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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Updated 7/29/14 @ 5:50 pm

Gov. McAuliffe discusses workforce development at DCC:
(Danville, Va.) -- Governor Terry McAuliffe listened Tuesday as educators and business leaders offered suggestions for upgrading workforce training on the Southside,  and said the state must do a better job of “tying what our students are learning with the jobs and the skill sets of the future.”
      Nearly every hand in the room went up when McAuliffe asked how many local employers have unfilled jobs because they can’t find workers with the training needed to fill those positions. McAuliffe told the gathering that “the system as it exists today is not working.”     
      McAuliffe said the jobs are available, but “we’ve got to match what jobs are out there with what they ought to be taught in school.”
     Several suggestions were made during the hour-long roundtable discussion at Danville Community College, and Gov. McAuliffe said he will include those ideas in an executive order he is preparing on workforce development.

McAuliffe hails ruling striking down same-sex marriage ban:
(Danville, Va.) -- Governor Terry McAuliffe says he welcomes an appeals court’s decision striking down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. The governor said he "was overjoyed" by the ruling adding: "Virginia needs to be open and welcoming to everyone."
      McAuliffe’s comments came in Danville, a day after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that state laws banning gay marriage violate the U.S. Constitution.
      Gov. McAuliffe said the ruling underscores his belief that Virginia should have an open door policy. He said  Monday's decision "sends a signal that Virginia is open and welcoming to everyone."
     The decision applies throughout the circuit, which includes North and South Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland.
     The issue will likely be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Terry McAuliffe addresses the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
(Leonard Harville photo)

Gov. McAuliffe brings his wife & cabinet to Danville:
(Danville, Va.) -- Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe threw out the first pitch at the Danville Braves baseball game Monday night.  On Tuesday, he was joined by First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and his cabinet for a series of stops in the area.  McAuliffe visited Goodyear workers during shift change and stopped by the Danville Chamber of Commerce's State of the Region Breakfast. McAuliffe held a full cabinet meeting at The Institute before moderating a roundtable discussion on economic development and workforce development at Danville Community College.


Dorothy McAuliffe meets with residents of Danville House (Ken Warrick photo)

Trial reveals governor's wife had 'crush' on CEO:
(Richmond, Va.) (AP) -- An attorney for the wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says during the couple's corruption trial that their marriage was broken and the former first lady developed a crush on a businessman who gave the McDonnells gifts and cash.
     The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for helping promote his dietary supplements company.
     Maureen McDonnell's lawyer William A. Burck said Tuesday during opening statements that the former first lady was "duped" by Williams into thinking he cared for her.
     Burck said Williams also fooled the Department of Justice and has received immunity from a $10 million stock fraud investigation in exchange for testifying against the McDonnells.

Shooting victim's condition is upgraded:
(Danville, Va.) -- A Danville man who suffered multiple wounds in a weekend shooting is showing signs of improvement. Danville Police say he is now listed in stable condition at Danville Regional Medical Center. The victim had been listed as serious after suffering multiple gunshots wounds late Saturday night. The incident happened at around 11:30 in the 100 block of Macon Street. Capt. Barry Creasy said officers responded to a report of shots fired and found a 38 year old male victim inside a car. The man was shot several times and was taken to the emergency room by the Danville Life Saving Crew. At last report, no arrests had been made. (photo: Leonard Harville)

US court: Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional:
(Richmond, Va.) (AP) -- A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.
     A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Monday that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution. The Virginia gay marriage case is one of several that could go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
      In February, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban violates equal protection and due process guarantees. Lawyers for two circuit court clerks whose duties include issuing marriage licenses appealed.
      The lawsuit was filed by two Norfolk men who were denied a marriage license and two Chesterfield County women whose marriage in California is not recognized by Virginia.

North Carolina AG to no longer defend gay marriage ban:
(Raleigh, N.C.) (AP) -- North Carolina's attorney general says his office will no longer defend the state's voter-approved ban on same sex marriage in court after a federal appeals court ruled a similar prohibition in neighboring Virginia unconstitutional.
     Attorney General Roy Cooper said Monday that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling made it highly likely North Carolina's ban will be overturned. North Carolina is part of the 4th Circuit. Cooper said any federal judge in North Carolina would be bound by the ruling.
     Cooper, a Democrat, said further opposition to the four federal lawsuits challenging his state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage would be "futile."   Cooper had previously said he personally opposes the marriage ban, but his duty as attorney general was to defend the state law approved by voters in 2012.

     State Senate leader Phil Berger says Cooper should defend North Carolina's same sex marriage ban. The Eden Republican said after the Senate session on Monday that Cooper should stand up for the people of North Carolina and uphold its constitution. More than 60 percent of voters approved the amendment in 2012.


Two N.C. Aid workers contract Ebola:
(Boone, N.C.) -- A North Carolina-based relief group says two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease at a hospital in Liberia.
     Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press on Sunday that Dr. Kent Brantly was stable and in very serious condition. Thirty-three-year-old Brantly is the medical director for the group's Ebola care center on the outskirts of the Liberian capital of Monrovia.
     Isaacs identified the second American, Nancy Writebol, as a worker with an allied aid group SIM, or Serving in Mission, which runs the hospital. He said she was in stable and serious condition.
     He said both Americans have since been isolated and are under intensive treatment.


Danville man arrested in WV, again:
(Danville, Va.) -- A Danville man wanted for stalking has been arrested for a second time. Berkley Allen Furgurson was arrested in Pocahontas County, West Virginia Sunday. Provided he remains in custody and follows court orders pertaining to the extradition process, he will be brought back to Virginia to stand trial at a later date. Furgurson was arrested in the same jurisdiction earlier this month. He posted bond and agreed to return to Danville but never did.

Local church marks 180th anniversary:
(Danville, Va.) -- It was 405 years ago when the Baptist movement was formed.  A leading historian brought his thoughts yesterday to a Danville Baptist church that’s celebrating it’s 180th anniversary.
          Doctor Bill Leonard heads up the divinity school at Wake Forest.  He says Baptists were a persecuted minority in England.  Leonard challenged modern-day Baptists not to make the same mistakes as their forbearers…and to define success by things other than attendence.
           First Baptist Church held their first service in 1834. Over their 180 years, First Baptist has planted ten other churches in the area.  They moved into their current home at the corner of Chestnut and Main in 1885.


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