State Government

Law & Crime
6:25 am
Wed January 22, 2014

McDonnell Indictment Prompts Response

Credit www.timesdisptatch.com

Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been indicted by a federal jury on 14 counts related to gifts and loans they received from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. McDonnell made a public statement at a Richmond law firm and said they have been falsely accused.  He stated that he never promised—and Jonnie Williams and Star Scientific never received—any government benefit of any kind from him or his administration.  He noted that the federal investigation has been indescribably agonizing, but he believes that the facts and the law are on his side.

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Law & Crime
5:17 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Former Gov. McDonnell & Wife Indicted on Federal Charges

Just weeks after leaving the Governor’s mansion, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been indicted for illegally accepting gifts and loans during his tenure.

The 14-count, 43-page  federal indictment details how the couple accepted more than $135,000  in gifts, loans and trips from the former CEO of Star Scientific, Jonnie Williams, also a political donor.

In exchange, the indictment claims the Governor and his office were helping promote the company’s struggling dietary supplement business and attempted to conceal the scheme.

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Hearing for Sex Offenders
4:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Bill Tackles Criminal Name Changes

It’s fairly easy for people in Virginia to change their name, but when it comes to sex offenders, one state lawmaker thinks it should be more difficult.

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VA Senate Votes to Repeal
4:23 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Hybrid Tax Issue

The annual license tax imposed on hybrid vehicles as part of last year’s transportation-funding law may be on its way out.  The Virginia Senate has voted overwhelmingly to repeal the tax, which was never popular in the first place.

Lawmakers who did not want to jeopardize the transportation compromise last year now feel free to get rid of that provision.

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Emergency Custody Orders & Available Facilities
4:35 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Mental Health Legislation Moves Forward

At least one of the mental health bills sponsored by State Senator Creigh Deeds is moving forward to the next stage without any opposition.

After being released from emergency custody after psychiatric beds were not found, Deeds’ son stabbed him and subsequently killed himself.

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