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Daily Clip 8/14/13
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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 says he and his family have returned all ‘tangible’ gifts from donor

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said he has returned all "tangible” gifts that were given to him and his family members by a wealthy political supporter but declined to detail a list of those items…

McDonnell, Cuccinelli claim immunity in gay marriage case

Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli have filed to be dismissed from legal action against them as representatives of the state in a federal lawsuit brought by a gay couple from Norfolk who were denied a marriage license…

Cuccinelli sidesteps questions on State inquiry

A political brouhaha erupted Tuesday over news that Virginia’s top fraud investigator is scrutinizing how the attorney general’s office has handled a series of federal lawsuits over natural gas royalties…

Va. IG robing help given in Mineral Rights case

Virginia’s inspector general is investigating allegations that a senior lawyer in the attorney general’s office improperly sided with out-of-state energy companies over residents in a dispute over mineral rights…

Governor candidates momentarily tone down attacks

Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe have taken steps to show voters their softer side in a pair of new campaign ads arriving as their bitter race for the governor's mansion has been labeled the nastiest political contest in the nation…

Dueling Ads: McAuliffe highlights cross-aisle support, Cuccinelli hits Democrat on probes

Terry McAuliffe used a new ad to highlight support for his Virginia governor campaign from outside the Democratic party Tuesday, while Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II unveiled a spot of his own focusing on the investigations of the electric car company co-founded by McAuliffe…

Cuccinelli announces Education Proposals

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday unveiled an education policy that would expand tax credits that fund private school scholarships, legalize public funding of religious schools and…

Bolling doesn’t embrace write-in, but doesn’t rule it out

He coulda been a contender. Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has heard that refrain enough in the five months since he decided not to mount an independent bid for governor…

Northam and Jackson trade barbs over pay equity

State Sen. Ralph S. Northam, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, and his Republican opponent E.W. Jackson traded barbs today over pay equity and workplace discrimination…

Va. Elections Board seeks accounting of Tyler-Baliles ballot tally

The State Board of Elections won’t call it an investigation, but it is asking for accounting from the Richmond registrar’s office for the handling of absentee ballots in a narrowly decided City Council election last fall...

McDonnell announces soybean deal in Chesapeake

As he listened to Gov. Bob McDonnell's dockside announcement Tuesday of a $97 million soybean export deal with China, Watson Lawrence, the city's state cooperative extension agent, thought of the farmers he talks to every day…

Dominion to discuss wind turbines off Va. Beach coast

A team led by Dominion Virginia Power is proposing to build two test wind turbines off the coast of Virginia Beach. Tonight, company officials are holding an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center…

Va. Shore: It’s official: Bridge-Tunnel toll hike plan is approved Tuesday

The cost to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel will increase by an average of 10 percent on Jan. 1. The toll for passenger cars…

·   Bridges, Tunnels aim to better coordinate closures

·   Operators of 15 of the region's water crossings began a tentative new approach Tuesday to better coordinate closures in the hopes of avoiding traffic meltdowns on the highways. Representatives from…

Waste-to-Energy proposal in Stafford County sent back to square one

It’s back to square one for the waste-to-energy facility that was in the works for the regional landfill in Stafford County. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to rescind its June 4 vote allowing…

Slavery Museum loses one to City

Circuit Court Judge Joseph Ellis ruled in favor of Fredericksburg’s Commissioner of the Revenue office Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by the National Slavery Museum. Ellis dismissed a lawsuit that the…

Dolphin die-off hitting Virginia hardest

A dolphin die-off in the Mid-Atlantic region is hitting Virginia hardest. Nearly 50 dolphins were found dead or dying in Virginia in July — seven times the normal rate for that month…

Va. Beach approves tax district for dredging

The City Council, over objections from some residents, voted 10-1 Tuesday to approve the city's largest special tax district yet to pay for dredging waterways near neighborhoods…

Williamsburg’s top prosecutor receives public admonition on misconduct charges

The top prosecutor for Williamsburg and James City County on Tuesday was cleared of one misconduct charge, found guilty of a second, and handed a "public admonition" for his actions…

Washington County hires law firm in dispute with Bristol

Washington County, Va., supervisors will hire a Roanoke law firm to help them make a plan —and possibly represent them in litigation — concerning a state code section designating Bristol, Va.’s retail development The Falls as one of regional impact…

Russo’s rocky past persists in Henrico

Throughout a long career as superintendent for six school systems spanning several states, Patrick J. Russo has steadily advanced while leaving a trail of controversy. In 2009…

Parents of more than 4,000 Va. students given wrong testing results

Pearson, the world’s largest education and testing company, provided incorrect scorecards for more than 4,000 students in Virginia who took an alternative assessment last school year…

New standards, statewide school division worry local school boards

As the start of another school year approaches, local school board members are raising concerns over new initiatives and policy changes being handed down by the state…

New baseball stadium proposal unveiled in Fredericksburg

The Hagerstown Suns, a Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, have now partnered with New Jersey-based Diamond Nation to propose a Fredericksburg facility that the Suns majority owner says would be the…

Antitrust officials sue to block US Airways-American Airlines merger

The action puts the brakes on a union that would have created the world’s largest commercial air carrier and would have put 86 percent of U.S. air travel in the hands of four big airlines…

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