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Trial exposes CEO's calls, texts to Va. first lady

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A wealthy businessman who says his relationship with Virginia's former governor was all about business texted or called the first lady more than 1,200 times over the course of nearly two years.

A defense attorney in the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, raised the issue of the frequent texting Friday in his cross-examination of Jonnie Williams. Williams is testifying under immunity for the prosecution.

Attorney William Burck also showed an email Maureen McDonnell sent to Williams the day an earthquake hit Virginia. It said: "I just felt the EARTH MOVE AND I WASN'T HAVING SEX!!!!"

The McDonnells are charged with taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for promoting his company's products.


Cantor to resign from House seat in August

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - After a surprise primary election loss, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.

Cantor spokesman Doug Heye said Friday that the congressman will step down Aug. 18 and ask Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the governor's office is reviewing the request for a special election.

Hours after stepping down as House majority leader Thursday, Cantor told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he would step down instead of serving his full term, which would have ended in January.

Cantor told the newspaper a special election would give the winner seniority rather than waiting until January to take office with the new Congress.

Cantor lost to Dave Brat, an underfunded, tea party-backed opponent, in the June Republican primary.


Plan targeting 2,800 battlefield deer progresses

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The National Park Service is tentatively approving a plan to have government sharpshooters kill more than 2,800 white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia over the next five years.

The agency released its final Environmental Impact Statement Friday for the plan involving the Antietam and Monocacy (mah-NAH-kah-see) battlefields in Maryland and the Manassas battlefield in Virginia.

The decision becomes final in 30 days barring unforeseen developments.

The plan is intended to reduce damage to forests and other vegetation.

It includes a combination of lethal and nonlethal measures to keep the deer herd in check. After the fifth year of shooting, the agency would use chemical contraceptives to maintain an acceptable deer density, assuming an appropriate reproductive control agent becomes available.


Va. mother charged after son found in street

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Police in Newport News have charged a woman whose son was found wandering in a street alone.

Media outlets reports 25-year-old Kristy McClemmy was charged with felony child neglect Friday.

Police spokeswoman Holly McPherson says officers found the 5-year-old boy in a street by himself at about 2 a.m. Officers then began searching the neighborhood and located McClemmy with a male friend at a home.

Police say McClemmy and her son lived in a detached garage at the home.

McClemmy is being held without bond in the Newport News City Jail. The boy has been turned over to Child Protective Services.


Ticket sales for Va. fair begin online in August

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) - Advance tickets for the 2014 State Fair of Virginia are set to go on sale in a few weeks.

The Virginia Farm Bureau says discounted online ticket sales are set to begin Aug. 11 and run through Sept. 23.

The fair will take place Sept. 26 through Oct. 5 at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. Officials say last year's fair attracted 229,000 guests.

Advance-purchase tickets may be used any one day of the fair's 10-day run.

In-person ticket sales will begin after Labor Day.


ACLU re-elects officers in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia's board of directors has re-elected Jeffrey Kerr to another term as president.

The ACLU on Friday also announced the re-election of its vice president, treasurer and secretary.

The ACLU says four new members also were elected to its state board.

Kerr is the general counsel and senior vice president of corporate affairs at The PETA Foundation.


Prosecutor: Peanut plant faked salmonella results

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak fabricated food-safety lab results sent to customers including food giant Kellogg's.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Dasher told jurors in an opening statement Friday that Peanut Corp. of America shipped chopped nuts and peanut paste without waiting for microbiological testing, and sometimes faked lab certificates given to customers.

Defense attorney Tom Bondurant said company owner Stewart Parnell struggled to keep up with day-to-day operations and was left "holding the bag" by managers and employees who failed him. Lawyers for two other defendants, food broker Michael Parnell and plant quality control manager Mary Wilkerson, deferred openings until later in the case.

Nine people died and more than 700 were sickened by the 2009 outbreak in 2008 and 2009.

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