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Daily Clip 8/8/13
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TROUTMAN SANDERS

STRATEGIES

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.

 

Amid scandal, Va. Governor drawing on real estate

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has refinanced his private residence and restructured loans on other properties as he repays a businessman and donor who showered him and his family with gifts…

Lawmakers: Not so fast on ethics session

Local leg­islators appreciate Attorney Gen­eral Ken Cuccinelli’s concern for Virginia’s ethics laws, but they aren’t yet ready to head to Rich­mond to change them. On Tuesday…

Candidates make honor roll for campaign-filing transparency

Virginia does not have the most robust campaign-finance-and-disclosure laws on the books. But candidates for office in districts located in Arlington are among those going beyond the minimum requirements, according to a new listing…

Cuccinelli, Democratic AG candidate detail ethics proposals

The jockeying over how to strengthen Virginia’s disclosure laws continued Wednesday as Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli called for a cap on gifts to be agreed upon by the General Assembly and the Democratic nominee for attorney general urged…

The battle for the new Virginia

Can Terry McAuliffe flip that tortilla for you? During a recent campaign swing, the answer was a resounding "si,” as the former Democratic National Committee chairman swept through…

Out-of-state funds pouring into Virginia race for Governor

Virginia’s gubernatorial contest, one of only two in the country in 2013, is capturing national attention — and increasingly, national money. The Republican Governors Association recently made another…

Donor funds anti-Cuccinelli ad as MAuliffe gets Union cash

It's not quite Labor Day, the traditional turning point for the fall campaign season, and already high-dollar donations and expenditures on advertising in support of Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli are steadily flowing to the candidates for governor…

Program seeks to link Virginia vets with jobs

Although Virginia is home to thousands of job-seeking veterans, employers don’t always have strategies in place to attract and keep them. For the past year, the state Department of Veterans Services has…

Virginia farms on the rise

Studies show that Virginia farms are growing, according to information provided by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Specifically, the number of larger farms grew from 2011 to 2012…

Shipyard exec addresses a grim prospect: Three fewer carriers

Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel raised the prospect of mothballing three aircraft carriers as part of a larger plan to cut military spending. It didn't take long for that scenario to come up Wednesday as Huntington Ingalls Industries…

In D.C., building booms but hiring fizzles

Cranes are the most obvious signs of economic activity in the District today. They seem to be everywhere, raising new commercial spaces and condo complexes, towering over a summer of construction that few other U.S. cities can match…

Worries grow as downtown tunnel lane closures loom

Friday night, the tunnel's westbound tube will close for the weekend. Business owners and others in Portsmouth are particularly concerned about the closures...

Regional landfill plan gets more scrunity

Elected officials in Stafford County and Fredericksburg say they will take a closer look at the proposed waste-to-energy plant at the regional landfill before final votes on the project…

Virginia Beach sand replenishment project completed

The big beach is back. The sand replenishment project that disrupted beachgoers and annoyed seaside homeowners this summer is over…

·   Developer’s petition seeks support for Oyster Point tech center

·   Developer W.M. Jordan Company is promoting an online petition supporting its proposed mixed-use project in Newport News' Oyster Point area. The new change.org drive counters a petition circulated…

Bristol, Va., leaders expect to add big-box retailer to The Falls, prepare for potential lawsuit

City leaders expect to add a big-box retailer to The Falls project, but are simultaneously preparing for a potential lawsuit. The City Council has scheduled a called executive session Friday morning with both items on the agenda…

Warner, Kaine recommend two candidates for judgeship

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine on Wednesday recommended two Richmond candidates to fill a federal judgeship in Richmond that will open next year…

U.Va. to end no-loans policy for lower-income students

The University of Virginia will drop an original tenet of its financial-aid program that assured low-income students could graduate without debt, raising concerns that socioeconomic diversity will suffer in the effort…

Henrico board member's spouse paid $130K by county

A promotional products company owned by the husband of a Henrico County School Board member has received at least $130,178 in payments from the school district since the 2005-2006 school year…

Krispy Kreme signs lease at Roanoke shopping center (Roanoke Times)

Krispy Kreme, which closed its iconic Roanoke doughnut shop after it was heavily damaged by fire on May 31, has signed a lease for a space at a Southwest Roanoke strip mall.

Tesla shares soar on earnings surprise

Tesla Motors shares put the pedal to the metal on Wednesday in after-hours trading following results that show the company's revenue is growing better than forecasts and profit that blew past expectations…

More attorney woes for suspect in Hamilton scam case

The man accused of scamming the ex-wife of imprisoned former Delegate Phil Hamilton could end up representing himself in court if he doesn't retain an attorney in the next two weeks…

Will the next Attorney General defend the constitutional ban on gay marriage?

Virginia's next attorney general will have to stand in a courtroom and make a decision about whether or not the commonwealth's constitutional ban on marriage should be defended…

Goats hired to clear historic cemetery

At Congressional cemetery, where dozens of members of Congress and 10 Washington mayors are buried, the goats are expected to eat more than an acre’s worth of vines...

Schapiro: McAuliffe biggest obstacle seems to be himself

T-Mac is the Big Mac of Virginia politics. Like junk food, Terry McAuliffe is a lot of flash and sizzle; a shock to the palate; filling, not satisfying. Too much is bad for you…

Maryland's casinos generate nearly $70 million in July

Maryland's four casinos generated $69.3 million in revenue in July, about $36.3 million of which was returned to the state. Three bidders are vying for the state's sixth license, in Prince George's County. A state commission is expected to pick one by the end of the year…

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