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Craig Carper

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88.9 WCVE Public Radio News Director.

Articles by Craig Carper

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Former HDL CEO and Co-Founder

A federal lawsuit filed Monday (8/10), alleges that Tonya Mallory, the cofounder and former CEO of Health Diagnostics lab, engaged in an $80 million dollar kickback scheme.

The lawsuit claims the defendents offered or paid $80 million dollars in kickbacks to healthcare providers in the form of improper process and handling fees, in effect bribing them to send their blood samples to HDL, Berkely Heartlab and Singulex Incorporated.

Federal Taliban Conviction Raises Questions

In Richmond Friday (8/7) a member of the Taliban was tried and convicted for the first time in a U.S. federal court. Critics have questioned whether the U.S. has jurisdiction to try such cases in this manner.

There’s little legal precedent as Judge Henry Hudson considers former Russian Tank Commander Irek Hamidullin’s sentence. The Obama administration chose to bring the case in federal court as opposed to a military tribunal.

Speaker Howell Uses $250,000 in State Funds to Defend Campaign Aid in Redistricting Suit

The liberal think tank Progress Virginia is attacking Speaker of the House Bill Howell for using $240,000 in taxpayer dollars toward the legal defense of congressional district maps that a federal 3 judge panel found were racially gerrymandered.

Progress Virginia used a FOIA request to uncover that the quarter of a million dollars went specifically to protect documents of a GOP aide who helped lawmakers draw congressional district lines.

Judges Deny VA GOP an Extension on Congressional Redistricting

A request by Virginia’s House Republican leadership to delay the special session to redraw the 3rd Congressional District map, which a three judge panel ruled was racially gerrymandered, has been denied by that same panel.

Republicans were hoping to extend their September 1st deadline until November 16th. They say they’re now evaluating their next steps.

Earlier this year the judges ruled the House Republican authored plan packed black voters into the 3rd Congressional District, weakening their voting power in surrounding ones and protecting GOP incumbents.

Virginia Holds Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend

The next school year is just a few weeks away and it’s time again to stock up on pencils, paper, notebooks, scissors and glue sticks. The state is once again giving parents and teachers a little bit of help…school supplies $20 dollars and under are tax free this weekend.

Virginia’s sales tax holiday runs from Friday, August 7th to Sunday, August 9th.

Kristen Larson, Vice Chair of the Richmond City School Board encourages parents and teachers to take advantage.

Herring Highlights TRIAD’s Work at Protecting Seniors

Attorney General Mark Herring spoke yesterday (Tuesday 8-4) in Fluvanna County to commemorate the reintroduction of TRIAD, a program designed to coordinate services and resources to protect seniors against fraud.

Herring says scam artists are becoming more brazen and using new technology to victimize seniors and steal their money and sometimes their identity.

Herring says recently scam artists unsuccessfully used his name and office as Attorney General in emails to demand money from seniors.

McAuliffe Says Biden Would Make a “Great Presidential Candidate”

Governor Terry McAuliffe, one of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s closest allies, says he’s not threatened by the possibility of Vice President Joe Biden joining the field of candidates seeking the 2016 Democratic nomination for President.

Though he’s endorsed Hillary Clinton, Governor McAuliffe says Vice President Biden is also a long time friend and would make great Presidential candidate.

McAuliffe served as chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run for the White House and as co-chairman of then President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign.

Accused Russian Taliban Fighter “Just Doing God’s Work”

At the U.S. Eastern District Court in Richmond, testimony continued yesterday (8/3) in the federal trial of accused Russian Taliban fighter Irek Hamidullin who faces 12 charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against American and Afghan soldiers.

Jurors observed video footage taken by Army helicopters of the air strike that led to Hamidullin’s capture.

Trial of Accused Russian Taliban Fighter Continues Today in Richmond

The federal trial of accused Russian Taliban fighter Irek Hamidullin continues this morning (8/3) at the U.S. Eastern District Court in Richmond.

The 12 Count indictment charges that in 2009 Hamidullin led a conspiracy to use weapons of Mass Destruction against Afghan Officials and American service members.  No Americans or Afghanis were injured but Hamidullin was hit by gunfire and shrapnel and seriously injured. 

He could face a life sentence if he is convicted on all counts.