INVESTMENT FRAUD-FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN
Fla. congressman lost $18M in scheme
McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Court papers show a Florida congressman lost $18 million in a scheme that cheated him and more than 100 other people out of money.
Florida Democrat Alan Grayson should have been able to cash in on tens of millions of dollars in returns on his stock portfolio, but prosecutors say a Virginia man behind the scheme sold the stocks out from under Grayson when they should have been kept as loan collateral.
William Dean Chapman, of Sterling, Va., was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for cheating 122 investors out of more than $35 million.
Court papers indicate no wrongdoing on Grayson's part.
Funds proposed for Virginia prisoner re-entry
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is set to recommend new funding for prisoner re-entry and rights restoration when lays out his two-year spending plan next week.
Officials said Monday that McDonnell's budget will include funding for both policy areas.
The prisoner re-entry initiatives include funding for emergency housing for offenders upon release and increased funds for inmate education programs. It also provides funding to match a federal grant for substance abuse treatment services.
On the rights restoration initiative, McDonnell is proposing increased funding to support the operations and management of the automatic restoration of civil rights process.
POULTRY PROCESSING JOBS
Va company reopening poultry processing facility
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A newly formed Harrisonburg company is planning to reopen a former Pilgrim's Pride poultry processing facility, creating the equivalent of 102 full-time jobs.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said Monday that Shenandoah Processing will invest more than $2.2 million in the project.
The company also plans to purchase an additional $160 million of Virginia grown poultry over the next three years. The facility will serve the growing market for organically raised and "all-natural" chicken.
Officials say the facility start-up will involve Shenandoah Processing leasing the facility and up-fitting with processing equipment. It will go from processing approximately 20,000 birds a day in year one to 30,000 birds a day in year two to 50,000 birds a day in year three.
Va. recount court sets ground rules in AG's race
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The recount in Virginia's historically close race for attorney general is taking shape, with a three-judge panel establishing more ground rules.
The recount court met for the first time Monday in Richmond to establish rules for a recount that begins in one week. Republican Mark Obenshain sought the recount after he trailed Democrat Mark Herring by a scant 165 votes out of 2.2 million ballots cast statewide.
The arguments between attorneys for Herring and Obenshain boil down to how many disputed ballots will wind up before the recount court next week.
The court on Monday agreed to allow Chesapeake and Alexandria to begin their recount on the Dec. 16, when Fairfax County is recounting its ballots. The court also defined the role of partisan observers in the recount.
Va Rep. Bobby Scot attending Mandela memorial
(AP) - Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott is joining a congressional delegation to South Africa to attend memorial services for former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Officials say the delegation left early Monday to head to Johannesburg for Mandela's memorial services on Tuesday.
The ceremony is expected to draw numerous world leaders including President Barack Obama.
Mandela died Thursday at age 95.
Upon Mandela's passing, Scott said the world lost one of its most unwavering advocates for freedom, democracy, and equality.
Former defense contractor enters guilty plea
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A former Defense Department contractor is facing prison time after pleading guilty to charges related to the removal of classified materials.
Federal prosecutors say 50-year-old Bruce Schliemann, of Austin, Texas, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville on Monday.
He faces up to one year in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000 when he is sentenced.
According to a statement of facts filed in court, the retired Navy SEAL was working for a Defense Department contractor in San Diego in 2010.
Officials say in April 2010, Schliemann downloaded classified information from a classified computer in a secure facility to a personal thumb drive. That information was then emailed to employees of another defense contractor in Virginia. The information was then subsequently transmitted to other unauthorized persons.
Mental health initiatives to be announced in Va
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell is set to announce action on mental health care initiatives in Virginia.
A news conference is set for Tuesday in Richmond.
Virginia mental health officials last week announced changes in 2014 to ensure that hospital beds will be available for people who pose a danger to themselves or others.
The promised new protocols follow the November death of a Virginia state senator's son less than one day after he had been released from emergency custody.
Austin "Gus" Deeds attacked his father, Sen. Creigh Deeds, and then killed himself.
Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources William A. Hazel Jr. also was expected to make recommendations to McDonnell on how to fix gaps in the system which may have contributed to the fatal sequence of events in Bath.
Norfolk Southern donating more funds
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Railroad operator Norfolk Southern says money from a painting sold at auction last month will benefit three more charitable causes.
The company sold its untitled 1959 Mark Rothko painting from its extensive collection for about $3.7 million through a New York auction.
Norfolk Southern already had said it would donate $1.5 million to help fund steam locomotive restoration project.
Officials say it also is making a $500,000 donation to ACCESS College Foundation in Norfolk to expand programming and provide scholarships from students in Hampton Roads.
Feeding America Southwest Virginia in Roanoke will receive $252,000 to purchase a new roof for the food bank.
The Harrison Museum of African American Culture in Roanoke also will receive $25,000 that will enable the museum to purchase exhibits and displays.
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