Dec 14

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the bribery and extortion convictions of former Newport News Del. Phil Hamilton, rejecting the notion that incriminating emails between Hamilton and his wife should have been withheld from evidence claiming private communications between spouses are assumed to be confidential, and therefore privileged. Hamilton was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison and is serving his sentence at a low-security federal prison at Fort Dix, N.J. He entered the prison in September 2011.
 
 
Virginia is among the nation’s top 10 states when it comes to winter farmers’ markets. Virginia has 53 markets selling jams, jellies, honey, milk, eggs, cheese and meat products. Produce available during colder months include apples, greens such as spinach, herbs and sweet potatoes. Winter markets account for about one-fourth of the nearly 8,000 farmers’ markets listed in the USDA national directory.
 
 
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on Thursday proposed initiatives that include 2 percent salary increases for all public school teachers in Virginia. The governor’s proposal is the first time teachers would be in line for state-supported salary increases since 2007. The salary increase is contingent upon passage of the Educator Fairness Act. The legislation would extend the probationary window for teachers from 3 to 5 years and provide for a definition of incompetence to include one or more unsatisfactory performance evaluations.
 
 
A child advocacy group has issued a report criticizing the Virginia judicial system’s handling of child abuse cases. The National Association to PROTECT Children says its analysis of more than five years of court data shows that only a small percentage of reported crimes against children are prosecuted in Virginia. Most of those are disposed of by plea bargain, and very few cases result in meaningful prison sentences. The report says three of the seven circuit court judges being interviewed show troubling patterns of sentencing in crimes against children.
 
 
IN THE MONTH SINCE THE LINCOLN MOVIE HAS OPENED, THE VIRGINIA TOURISM CORPORATION HAS SEEN A HUGE JUMP IN WEB TRAFFIC, AND 4000 ENTRIES INTO THEIR “LINCOLN” SWEEPSTAKES COMPETITION. THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN 500 STORIES ON THE MOVIE. THE V-T-C IS EXPECTING THIS WAVE TO CONTINUE AS WELL, ESPECIALLY AS AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS COME OUT. THE MOVIE IS EXPECTED TO GET NUMEROUS NOMINATIONS, AND THE V-T-C ACTUALLY HAS PLANS TO TIE ADVERTISING TO THEM. SPOKESWOMAN TAMRA TALMADGE-ANDERSON SAYS NOT ENOUGH TIME HAS PASSED, HOWEVER, TO SAY WHETHER TOURIST VISITS TO THE AREA ARE INCREASING.

December 14, 2012 |

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