stake in the fast-growing electronic cigarette business are reviving the decades-old marketing tactics the tobacco industry used to hook generations of Americans on regular smokes…

NSU readies new nursing track amid admissions freeze

Norfolk State University will begin a new bachelor's nursing track this fall, providing another avenue for students who no longer can be admitted into the school's two-year program….

Historical Society of Western Virginia faces ‘untenable financial situation'

To understand the importance of the History Museum of Western Virginia's new permanent exhibit - "Crossroads of History" - consider this: Its parent organization decided to take out a $1.1 million loan to make it happen…

Baseball meeting apparently illegal

A group appointed by Fredericksburg City Council to negotiate with the Hagerstown Suns about a possible relocation apparently violated state law by failing to adhere to the state Freedom of Information Act…

Chesterfield meals tax could be one of a kind

If Chesterfield County officials succeed in their push to implement a meals tax, the county could end up the only county in Virginia with a meals tax less than the 4 percent maximum…

Southern Bank not going easy on delinquent borrowers

Southern Bank and Trust Co. outbid two other banks to take over the failed Bank of the Commonwealth. An aggressive push to bring millions in assets to performing levels has some borrowers feeling the pressure….

N.C. law grounds surveillance drones, but not all

A little-noted provision in North Carolina's budget prohibits police and other government agencies from buying surveillance drones for the next two years, as state lawmakers study the balance between security and privacy…

Defense stalwart Forbes battling budget-cutters from own party

The Chesapeake Republican is facing pressure from a new crop of small-government conservatives on top of habitual efforts from House liberals. He calls it a "pincer movement" that could harm U.S. security

Schapiro: A tale of two politicians

The same day former U.S. Sen. Harry Byrd Jr. died, Bob McDonnell attempted to resurrect his governorship. It was quite the contrast in headlines, quite the contrast in politicians…

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