Former owner takes over three weekly newspapers

From:  The Progress-Index

By: Brian Couturier

DINWIDDIE — The former owner of three weekly newspapers has seized control of them through a court order and has vowed to revive them.

Page Publications LLC, owned by Tom and Bobbie Page, returned last week as the controlling owners of The Dinwiddie Monitor, The Prince George Journal and The Sussex-Surry Dispatch. Page Publications took over the publications on Friday from former owners Hermes Publications LLC following a two-year legal battle.

Legal dispute clouds future of three area newspapers

From:  The Progress-Index

By:  Brian Couturier

Scott P. Yates contributed to this report

DINWIDDIE — An ongoing legal dispute that started in 2014 has thrown uncertainty surrounding the future of three area weekly newspapers — The Dinwiddie Monitor, The Prince George Journal and The Sussex-Surry Dispatch.

The trio of newspapers are currently published by Hermes Publications LLC, which bought the publications from Page Publications in 2013.

A fight over open government in Virgini

From:  The Washington Post

By:  Editorial Board

Gov. Terry McAuliffe agrees to sign open government bill without his rewrite

From:  The Roanoke Times

By:  Alicia Petska

RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has agreed to sign an open government bill without the vast rewrite he recently pushed for.

The governor’s attempt to heavily amend Senate Bill 494 was decried by its supporters as an effective veto of the measure.

McAuliffe backs off push for sweeping changes to FOIA bill

From:  Richmond Times-Dispatch

By:  Jim Nolan

Facing substantial opposition from legislative leaders in both parties, Gov. Terry McAuliffe is backing off sweeping changes he recommended to a Freedom of Information Act bill designed to prevent a public record from being denied when only a portion of the record needs to be redacted.

McAuliffe seeks changes in FOIA bill

From: The Roanoke Times 

By:  Alicia Petska

RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is seeking sweeping changes to an open government bill in a move that supporters said would effectively kill the legislation.

Senate Bill 494 aims to ensure public records aren’t unnecessarily withheld when only part of the information is exempt from disclosure.

How McAuliffe could veto a public records bill without vetoing it

From:  The Virginian-Pilot

By:  Patrick Wilson


State lawmakers from both parties expressed concern Wednesday with action by Gov. Terry McAuliffe that they said would essentially veto a bill aimed at making sure public records are released.

Final update: McAuliffe rips up FOIA bill, says only smaller change needed

From:  Daily Press

RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe has made wholesale changes to a key open records bill, rejecting legislation meant to force state agencies and local governments to release as much of sensitive public documents as they can.

The Daily Progress appoints Robert Jiranek publisher


Robert Jiranek, a veteran newspaper executive and Virginia native, has been named publisher of The Daily Progress.

House panel shelves bill to exempt names from salary databases

From: Richmond Times-Dispatch

By: Andrew Cain

A bill that would have kept the names of public employees and appointees out of salary databases was shelved late Thursday in a House of Delegates subcommittee.

A House General Laws subcommittee on the Freedom of Information Act recommended the bill’s defeat on a voice vote.