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Former Va. governor's corruption trial begins

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.

Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial in federal court begins at 10 a.m. Monday and is expected to last at least five weeks.

McDonnell was a rising national star in the Republican party and was considered a possible Mitt Romney running mate in 2012 before the federal investigation ruined his political future. He has apologized for what he described as bad judgment and repaid about $120,000 in gifts and loans, but has denied breaking any laws.


Richmond man makes plea deal in woman's death

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Richmond man has agreed to plead guilty in the slaying of a woman during an argument.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Jamarr R. Hursey agreed to a deal Friday in which he would receive a 20-year prison term for pleading guilty to second-degree murder. He had been charged with first-degree murder.

Richmond Prosecutor Sharon Carr says Hursey struck 20-year-old Samantha Myers at least 20 times in the head with a hammer. Police found Myers' body in a ravine March 24.

Carr says Hursey and his girlfriend, Selena Y. Hairston, were arguing with Myers about Myers' Social Security checks.

Hairston was sentenced this month to 17 years after entering an Alford plea to second-degree murder.

Myers' stepsister, Yvette Hairston, faces charges of concealing a dead body and destroying evidence.


Government said to suppress evidence in Blackwater

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawyers for Blackwater security guards are accusing the government of suppressing evidence favorable to the defendants, who are accused in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.

The attorneys say the suppressed evidence consists of photographs of eight spent shell casings that would fit an AK-47 - the weapon of choice used by insurgents and Iraqi authorities.

A court filing by the defense attorneys says the photographs were taken by a U.S. Army captain and that they never saw the light of day until federal prosecutors turned them over last Wednesday.

The photos could become an important part of the case. They might bolster the accounts of the security guards, who say they were being fired upon by insurgents and that the guards were simply returning fire.


Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

NEW YORK (AP) - Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.

Stockholders of Family Dollar Stores will receive $59.60 in cash and the equivalent of $14.90 in shares of Dollar Tree for each share they own. The companies put the value of the transaction at $74.50 per share.

The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close by early next year.

Shares of Family Dollar Stores Inc., based in Charlotte, North Carolina, spiked 20 percent before the opening bell Monday. Shares of Dollar Tree Inc., based in Chesapeake, Virginia, are up almost 4 percent.


Va. stalking suspect arrested a 2nd time in W.Va.

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia man arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant earlier this month in West Virginia has been arrested a second time after authorities said he failed to turn himself in on stalking charges in Danville.

Media outlets report 30-year-old Berkley Allen Furgurson of Danville was arrested Sunday in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.

Furgurson initially was arrested July 15 and released the next day on $500 bond. A judge at the time ordered him to turn himself in on stalking charges upon returning to Virginia.

Danville police say in a news release that Furgurson will be brought back to Virginia to stand trial at a later date


Hearings set this week on Corcoran Gallery merger

WASHINGTON (AP) - Court hearings will begin this week on the proposed merger of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college with George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art.

A D.C. judge decided last week that nine current students, faculty and staff members can challenge the merger. An attorney for the group plans to call witnesses and question the Corcoran's management practices in court. The group says the Corcoran was mismanaged.

Hearings are set to begin Monday afternoon and could run through Thursday.

The Corcoran's board must win court approval to go forward with the merger. Corcoran attorneys say the museum has no choice but to merge with two larger institutions to survive after years of financial shortfalls.

The Corcoran is one of the nation's oldest museums, founded in 1869.


Va. police locate missing girl; relative arrested

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia have arrested a woman whose 4-year-old granddaughter was reported missing in Missouri.

Chesapeake police found the girl safe at a Chesapeake hotel on Sunday morning.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Terry Denise Omeni was arrested at the hotel on an outstanding fraud warrant from Delaware and a pending warrant in Missouri related to the girl's disappearance.

Chesapeake police say the department had received a request from a detective in Cuba, Missouri, for help in locating the girl.

Omeni is being held at the Chesapeake City Jail pending an extradition hearing. The girl has been placed with Chesapeake Child Protective Services.


Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Record coal exports in recent years are helping the U.S. appear to be making more progress on global warming than it is. But they may not be helping the planet.

As America gets greener, and produces more energy, it has sent more dirty fuels abroad, saddling other countries with cleaning up the exported pollution.

This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's plans to curb global warming. But the administration doesn't want to figure out how much coal exports are contributing to global warming. It says the impact is small.

U.S. coal consumption declined by 195 million tons from 2008 to 2013. About 20 percent of that coal was exported.

Exports are expected to grow as global demand grows and the U.S. further cleans up its power sector.


Belhaven mayor wraps march to DC to save hospital

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina mayor fighting to reopen a hospital in his rural North Carolina town is finishing his protest march to the nation's capital.

Belhaven Mayor Adam O'Neal expects to complete his march Monday in Washington, D.C. He met last week in Richmond, Virginia, with Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Neither state has expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law, something O'Neal blames for his local hospital closing.

Vidant Health System said it was losing money.

The 45-year-old registered Republican started his two-week, 300-mile march after the hospital closed July 1. O'Neal says he wants to speak with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about an investigation into whether the closing violates the Civil Rights Act.

Holder's agency this year helped facilitate an agreement that kept the hospital open until July.


Virginia motorist gets 2 years in pedestrian death

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A former Henrico County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to two years in prison in a pedestrian's hit-and-run death.

Media outlets report a Richmond circuit judge sentenced 52-year-old Barry E. Mallory to the maximum 10 years in prison but suspended eight years of that.

Mallory also was ordered Friday to pay $5,000 to cover burial expenses and had his license suspended for a year.

Court records show 53-year-old William Ralph Teets was thrown nearly 50 feet upon impact Jan. 16.

The judge noted that instead of stopping to assist Teets, Mallory went to pick up his brother and drove past the crash scene to pick up his girlfriend. The trio then returned to the crash scene, where an officer directing traffic noticed damage to Mallory's car and had him followed.

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