FORMER GOVERNOR TRIAL
Trial reveals governor's wife had 'crush' on CEO
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An attorney for the wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says their marriage was broken and the former first lady developed a crush on a businessman who gave the McDonnells gifts and cash.
The statement came during the couple's corruption trial.
The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for helping promote his dietary supplements company.
Maureen McDonnell's lawyer William A. Burck said Tuesday during opening statements that the former first lady was "duped" by Williams into thinking he cared for her.
Burck said Williams also fooled the Department of Justice and has received immunity from a $10 million stock fraud investigation in exchange for testifying against the McDonnells.
The former governor's lawyers' opening statements are to follow.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL TAX HOLIDAY
Va. to hold back-to-school sales tax holiday
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is giving shoppers a break on buying back-to-school supplies.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin Friday and run through Sunday.
During the three-day holiday, shoppers at retail stores statewide won't have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to $20.
Shoes and most clothing items priced up to $100 also will be exempt from the sales tax.
The Department of Taxation has posted a list of eligible items and guidelines on its website, http://www.tax.virginia.gov.
DMV-MOBILE SERVICE CENTERS
DMV's mobile service centers traveling across Va.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' mobile service centers are travelling across the state to better help customers.
Officials say the five "DMV 2 Go" service centers are making stops around the state in August. Each full service office provides all DMV transactions.
And the DMV's partnership with other government agencies also will allow customers to buy copies of Virginia birth certificates, obtain E-ZPass transponders and apply for their hunting or fishing licenses.
A full list of upcoming stops can be found at www.dmvNOW.com/DMV2GO.
3 sites make shortlist for new FBI headquarters
WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government has named three sites as finalists for the new FBI headquarters - two in suburban Maryland and one in northern Virginia.
The General Services Administration released its shortlist of potential sites on Tuesday. They are: near the Greenbelt Metro station in Maryland; on the site of a former mall in Landover, Maryland; or at a warehouse complex in Franconia, Virginia.
The GSA has been looking to move the FBI out of the hulking, 38-year-old J. Edgar Hoover building in downtown Washington. The building sits on valuable real estate on Pennsylvania Avenue, midway between the White House and the Capitol.
The GSA will now start to assess the environmental impact of building on the three sites, take comments from the public and solicit bids from potential developers.
Repairs set for I-77 tunnel along W.Va.-Va. border
PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) - Some lanes of an Interstate 77 tunnel along the Virginia-West Virginia border where a truck fire occurred are being rerouted for repairs.
The northbound lanes of the East River Mountain Tunnel will be closed through 8 a.m. Wednesday, and from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 7 a.m. Thursday.
Northbound traffic will be diverted to the southbound side of the tunnel. Transportation officials say traffic in both directions will alternate and travelers should expect significant delays.
Burning cardboard on the truck sent thick, black smoke throughout the tunnel Friday, forcing it to close in both directions.
US mine agency seeks civil penalty criteria change
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Federal mine regulators are proposing a change in the criteria for civil penalties for health and safety violations.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday it will publish a proposed rule that would increase attention on more serious safety and health conditions.
The proposal is structured to encourage mine operators to be more accountable. Minimum penalties for violations that constitute more than just ordinary negligence would increase.
Total penalties proposed by MSHA and the distribution of the penalty amount by mine size would remain generally the same, while the penalty amount for small metal and nonmetal mines would decrease. The existing minimum and maximum penalties for non-flagrant violations won't change.
MSHA says the proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on Friday.
Sheriff: Campground hit by tornado may open soon
CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - The Northampton County Sheriff's Office says the Eastern Shore campground that was struck by a tornado, resulting in two deaths may reopen soon.
The sheriff's office released a statement on Tuesday saying the Cherrystone Campground on the Chesapeake Bay is expected to reopen on Friday morning.
The campground was hit by a tornado last week. The storm knocked down trees and flipped over campers. The sheriff's office says more than two dozen people were treated for injuries by local hospitals. Most of those patients have been released, although one person remains in critical condition.
A community cleanup is scheduled for Thursday morning.
New Va. school opens doors after 2011 quake
LOUISA, Va. (AP) - The doors are open at a new elementary school in Louisa County built to replace one destroyed by a 2011 earthquake.
The Free Lance-Star reports that officials held a ribbon-cutting Monday at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.
The magnitude-5.8 earthquake that was centered in Mineral in 2011 destroyed both the elementary and high schools. Students have since attended classes in other schools and rented trailers.
Construction on the new high school is expected to be finished for the 2015-16 school year.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, students and their families explored the new facility that will serve as their home once the school year begins on Aug. 13.
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