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VaNews - July 22, 2014

Today's Sponsor: Virginia Public Safety Foundation (VPSF)

Announcing the start of construction of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial at Capitol Square, honoring 868 Virginians who have died in public safety service. www.vpsf.org

Compiled by Bernadette Kinlaw

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

BILL WOULD FUND HAMPTON ROADS VETERANS CARE CENTER

By BILL SIZEMORE
Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

State lawmakers' loss may turn out to be military veterans' gain. After Gov. Terry McAuliffe refused to proceed with a $300 million Capitol Square legislative office building coveted by General Assembly leaders, a bill has been introduced earmarking part of that funding for a new veterans health care center in Hampton Roads.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY MAKES FIRST MOVE TO SPEED FUNDS FOR HAMPTON VETERAN CARE CENTER

By DAVE RESS
Daily Press (Paywall for certain articles)

One of the first bills on the next General Assembly's to-do list will be funding for a long-delayed Veterans Care Center in Hampton, as well as a similar center in Northern Virginia. House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox's proposal would use some proceeds from a $300 million bond sale meant to pay for renovation of the legislature's office building as the state share of the cost of the centers, which are meant to provide long-term care for infirm and aging veterans.

FIRST BILLS FOR 2015 ASSEMBLY SESSION EMERGE

By DAVE RESS
Daily Press (Paywall for certain articles)

In addition to House Majority Leader Kirk Cox's proposal to speed up funding -- at least the state share of funding -- for veterans care centers in Hampton and Northern Virginia (you can read about it here), other initiatives for the 2015 legislative session emerged today. Del. Peter Farrell, R-Henrico, has proposed a bill that prohibits law enforcement from searching cellphones and other digital devices without obtaining a search warrant.

MCDONNELL CASE

MCDONNELL WANTS TO KEEP PRIVATE A SUBPOENA FOR OUT-OF-STATE OFFICIAL

By ANDREW CAIN
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Bob McDonnell is asking a federal judge for permission to keep private a subpoena for a public official from another state who might be called to testify at the former governor’s upcoming corruption trial. “At trial, Mr. McDonnell may call a fact witness, who happens to be a public official in another state, to testify to certain conversations the witness had in a personal capacity, unrelated to the witness’s official work,” lawyers for McDonnell say in a document filed in U.S. District Court.

HOLTZMAN DONATES $10,000 TO MCDONNELL'S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

By JOE BECK
Northern Virginia Daily

William Holtzman, CEO of Holtzman Oil Corp. in Mount Jackson, gave $10,000 in recent months to the legal defense fund of former Gov. Robert F. McDonnell in McDonnell's fight against federal corruption charges

STATE ELECTIONS

TWO MORE VIE TO SUCCEED MARSH IN STATE SENATE

By GRAHAM MOOMAW
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The list of candidates running to replace former state Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, a Democrat, doubled to four Monday with campaign announcements from a former Richmond mayor and a businessman who has had ventures in radio, newspapers and professional wrestling. Attorney Rudolph “Rudy” C. McCollum Jr., who served as the city’s last council-appointed mayor before the switch to the strong-mayor form of government in 2004, announced Monday that he will also be seeking the Democratic nomination for the 16th District Senate seat.

FEDERAL ELECTIONS

SEVENTH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN FUND-RAISING WELL UNDERWAY

By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION
Culpeper Star Exponent (Modified Pay Wall)

Campaign fund-raising in the three-way Seventh District Congressional race is well underway with the Republican nominee generating the most cash so far, according to the latest campaign finance filings.

STATE GOVERNMENT

FUNDS AVAILABLE IN VA. TO ADDRESS MILITARY IMPACTS

Associated Press

Funding is available for Virginia localities to address issues related to encroachment of military or security installations. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the grants are being supported by $4.36 million from the Virginia Federal Action Contingency Trust Fund.

VA. WAS STILL 'STREETING' PATIENTS EARLY IN 2014

By MICHAEL MARTZ
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

More than three dozen people who posed a threat to themselves or others were released from emergency custody orders in the first four months of this year — six of them with no further evaluation or treatment — before Virginia law changed to stop a phenomenon known as “streeting.” Debra Ferguson, the new state commissioner of behavioral health and developmental services, said half of those whose custody order expired without a placement for further psychiatric evaluation were admitted to hospitals for medical treatment and most of the rest eventually found other sources of help.

ONE OPTION FOR PORT AUTHORITY: $10M TREASURY LOAN

By ROBERT MCCABE
Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

In hard times like these, it's a deal a lot of people might want. Picture being able to borrow a few thousand bucks for mortgage or car payments you're struggling to make, drawing on a one-year loan with an interest rate of about 2 percent. On a grander scale, that's what the Virginia Port Authority can do, courtesy of a $10 million treasury loan from the state's Department of Accounts, effective June 26.

CONGRESS

FOR CONNOLLY, OPENING OF SILVER LINE REPRESENTS SUCCESS OVER MULTIPLE HURDLES

By BRIAN TROMPETER
Sun Gazette

U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-11th) made the Silver Line his top priority as far back as 1995, when he won a special election to serve as Providence District supervisor following Katherine Hanley’s ascension to Board of Supervisors chairman.

ECONOMY/BUSINESS

RICHMOND LABORATORY ENDS P&H PRACTICE OF REIMBURSING HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS

By JOHN REID BLACKWELL
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Richmond-based Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc., one of the region’s fastest-growing companies, said Monday that it is cooperating with a federal government investigation into certain practices in the clinical laboratory industry. The company also said it has stopped offering a type of reimbursement to health care providers for sending blood samples to its laboratory, a practice that prompted a recent industrywide warning from government regulators.

VIRGINIA OYSTER HARVEST SURGES TO HALF A MILLION BUSHELS

By TAMARA DIETRICH
Daily Press (Paywall for certain articles)

If the 60 percent jump in Virginia's oyster harvest in 2012 wasn't enough, last year the state logged another 25 percent surge — making that harvest the biggest since 1987. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that the state's oyster bounty for 2013 was 504,000 bushels, compared to 409,000 the previous year.

ARCH COAL ANNOUNCES LAYOFFS OF MORE THAN 200

By ALLIE ROBINSON GIBSON
Bristol Herald Courier

he Cumberland River Coal Co. complex will be idled, Arch Coal officials announced Monday.

VIRGINIA OTHER

REALIGNMENT STUDY RAISES FEARS AROUND FORT LEE

By JOHN RAMSEY
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Fort Lee could lose more than half of its permanently assigned soldiers and Army civilians by 2020 under a worst-case scenario outlined in a recent Army review. The cuts could cripple nearby businesses, draining $338.4 million in sales from the economy and possibly forcing teacher layoffs in neighboring Prince George County, where 1 in 3 students have military parents.