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A fraud case McDonnell could have pursued

While Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was attorney general in 2006, he did nothing when informed about serious accusations that eventually led to the conviction and 10-year sentence of John W. Forbes II, a former state finance secretary. The accusations...

By Peter Galuszka  | December 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Your tobacco settlement funds at work

Who knew that thermal-pane windows and museum exhibits helped out tobacco farmers? Apparently they do, since they've been bankrolled by a fund that's supposed to help rural, tobacco-dependent communities in south and southwest Virginia. Even though the Tobacco Indemnification...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | December 2, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Tobacco corruption in Virginia

John W. Forbes II, state secretary of finance under former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal wire fraud charges. It is by far the biggest scandal involving a...

By Peter Galuszka  | November 24, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The conflicted Virginia university

Virginia's schools of higher learning are in the thick of national conflict on several hot-button research issues, according to a new publication of the American Association of University Professors. The most recent edition of the AAUP's "Academe: the Conflicted...

By Peter Galuszka  | November 10, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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What are college heads doing on corporate boards?

In Virginia, as in most states, being the head of a large public university is a prestigious job. Along with it come lots of perks, such as being appointed to various education and public service committees and, in some...

By Peter Galuszka  | August 18, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Butts of Contempt

By Karen Kirschenbauer South Riding, Va. At least twice a week I see people toss cigarettes out of their cars, presumably for the rest of us to clean up. I find this behavior to be ignorant and unacceptable. People need...

By Marisa Katz  | May 3, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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