Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced plans for a springtime trade mission to China and Japan. His spokesman, tucker Martin, says the governor will make stops in places including Hong Kong during the trade mission scheduled for April 10-26.
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) – An attorney for former Massey Energy chief executive officer Don Blankenship is denying a longtime subordinate’s statement that implicates Blankenship for the first time in mine safety violations. David Hughart was accused of working with others to ensure miners at White Buck Coal Co. and other Massey-owned operations got advance warning about surprise federal inspections.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Former vice presidential adviser Scooter Libby is among more than 1,000 felons whose voting rights were restored in the past year by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Libby is listed in an annual report on pardons and other forms of clemency the governor is required to file with the General Assembly.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Bob McDonnell is encouraging everyone to participate in a statewide tornado drill in March. McDonnell on Thursday proclaimed March 12 as Tornado Preparedness Day. Last year, 11 tornadoes struck Virginia, injuring six people and causing $3 million in property damage.