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Daily Clip 8/15/13
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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 trumpets State Wine success during trip N'Hampton Vineyard

Gov. Bob McDonnell chose Chatham Vineyards in Northampton County as the setting for a major announcement about the state’s wine industry. His visit to the county Wednesday was part of the governor’s…

State’s Oyster Harvest hits highest level in 25 years

Last season’s oyster harvest was Virginia’s biggest in a quarter-century, preliminary figures show. The 2012-13 harvest totaled more than 320,000 bushels, with a dockside value of $11.2 million, state officials said…

McDonnell: Virginia’s Cash Reserve to Approach $1 Billion

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Monday the state will be able to beef up its "rainy day” cash reserve fund to almost $1 billion from the past fiscal year’s surplus...

State Group responds to Report’s claims over Uranium

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has reviewed the Robinson reports and says the agency and Virginia Uranium are in the clear. The department’s public relations manager…

Outside money floods Va. Governor’s Race

Major doses of outside money continue to flow into Virginia’s high-profile gubernatorial race, with nearly $1 million for an anti-Terry McAuliffe advertising the latest example…

Fundraising, Attack Ads stir up Va. Governor’s Race

The typically sleepy pre-Labor Day lull during Virginia election years has been upended this season by a deluge of ads and fundraising on behalf of Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who are vying…

Attacks on Car Firm, Natural Gas scandals persist in Cuccinelli, McAuliffe Race

Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe in their own ways have protested what they consider media fixation on negative campaigning, yet all the while the attacks keep coming from both sides...

Bolling won’t rule out Write-in campaign

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling isn't out on the hustings, he isn't raising money and he isn't bombarding Virginia residents with ads asking for their vote for governor. But…

State asks for revisions in calculating jobless rate

State economists have asked the U.S. Department of Labor to revise how unemployment rates — federal, state and local — are compiled, Martinsville City Council learned Tuesday…

Va. Sen. Puckett says landowners impetus for seeking investigation

Virginia Sen. Phillip D. Puckett pointed to regional landowners -- and not a hotly contested governor’s race - as his impetus for seeking a state investigation of an attorney general staffer’s role in a natural gas royalties dispute…

Lawyer appointed to fill Judicial vacancy in Va. Beach

Elizabeth "Lisa" S. Hodges has been named a General District Court judge in Virginia Beach. The appointment of Hodges, a staff attorney for Geico Insurance Co., comes after Judge Steven Frucci's elevation to Circuit Court judge left a void…

120 new jobs coming to Danville

"Project Volt,” the code name for a new enterprise approved Tuesday by the Tobacco Commission, will bring 120 jobs to Danville in the next three years…

Startek to hire 300 new employees in Lynchburg

Call center StarTek is looking to hire 300 additional employees by December. Most of the available positions are customer services representatives, according to a release from the company…

Richmond-Area foreclosure filings drop 40%

Foreclosure activity in the Richmond area dropped nearly 40 percent in July from the same month a year ago, as the housing market continues to mend, according to a report released this morning by RealtyTrac…

Undocumented immigrants have different college costs in Va. and Md.

Tania Herrera graduated from high school in Loudoun County with a 3.2 grade-point average and an admission letter from her dream school: Radford University. Then she hit a roadblock...

Prosecutors from Smyth, Tazewell to split $1.3 million

Prosecutors from Smyth and Tazewell counties will split $1.3 million derived from a federal court decision last May, when Abbott Laboratories pleaded guilty to falsifying benefits of the drug Depakote…

·   Manassas lottery to allow residents to buy cemetery plots at  City Cemetery

·   Manassas officials are ironing out the details of a public lottery that will allow residents to buy burial plots at Manassas Cemetery on Center Street. The 124 new spaces are the first available there since the 1940s…

Hampton ready to strengthen rules addressing crime

City Council members unanimously approved a set of ordinances officials believe will stunt the uptick of violent and gun-related crimes, which have plagued family-oriented events and otherwise quiet residential streets this year…

Opt-in 11-month school year considered for 3 Roanoke Elementary Schools

An extended school year — on an opt-in basis — is being eyed for three Roanoke elementary schools in an effort to make academic gains during the summer months, particularly among at-risk children…

Judge dissolves Shenandoah Farms Fire Company

The Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department succumbed to years of personnel and financial scandals Wednesday after a Clarke County Circuit Court judge signed an order confirming the company's demise…

Flying Squirrels, RMA waiting on city’s stadium decision

The Richmond Flying Squirrels are feeling caught in a squeeze play over their future at The Diamond and the promise of a new stadium...

New guidelines may shape Town Center development

Virginia Beach will hold a public meeting tonight about zoning regulations proposed for Town Center and the surrounding areas. The goal is to encourage more urban development...

Company seeks virtual charter school from N.C. court

The state Court of Appeals was to hear a bid by Virginia-based K12 Inc. to offer classes to students whose parents opt out of existing public school classrooms. The company backed a North Carolina non-profit called N.C. Learns...

Redskins score a 2nd local health-care deal

Health Diagnostic Laboratory struck a deal to be the new health and wellness provider for the Redskins. In exchange, the HDL name will get exposure on signs and banners at FedEx Field, the team’s home stadium, and at the team’s new facility in Richmond…

Schapiro: Person by person, McDonnell tries to repair his reputation

At the ribbon cutting for a state program to steer high school students into high-tech studies and high-paying jobs, Gov. Bob McDonnell and Del. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg, found an unlikely moment to chat…

When a New Job Leads to a Lawsuit

More employers are requiring their new workers to sign "noncompete" agreements. Some say that these clauses are having an unintended dampening effect on U.S. entrepreneurship…

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