Though he was there to defend Kelly Clark against an attempted capital murder charge, Richmond attorney Joseph Morrissey at times appeared to be the main event during Clark’s court hearing on Tuesday. Morrissey and Louisa General District Court Judge Claiborne Stokes engaged in a brief shouting match as Morrissey tried to introduce information about the case, and Stokes repeatedly disallowed it.
By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
State Del. Bobby Orrock got an unexpected call Tuesday night asking if he could attend an event at the White House the next day. Republican President Donald Trump would be there. “I’m kind of like, ‘um yeah,’ ” Orrock, a Caroline County Republican, recalled with a laugh. So on Wednesday, he drove to Washington to watch Trump sign an executive order that aims to reduce the federal government’s role in K–12 education.
By CAREN CHESLER, Popular Mechanics
Horseshoe crab blood is an irreplaceable medical marvel—and so biomedical companies are bleeding 500,000 every year. Can this creature that's been around since the dinosaurs be saved?
By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Nearly four months after a former congressman from Charlottesville shocked the political establishment by jumping into the race for governor of Virginia, state Democrats are locked in a contest that they didn’t want but that the whole country is watching. On Saturday, the two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination meet in their first debate ahead of the June 13 primary. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who spent years laying the groundwork for this run, will square off in Fairfax against challenger Tom Perriello, who has taken the mantle of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and others looking to reinvent the Democratic brand.
Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Corey Stewart began his campaign for governor with great promise. He had run Donald Trump’s campaign in Virginia, at least until he got fired for being a little too enthusiastic for Trump. There was a realistic scenario by which the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors would be able to mount a Trump-like campaign for the Republican nomination for governor. That didn’t happen.
By FRANK GREEN , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
A disciplinary hearing has been set for August on Virginia State Bar complaints — one filed by former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder — alleging misconduct against area lawyer Joseph D. Morrissey. The Aug. 2-3 hearing will be before a three-judge panel at the Richmond Circuit Court John Marshall Courts Building in Richmond and will be open to the public. Reached by telephone Thursday, Morrissey, a former state delegate, declined to comment.
By JAMES CULLUM, Alexandria Times
City officials are reeling after Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law a bill that will require Alexandria to have its aged sewer system outfalls updated by 2025. It was an outcome that city leaders were making efforts to avoid, including sending a formal written request for McAuliffe to veto the bill.
By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Corey Stewart, the Republican running for Virginia governor as a defender of Confederate flags and monuments, got into a Twitter fight this week with - among others - musician John Legend, crime novelist Laura Lippman and David Simon, creator of the HBO series “The Wire”. Along the way, Stewart added fuel to the Internet sparring by seeming to defend an apparent anti-Semite.
By SEAN GORMAN , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday touted a new state law that aims to crack down on cigarette traffickers who buy their smokes for cheap in Virginia before sending them north for a tidy profit on the black market. McAuliffe said cigarette trafficking robs the state of key revenue. The perpetrators often buy the cigarettes legally on a wholesale basis at big-box stores — without paying taxes — before reselling them illegally.
By GRAHAM MOOMAW AND K. BURNELL EVANS , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Departing Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dana Bedden copied text from other sources without proper attribution throughout his 2006 doctoral dissertation at Virginia Tech, a review by the Richmond Times-Dispatch found. To receive his doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies, Bedden submitted a 130-page academic paper that included large blocks of text taken almost word-for-word from court opinions and other academic publications without quotation marks or indentation.