Dec. 17-18 set for recount in Va. AG's race
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The recount in Virginia's historically close race for attorney general has been scheduled for Dec. 17 and 18.
Richmond Circuit Judge Beverly W. Snukals set those dates at a hearing Wednesday, allowing Fairfax County to begin its recount on the 17th with the rest of the state's localities joining in the next day. The additional time was given to Fairfax County because of its population and array of voting machines.
Once localities complete the recount, a three-judge recount court will convene to settle any challenged ballots.
Democrat Mark Herring has a 165-vote edge over Republican Mark Obenshain in the closest statewide race in modern Virginia political history.
Obenshain requested the recount, which will be done at taxpayer expense.
Both men are hoping to succeed Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
McAuliffe: Bipartisan outreach during transition
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe says he is reaching out to former governors of both parties as he prepares to take office next month.
McAuliffe said Wednesday that he has spoken to former Democratic governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and former Republican governor Jim Gilmore in recent days to pick their brains about the office.
He said he is in daily contact with current Gov. Bob McDonnell, and he praised McDonnell for going out of his way to aid in the transition.
McAuliffe also said he expects Medicaid expansion to be a big issue in the upcoming legislative session and he is looking for ways to bring skeptics on board.
McAuliffe was the featured speaker at the annual AP Day at the Capital event, held at the Richmond-Times Dispatch offices.
USS New York leaves Norfolk for new Fla. homeport
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The USS New York is on its way to a new homeport in Florida.
The amphibious transport dock ship left Norfolk Naval Station on Wednesday. It's scheduled to arrive at Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday.
The New York's commanding officer, Capt. Jon Kreitz, told The Virginian-Pilot that the move is bittersweet for many crew members.
Kreitz says many have spent large parts of their careers in Hampton Roads. But they're also excited to go to Mayport.
The New York's cargo includes more than 201 crewmembers' personal vehicles.
The ship is the first of three Hampton Roads-based ships that the Navy is moving to Mayport. The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and the dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry will move to Mayport in 2014.
Suffolk delegate to head House Appropriations
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican Del. Chris Jones of Suffolk is the new chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
House Speaker Bill Howell on Wednesday appointed Jones to succeed Del. Lacey Putney of Bedford, who is retiring after more than 50 years in the House of Delegates.
Because of unusually high turnover, Jones is one of seven new committee chairmen in the Republican-controlled House. The others are Ed Scott of Madison County, Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources; Steve Landes of Augusta County, Education; Lee Ware of Powhatan County, Finance; Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah County, General Laws; Barbara Comstock of Fairfax County, Science and Technology; and Tom Rust of Fairfax County, Transportation.
Six other committee chairmen were reappointed.
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Toronto mayor to appear on DC sports radio show
WASHINGTON (AP) - Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will make a weekly appearance on "The Sports Junkies," a Washington-based radio show.
WJFK-FM announced Wednesday that Ford will call into the show to pick NFL games and talk sports. His appearances are tentatively scheduled for Thursdays at 8:40 a.m.
Ford acknowledged last month that he smoked crack cocaine "probably a year ago" when he was in a "drunken stupor." That admission, his acknowledgment of frequent binge drinking and a series of outbursts led the city council to strip Ford of most of his powers. His office budget was slashed and his staff was allowed to join the deputy mayor.
Ford has refused to step down and denies he has a problem with alcohol, although he says he's quit drinking.
Luray Caverns gives $50,000 to restore battlefield
WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) - Luray Caverns Corp. has donated $50,000 to help pay for restoring part of a Civil War battlefield near Winchester.
The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation plans to restore the 30-acre Middle Field portion of the Third Battle of Winchester site. The project will cost about $500,000.
The Winchester Star reports that Luray Caverns presented its donation to the foundation Tuesday night during a reception at The George Washington Hotel.
Foundation executive director Denman Zirkle says the donation increases the total raised to about $130,000.
About 55,000 Confederate and Union troops fought during the battle on Sept. 19, 1864. There were 8,630 casualties.
The Middle Field project is part of an overall $2.2 million restoration effort to restore the battlefield.
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