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Daily Clip 8/13/13
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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.

 

McDonnell: All  gifts from Jonnie Williams returned

All of the thousands of dollars in tangible gifts — including a $6,500 Rolex watch — showered on Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family over the past few years have been returned to a major political donor and business executive, the governor said…

McDonnell finds friendly audiences in Southside swing

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s road to redemption is taking him to Lynchburg, Danville, Martinsville and points beyond. Amid a gifts scandal that has triggered an investigation into his relationship with a wealthy political benefactor, McDonnell maintained…

Governor still undecided on uranium

Gov. Bob McDonnell says he has not decided whether or not to use the Administrative Process Act to create regulations for uranium mining and milling. In 2012, McDonnell formed the Uranium Working…

Governor touts opportunities in Danville

Gov. Bob McDonnell visited Danville and Pittsylvania County on Monday as part of his "Commonwealth of Opportunity” tour. His first stop was at Danville Community College’s precision machining program...

China export deal in Chesapeake expected today

Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to announce a new export deal between a Virginia business and a Chinese company today during the Hampton Roads leg of his retrospective tour across the state…

McDonnell attends ribbon cutting at Lynchburg area’s STEM Academy

Gov. Bob McDonnell touted benefits the Lynchburg area has gained from his administration Monday with the opening of a science and technology academy for high-school students, along with a planned interchange that promises development along U.S. 29/460…

Cuccinelli’s K-12 Education plan would let Virginia parent’s take over failing schools

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II plans to unveil a 12-point education plan on Tuesday that would push for charter schools, offer voucher-like scholarships for preschoolers, and empower a majority of parents to close down…

McAuliffe praises Redskins deal, sidesteps Greentech questions

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Monday praised the economic development deal that brought the Washington Redskins’ training camp to Richmond, but he sidestepped questions about his involvement in a startup car company that is under a federal securities investigation…

High hopes unrealized for McAuliffe's car company

Terry McAuliffe says voters should choose him because of his entrepreneurship and experience creating jobs. Ken Cuccinelli points to GreenTech and says he failed...

Candidates to roll out policy initiatives today

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli are set to announce policy proposals today on issues ranging from business growth to education. McAuliffe is launching a "Biotech and Innovation Platform” that calls for..

Daniel: Campaigning from the middle of the road

Eight weeks after the June 11 Republican primary shook up the usually predictable 33rd District House of Delegates race, a batch of lesser-known candidates are working to get the word out about who they are and why they’re the best choice to represent the district in Richmond…

Inspector General still investigating AG advice to landowners in gas royalty case

Virginia’s state inspector general is still investigating whether an attorney general staffer wrongfully advised energy company lawyers in an ongoing federal court battle with regional landowners seeking natural gas royalties…

Blacksburg company goes public, its shares nearly doubling in five days

After becoming Southwest Virginia's first billionaire with the sale a pharmaceutical startup in 2007, Randal Kirk has returned to Wall Street and is receiving a reception that is as warm as ever. Intrexon, a synthetic biology company with deep ties to Southwest Virginia, went public…

Governor quietly signs sweeping N.C. elections bill

North Carolina's governor on Monday quietly signed a measure into law that overhauls the state's election laws to require government-issued photo IDs at the polls and shorten early voting, moves that drew stinging..

·   Dome site could be back on Va. Beach council agenda

·   The council could also discuss the Dome site project. Last week, the developer who promised to build an entertainment complex on the Oceanfront site failed to meet an informal deadline to show officials he had secured financing…

NSU President: Focus on graduation rates, retention

Norfolk State University will focus on boosting student retention and graduation rates in the coming school year, President Tony Atwater said during a state-of-the-university address Monday…

Judge halts case to remove Isle of Wight Supervisor

A judge approved a motion Monday to halt a case to remove embattled Isle of Wight Supervisor Byron "Buzz" Bailey from political office. Bailey and School Board member Herb DeGroft have been under fire since personal emails…

Richmond National Battlefield Park buys 251 acres at Glendale

Richmond National Battlefield Park has acquired 251 acres at the heart of the Glendale Civil War battlefield from the Civil War Trust, more than doubling the park’s holdings there…

Virginia Beach wants a piece of the parking pie at Town Center

This fall, the city will likely request that companies submit bids to run the valet service at Town Center. City Parking Manager David Fairbaugh cites missed revenue…

UR arena loses seats but adds some swank

Less than three months before hoops season tips off, a big-money upgrade is taking shape at the University of Richmond’s basketball arena…

OxyContin maker urged to name suspect physicians

Two state senators call on Purdue Pharma to turn over the names of California physicians it suspects of recklessly prescribing its pills to drug dealers and addicts…

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…

Perfect scores rare on Maryland state tests

In the years leading up to the introduction of tougher standardized tests in Virginia, the number of students who earned perfect scores soared. In Arlington County, nearly half — 45 percent — of fifth-graders who took the Standards of Learning math tests in the spring of 2011 got every single question right…

Governor appoints new Va. Beach Circuit Court Judge

Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed General District Judge Steven Frucci to fill a vacancy in the city's Circuit Court, according to an announcement Friday. Frucci has served in the lower court since 2009…

Medicare penalties hit hospitals in Roanoke, New River valleys

Nine hospitals in a region that stretches from Bedford to Tazewell will see their Medicare reimbursements cut this year for having too many patient readmissions. The penalties, part of the new federal health care law…

VCU to lead major study of concussions

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers will lead a $62.2 million federally funded effort involving multiple universities, military installations and veterans hospitals to better understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat concussions…

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