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Daily Clip 11/1/13
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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 .

 

Va. Supreme Court rules Hampton Roads tax constitutional

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday said a $2.1 billion tunnel project in Hampton Roads will proceed in light of a Virginia Supreme Court ruling that allows tolls to pay for the work…

Maersk Line Ltd. CEO to head Virginia Port Authority

By a unanimous vote, the authority's board on Thursday named Reinhart - a seasoned maritime executive with big-league credentials - to guide the port, the third-largest for container shipments…

Va. Supreme Court overturns verdict in wrongful death suit against Virginia Tech

The Virginia Supreme Court overturned a jury verdict in a wrongful-death suit brought by the parents of two students who were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre…

Alexandria Boat Club wins Va. Supreme Court decision on access to Wales Alley

The decision is important, attorneys on both sides said, because it clarifies the rights of both the city and the boat club in the ongoing civic battle over how Alexandria’s waterfront will redevelop…

Va. uranium mining forum set today

With uranium mining likely to re-emerge in the General Assembly, a panel of experts is scheduled to dissect the issue at a forum at Washington and Lee University…

LeClairRyan enters into data, document venture

The law firm LeClairRyan has formed a partnership with a Kansas-based company to collect, manage and analyze the massive amounts of data and documentation involved in large legal cases…

Union First Market will close 13 branches

Union First Market Bankshares Corp. will close 13 branches, including two in the Richmond area, after its acquisition of StellarOne Corp. Fredericksburg will take the brunt of the closings…

Health Marketplace enrollment at a crawl online

More than 600,000 uninsured Virginians are eligible for subsidized health plans through the state's federally run insurance marketplace, but one month into the signup computer glitches continue to…

In first month, the vast majority of Obamacare sign-ups are in Medicaid

The first month of the new health law’s rollout reveals an unexpected pattern in several states: a crush of people applying for an expansion of Medicaid and a trickle of sign-ups for private insurance…

Fort Monroe plan ready to move ahead if governor approves

Fort Monroe officials are waiting on the governor now. The board of trustees for the former Army post approved a master plan last month that will map future development on the ...

National Fight Begins Over Upping Tobacco Age

 

New York City councilmen voted Wednesday to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21, a measure that will go into effect six months after it's signed into law…

Is Comcast trying to defeat a candidate in Seattle?

Comcast is supporting an effort to defeat a mayor whose broadband policies threatened its market share, disclosures show…

Henrico leaders get an earful on meals tax

 

With a few days remaining before Henrico County voters decide whether to pass a proposed meals tax, public meetings on the topic have become almost a roadshow debate…

 

Fannie Mae sues nine big banks

 

Fannie Mae filed a lawsuit Thursday against nine of the world’s largest banks over losses that the mortgage finance giant suffered from the alleged ma­nipu­la­tion of the global interest rate known as Libor…

 

Post Poll: Shutdown hit Virginians more than voters nationally

Recent polls show that the 16-day government shutdown impacted Virginians more than voters nationally, which is perhaps not surprising in light of how many federal workers live in the state and the D.C. metropolitan region…

Bedford County proposal to arm school staff draws fire from School Board leaders

 

A suggestion that teachers carry guns to class has members of the Bedford County School Board firing off their disapproval. The county’s Board of Supervisors this week…

Teacher accused of embezzling will keep job

 

Wise County's schools superintendent says a high school teacher accused of embezzlement will remain on the job. The Eastside High School science teacher is accused of embezzling about $10,000 from…

Former Sherriff’s Captain suing Woody for $5.75 million

 

A former Richmond sheriff’s captain is suing Sheriff C.T. Woody Jr. for $5.75 million, alleging that she was falsely accused of leaking information to the media about Woody’s controversial…

Football-crazy ODU may be falling behind in women's sports

Among ODU's successes is its women's rowing team. In 2005, the school pledged to add softball and volleyball teams. Athletic officials say they're in the works…

 

FAA to allow air travelers to go the distance with electronic gadgets

 

Within weeks, travelers will be able to operate iPads, Kindles and even smartphones throughout a commercial flight, but calls will still be banned…

Rep. Bobby Scott leads push to reduce mandatory federal sentences

A federal lawmaker from the Peninsula is helping to lead a bipartisan effort to reduce minimum sentences for non-violent drug crimes, which he and other backers say will translate into fewer prisoners and large cost savings…

McAuliffe trounces Cuccinelli in late donations in Virginia Governor’s race

The race for cash has turned into a rout in the final days of the contest for Virginia governor, as frontrunner Terry McAuliffe has exponentially outraised Ken Cuccinelli II — particularly from companies that have legislative interests in Richmond…

Liberal billionaires spend big in 2013 elections

 

Democrats and liberal interest groups spent much of 2012 bemoaning an avalanche of outside spending from billionaires on the right, warning that ideological tycoons like the…

Terry McAuliffe up 7 points in Virginia Governor’s race: Poll

 

Democrat Terry McAuliffe maintains a 7-point edge over Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in the race to be Virginia’s next governor, with Libertarian Robert Sarvis still pulling numbers that suggest he could influence the final outcome…

Cuccinelli: Attorney general in morning. Candidate in afternoon.

An analysis of Cuccinelli's office and campaign schedules for July, August and part of September suggests he has spent more time on the trail than behind his desk…

Roanoke Times latest to endorse no one for Governor

 

The Roanoke Times on Thursday endorsed no one for governor, joining the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The News & Advance of Lynchburg in finding none of the nominated candidates worthy of support…

Democrats in strong position as election day nears

It's been two decades since Democrats simultaneously held the top three statewide offices in Virginia, but momentum suggests that streak may soon be snapped, with gubernatorial candidate…

Republicans in Northern Virginia raise money for Attorney General candidate as best hope

Dozens of Republicans – and at least one Democrat – jammed the Fairfax County home of former congressman Thomas M. Davis late Wednesday to raise money for state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain amid polls suggesting the attorney general candidate may be…

U.Va.'s Sabato offers an early look at how the House of Delegates might split

The dean of Virginia's politics-watchers, U.Va.’s Larry Sabato, has been calling for a Democratic Party sweep of the three statewide races, but he’s not seeing a tsunami that would change the Republican tone of the House of Delegates…

100th District incumbent Lewis expected to keep seat

Del. Lynwood Lewis, a Democrat in the 100th House District, is expected to easily win a sixth term next week. Lewis, 51, represents Accomack and Northampton counties and…

In 78th, Bryant denies arguing for felon's release

A Republican mailing days before the election claims House of Delegates candidate Linda Bryant, a Democrat, argued to let a convicted felon out of jail to be a police informant. While out…Lawyer: Agreement reached in ex-mansion chef's caseLawyer: Agreement reached in ex-mansion chef's case

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