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Crime Commission Looks to Crack Down on Cigarette Trafficking

The Virginia State Crime Commission endorsed three measures aimed at curtailing cigarette trafficking Monday (12/5). One of them would add a new section to the state code and create a more strict and interactive process for those seeking cigarette tax exemptions.

Commission Staff Attorney Colin Drabert says right now, it's easy for traffickers to obtain the sales tax discount by setting up fake shops through the internet.

State Senator Considers Run for Attorney General Nomination

Virginia Senator Bill Stanley told a room full of reporters Thursday (12/1) that he may seek the Republican nomination for Virginia Attorney General in next year's election. The comments came as part of a panel at the Virginia Press Association's Capital Day event.

Senator Stanley has served in Virginia’s 20th District since 2011. He says he had previously yielded his hopes at a running in order to support what would’ve been Republican Delegate Rob Bell’s second attempt to secure the nomination.

Richmond City Prosector Won't Seek Charges Against Mayor

Richmond's top prosecutor will not recommend charges against Mayor Dwight Jones following an investigation into possible overlap between his church and city business. Richmond City Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Herring released a 16-page report on the investigation findings Wednesday (11/30) morning.

“At the end of this we concluded lots of things,” Atty. Herring told reporters. “Ultimately, we are not recommending charges for indictment to the grand jury."

Stoney's New Plans to Include Baliles, Audits

Richmond’s next mayor is expected to reveal key players in his transitional leadership team after he meets with Mayor Dwight Jones. Mayor-elect Levar Stoney tells 88.9 WCVE his leadership line up will include opponent-turned-endorser 1st District City Councilman Jon Baliles.

“I’ll make further announcements tomorrow,” Stoney said Wednesday (11/09) night as he learned he had captured the necessary votes to avoid a runoff race. “Mr. Baliles will obviously extend his expertise to the team and I’m looking forward to having him.”

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