Judge issues how-to order in Va. AG's recount
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A recount court's chief judge has outlined the rules governing the recount in the race for Virginia attorney general.
The order issued Wednesday by Richmond Circuit Judge Beverly Snukals stakes out many procedures that have been previously outlined at court hearings.
In the final order, the court allows attorneys for Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain access to a full array of election materials.
Herring's attorneys had attempted to limit access to election materials that would not be relevant in a recount. But Obenshain's team argued those materials would be needed if either candidate pursued a contested election before the General Assembly.
Herring's attorneys successfully argued that partisan recount observers should not be allowed to "suggest" which ballots should be subject to challenge.
Herring has a 165-vote edge.
VIRGINIA LACROSSE SLAYING
Judges hear slay appeal of ex-U.Va. lax player
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Court of Appeals of Virginia is weighing a request for a new trial by a former University of Virginia lacrosse player who was convicted in the 2010 beating death of his ex-girlfriend.
The three-judge panel heard arguments Wednesday from the state and an attorney for George W. Huguely V, who was convicted in February 2012 in the slaying of Yeardley Love of suburban Baltimore.
Most of the one-hour hearing focused on a 6th amendment question: whether Huguely was denied counsel when one of his attorneys became ill during his trial in Charlottesville.
Attorney Paul D. Clement is also raising three other issues in seeking a new trial for Huguely, who is from Chevy Chase, Md.
Huguely is serving a 23-year prison term for Love's slaying.
Arlington considering limiting gifts to teachers
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - The Arlington County School Board is considering a policy that would limit the amount parents can spend on gifts to teachers to $100 over the course of a school year.
The Washington Post reports the policy wouldn't include homemade gifts such as cookies, funds given to teachers to buy classroom supplies, funds for professional development and Teacher of the Year or other awards. Parents would also be allowed to combine resources to give a more generous gift.
The policy is scheduled to be voted on Dec. 19.
Hooker Furniture President Alan Cole to retire
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Hooker Furniture Corporation President Alan Cole is stepping down next year.
The Martinsville-based furniture maker said Wednesday that Cole's retirement is effective Feb. 2, 2014. His successor will be Hooker Upholstery President Michael Delgetti, who also is the company's executive vice president of sales.
Cole began working at Hooker Furniture in 2007 as executive vice president of upholstery operations. He later was named president of Hooker Upholstery and then president of the company.
EASTERN SHORE ARSONS
Judge denies 2nd move of Eastern Shore arson trial
ACCOMAC , Va. (AP) - A judge has refused to again move the trial of a woman charged in a series of fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
Tonya S. Bundick's trial was moved from Accomack County to Virginia Beach in October.
Media outlets report that Accomack County Circuit Court Judge Glen A. Tyler denied Bundick's second change of venue request on Wednesday.
The 40-year-old Bundick told the judge that portions of co-defendant Charles R. Smith III's confession aired on news stations in Hampton Roads. She said she's concerned she won't get a fair trial in Virginia Beach.
Bundick faces 63 arson counts and a conspiracy charge stemming from a string of fires in 2012 and 2012. Her trial is set for Jan. 13.
Smith has pleaded guilty to 67 arson counts and a conspiracy charge.
Rosetta Stone buying Tell Me More for $28 million
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Foreign language education company Rosetta Stone is buying language-learning software company Tell Me More SA for $28 million including assumed debt.
Rosetta Stone President and CEO Steve Swad says the transaction will give the company a presence in China and bolster its European operations. In addition, the company plans to put Tell Me More's products in some of its consumer markets.
Tell Me More currently serves more than 3,000 customers globally.
Rosetta Stone Inc. expects the acquisition to contribute bookings of $25 million to $27 million in 2014.
The deal is targeted to close in January.
Judge issues gag order in Va. abduction case
LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) - A Nelson County judge has prohibited law enforcement officers and lawyers from speaking about an abduction case involving a missing teenager.
Media outlets report that Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Gamble approved a prosecution motion for a gag order during a hearing on Wednesday.
The order also applies to employees of lawyers involved in Randy Taylor's case.
Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin says he requested the order in an attempt to ensure an impartial jury for Taylor's trial. He cited media coverage of case.
Taylor is scheduled to stand trial Feb. 3 on an abduction charge. The charge stems from the disappearance of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy of Shipman in August.
Cousins to start for Washington, RG3 will be No. 3
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Kirk Cousins will start for the Washington Redskins on Sunday - and Robert Griffin III will be the No. 3 quarterback behind Rex Grossman.
Coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday went ahead with his plan to sit Griffin, further stoking the turmoil surrounding the future of the coach.
Shanahan said on Monday that he was considering benching Griffin for the rest of the season to keep the quarterback healthy for the offseason. Shanahan pointed out at Griffin has been sacked 24 times in the last five games and that two of the Redskins' final three games are on artificial turf, including Sunday at Atlanta.
But there's no certainty that Shanahan will be the coach next year. The Redskins are 3-10, their third losing season in his four years in Washington.
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