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Former Virginia governor denies corruption charges

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell ended more than four days on the witness stand by emphatically denying all charges in his public corruption case.

McDonnell acknowledged using poor judgment but responded with a firm "no" Tuesday when his lawyer asked if he risked his political future and his family by doing what he's accused of in a 14-count indictment.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.

Prosecutors vigorously cross-examined McDonnell about those issues.


Va. diocese discourages donations to ALS group

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The Catholic Diocese of Richmond is discouraging parishes and schools that participate in the ice bucket challenge from sending money to the ALS Association.

WDBJ-TV reports that the diocese has sent a letter to 29 Catholic schools advising them to send donations to another organization that combats ALS. The diocese planned to send the letter Tuesday to 146 parishes.

In the letter, the diocese says the ALS Association uses embryonic stem cells to conduct research on ALS.

The Catholic Church relates the use of embryonic stem cells in research to abortion and says it violates the sanctity of human life.

The Richmond diocese says it supports adult stem cell research.

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that causes paralysis and almost certain death. It's also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.


McAuliffe orders cuts to Virginia state agencies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is ordering his agency heads to cut their budgets 5 percent this fiscal year and 7 percent next year to cope with an $880 million budget shortfall.

McAuliffe's chief of staff, Paul Reagan, sent to a memo to agency chiefs on Friday ordering them to come up with suggestions on what to cut.

Reagan said suggested budget plans could include increasing fees for outside parties.

The agency heads were directed to submit their proposed budget plans to the governor's office by Sept. 19.


Ex-Christiansburg officer accused of embezzlement

CHRISTIANBURG, Va. (AP) - A former police officer in Montgomery County has been indicted on embezzlement charges.

The Roanoke Times reports ex-Christiansburg officer Stephen Kilby was indicted on charges that he stole $34,000 from the Virginia Bloodhound Search and Rescue Association.

Court records show Kilby was elected in June 2010 as treasurer of the association, which holds training seminars for law enforcement agencies and search-and-rescue units.

According to search warrants, several unauthorized transactions were made between October 2010 and April 2014 with a debit card issued in Kilby's name on the association's account.

Kilby was a Christiansburg officer from July 2005 until September 2013.


AAA projects increase in Labor Day travel in Va.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More Virginians are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend, reaching a new post-recession high for the state.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says that the number of people taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home is anticipated to increase slightly this year.

That's more than 964,300 Virginians traveling during the Thursday through Monday holiday weekend.

The majority of Virginians are expected to travel by car and gas prices have brought a welcome relief to motorists. Prices in Virginia are down about 4 percent per gallon compared with the same time last year.

Motorists are being reminded to buckle up and drive sober and distraction-free while traveling for the upcoming holiday.


William and Mary announces $27M stadium renovation

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - The College of William and Mary says it is embarking on a $27 million renovation of 89-year-old Zable Stadium.

Officials said Tuesday that the Williamsburg school already has raised $22 million toward the project. The renovation is scheduled to begin early next year and be completed by the start of the 2016 season.

Media outlets report that the improvements will include a new upper deck, suites and press box on the west side of the 12,259-seat stadium that opened in 1935.

Improvements also will include widening aisles, adding additional restrooms and concession facilities, upgrading the sound system and creating a new entrance and ticket booth.

Zable Stadium is home to William and Mary's football and track and field teams.


Auto supply firm to expand Va. manufacturing plant

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - International automotive supplier Continental is planning to invest about $150 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Newport News, creating 500 jobs.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office said Tuesday that the investment will start up turbocharger production and increase production of Continental's gasoline high pressure injector, fuel rail and pump assembly lines.

Officials say it's the first time Continental plans to produce turbochargers in the U.S. Continental has had operations in Newport News for more than 40 years.

McAuliffe approved a $2 million grant from the Governor's Opportunity Fund and a $4 million performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership program for the project.

Officials say Virginia competed against Mexico for the project.

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