FORMER GOVERNOR TRIAL
Opening statements set in ex-Va. governor's trial
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Opening statements are scheduled in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys will lay out their case for an eight-man, four-woman jury Tuesday. Jury selection took all day Monday.
The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific, in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial is expected to last at least five weeks.
The prosecution will begin presenting its case after opening statements. At some point, Williams is expected to testify under immunity as the government's star witness.
Among the possible defense witnesses are former Gov. Doug Wilder and former state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Federal court: Virginia marriage is for all
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An appeals court's decision to strike down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban adds to the growing list of decrees on a hot-button issue that will likely end up being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Monday ruled that state laws barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution.
It's the second federal appellate court to overturn gay marriage bans, after the Denver circuit.
The ruling also is testing concepts of states' rights and traditional, conservative moral values that have long held sway in the South.
The 2-1 ruling applies throughout the circuit that also includes West Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas, where the attorneys general split Monday on what they'll do next.
DC mayor to sign bill banning Styrofoam
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mayor Vincent Gray plans to sign a bill that would ban the use of plastic foam food containers in the District of Columbia.
The ban on Styrofoam and similar materials is part of a larger environmental cleanup bill approved by the D.C. Council.
Gray plans to sign the bill on Tuesday. The District would join cities including Seattle and San Francisco that have banned plastic foam for environmental reasons. The ban will take effect starting in 2016. Meat trays in grocery stores will be exempt.
Four years ago, the District imposed a 5-cent fee on plastic bags, which advocates credit for reducing the number of discarded bags that end up in the Anacostia River.
Va. man charged with leaving 2 kids home alone
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A Newport News man has been charged with leaving his two children alone at home.
WAVY-TV reports Newport News police charged 26-year-old Bryan Shaffer with two counts of child neglect.
Police say the grandparents of the 4-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl told officers that Shaffer was in charge of the children Saturday night. But he wasn't there when they went to the home about 2 a.m. Sunday.
Shaffer was arrested upon returning home. Police say the children were sleeping and unharmed when the grandparents arrived.
Child Protective Services workers have been notified of the case.
ART-CORCORAN GALLERY FUTURE
University chiefs to testify on Corcoran merger
WASHINGTON (AP) - The presidents of George Washington University and the University of Maryland have been called to testify on their merger talks with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college.
The testimony expected this week comes as the Corcoran's merger with George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art is being debated in court.
George Washington President Steven Knapp is scheduled to testify Tuesday. University of Maryland President Wallace Loh has been called by opponents of the deal to testify Thursday. The University of Maryland's talks with the Corcoran fell through.
Nine Corcoran students, faculty and staff members are challenging the merger in court.
The Corcoran's board must win approval to go forward with the merger. Corcoran attorneys say the museum is in survival mode after years of financial shortfalls.
Virginia teen cleared of charge in fatal crash
HANOVER, Va. (AP) - A Virginia teenager who drove a car full of friends after attending an all-day concert has been cleared of an involuntary manslaughter charge in a crash that killed a passenger.
Hanover County Circuit Judge J. Overton Harris dismissed a jury Monday in the case of 19-year-old Elizabeth Ellen Vican of Ruther Glen.
A grand jury indicted Vican in February.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Harris ruled on a motion by defense attorney Craig Cooley, who said there was unsufficient evidence that Vican had fallen asleep. Court records show the car ran off U.S. Route 360 last July and slammed into a tree. The crash killed 23-year-old Benjamin Lewis Parks of Chesterfield. Vican suffered a serious head injury.
Vican and several friends had attended the Whoville music festival in Richmond County.
Wegmans plans 10 new supermarkets in 5 states
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Wegmans Food Markets says it plans to add 10 new stores in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions over the next year or two.
The supermarket chain based in Rochester, N.Y., says it's planning to open four stores in Virginia, two each in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and one each in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
The first of the new stores will open this fall in Burlington, Massachusetts. Two others are scheduled to open in 2015 in Alexandria Virginia, and Westwood, Massachusetts, while opening dates for the others have yet to be determined.
Wegmans currently has 84 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts.
The company is continuing to upgrade or replace stores in older markets, including New York state, where Wegmans has 46 stores.
Senate confirms Harris nomination to appeals court
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Pamela Harris to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Harris fills a vacancy on the court created when Judge Andre Davis took senior status in February.
The Fourth Circuit is based in Richmond and has appellate jurisdiction over district courts in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Harris is a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. She previously served in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice.
The Potomac, Maryland, resident earned bachelor's and law degrees from Yale.
The Senate confirmed the nomination Monday.
SENATE ELECTIONS-EXPORT BANK
Senate Dems seek to split GOP on export bank
WASHINGTON (AP) - Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? Most voters in Louisiana and Virginia probably aren't either.
Yet Democratic Sens. Mary Landrieu and Mark Warner are building campaign events around the bank's proposed reauthorization. They portray it as a job creator that must be protected against tea party ideologues.
The bank provides loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance to foreign buyers of U.S. products. Its charter expires if Congress doesn't renew it by October.
Questions about the Export-Import Bank's future are splitting Republican lawmakers and forcing tough choices in key Senate races.
Democrats see a chance to label their GOP opponents as beholden to the ideological right and at odds with the Chamber of Commerce, which supports the bank.
Opposing it are several conservative groups influential in GOP primaries and anti-establishment Republican circles.
Sailor aboard Va.-based destroyer dies
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Pentagon says a sailor assigned to a Norfolk-based destroyer has died during deployment.
Media outlets report 23-year-old Yeshabel Villot Carrasco of Parma, Ohio, died aboard the destroyer James E. Williams.
The Pentagon described the circumstances surrounding the death as a "non-hostile incident."
The ship left Norfolk in May for an eight-month deployment and was in the Red Sea at the time of her June 19 death.
The Navy says she enlisted in April 2013 and the James E. Williams was her first assignment.
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