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DAY CARE INSPECTIONS AMONG STATE BUDGET AMENDMENTS

By PATRICK WILSON, Virginian-Pilot

Gov. Terry McAuliffe today will propose a budget plan that funds 28 new state jobs to inspect child care centers that receive subsidies but have been exempt from licensing because of a religious exemption. The $2.7 million is part of a series of amendments in the state’s two-year budget that McAuliffe will outline for members of House and Senate financial committees this morning.

VaNews December 17, 2014


CASEY: WYTHE COUNTY MAN'S PUDDLE CAUSES VDOT MUDDLE

By DAN CASEY, Roanoke Times

Depending on your perspective, there’s either a large puddle or a small lake at the beginning of Martin Ricketts’ gravel driveway. The Wythe County resident refers to it as the latter. It’s the result of a crushed culvert that runs underneath the driveway’s entrance at the junction with Wysor Highway, aka Virginia 100.

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SLEMP: A GOOD MOVE FOR FAMILIES

By CHARLES H. SLEMP III, Roanoke Times

Imagine you’re a parent. Your child was just taken by a social worker. You are jolted, frightened and emotional. You can’t afford to hire an attorney. After the initial shock, you are left to sort through a minefield of statutory procedure and numerous court hearings. The process is complicated, hard to understand, and difficult to maneuver.

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JACKMAN: GRASSLEY SEEKS ANSWERS FROM FAIRFAX PROSECUTOR ON JOHN GEER POLICE SLAYING

By TOM JACKMAN, Washington Post

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is continuing his quest to break the silence surrounding the August 2013 Fairfax County police killing of John Geer in Springfield. After sending letters last month to the Fairfax police chief and the U.S. attorney in Alexandria, Grassley has now sent a letter to Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh, asking if the Fairfax police refused to cooperate with his investigation and why he referred the case to the U.S. attorney.

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DOUGHERTY: MORRISSEY CAN RESIGN AND HELP THE STATE OR STAY AND HELP THE HEADLINES

By KERRY DOUGHERTY, Virginian-Pilot

As if the possibility of a former governor spending a decade in prison for corruption isn’t enough embarrassment for one beleaguered state, Del. Joe Morrissey is poised to make even more ignominious Virginia history in a few weeks. Morrissey may become the first member of the General Assembly to list “jail” as his primary residence and sport an ankle bracelet when he goes to work as a lawmaker.

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SCHAPIRO: RUNNING OUT OF FRIENDS, MORRISSEY FINDS A NEW ONE

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch

David Baugh says there’s something noble about defending people whom society doesn’t like. The former federal prosecutor has done so in court, representing a Ku Klux Klansman accused of cross-burning and a Saudi linked to an embassy bombing and the attack on the USS Cole. Now, in the court of public opinion, Baugh is standing up for Joe Morrissey, the guy with whom he literally traded blows in December 1991 and two decades later told the Virginia State Bar was unfit to have his law license reinstated.

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LAWS MEAN NOTHING WITHOUT FUNDING

News Virginian

On Monday, Gov. McAuliffe rolled out a list of restrictions for gun ownership in Virginia. Some of the ideas we can fully get behind, such as placing restrictions on those who have been involved in domestic abuse cases. The problem however is the same one we constantly run into, when it comes to politics. The ideas sound great, but now how are you going to fund it? On the surface, some of these ideas sound like common sense. If someone has taken out a protective order against a person, there’s a good chance that individual doesn’t need to be handling any type of gun, as that seems to be a volatile situation.

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10 YEARS FOR MCDONNELL?

Roanoke Times

On the night of September 15, 2013, something bad, something very bad, happened outside the Bridge Street Grill in Roanoke. 2:30 a.m. A scuffle outside a bar. A man, sprawled out on the pavement, with a stab wound nearly five inches deep into his chest, deep enough to collapse a lung and penetrate his heart. Before dawn came, he was dead.

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WHAT DID UVA KNOW, AND WHEN DID IT KNOW IT?

Roanoke Times

The late Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker set the standard for investigations, with his now-classic question during the Watergate hearings: “What did the president know and when did he know it?” Change the pronoun and the same question can, and should, be asked of University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan and the now-infamous and partially discredited (but only partially) Rolling Stone article on sexual assault at the school.

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MORRISSEY TRIES GATOR DEFENSE

Richmond Times-Dispatch

According to Hollywood lore, a maid working for a flamboyant actress quit her job after discovering a baby alligator in her mistress’ bathtub. In a note explaining her departure, she wrote that she could not work in a household that included gators. She would have mentioned this before, she apologized, but did not think it would come up.

VaNews December 17, 2014