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Lawsuit against strict abortion clinic regulations moves forward

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Abortion rights supporters in Virginia are cheering after they won a small, first step in a challenge to strict, new state regulations that require abortion clinics meet hospital standards.

An Arlington judge rejected a motion from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Virginia Board of Health seeking to toss out a legal challenge to the regulations. It means the case will now move forward.

"Whoa!" Cheered Rosemary Codding, director of the Falls Church Healthcare Center (FCHC) which brought the lawsuit, technically called an appeal. Codding said the ruling gave her immense hope.

"It's just like the turning tide. It has been such an oppressive environment for three years for women's health. This is an immense spiritual uplifting. And, as a woman of very strong faith, I know God is with me. And I know that he has given me courage to continue in this battle," said Codding.

Northam, Herring Win Va. Dem Nods; Repub. Incumbents Lose

RICHMOND, Vs. (AP)--Ralph Northam, a Norfolk doctor who became a hero of Virginia's reproductive-rights movement, and fellow state Sen. Mark Herring won statewide Democratic primaries Tuesday for lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively.

Two respected senior Republican House members, however, were felled by conservative challengers as each sought an 11th term in the General Assembly.

Northam, a pediatric neurologist and the only physician in the Senate, won a large following among female voters in 2012 when he used medical authority to thunder against a Republican-authored bill that would have required an intrusive ultrasound exam of every woman seeking an abortion.

Virginia Voter's Guide For Tuesday Primary

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)--On Tuesday, June 11th Virginians will head to the polls to choose party candidates for two statewide offices--Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General--as well as eleven House of Delegate seats.

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The race for Governor has been a known entity for weeks.  Ken Cuccinelli is the Republican candidate.  He was selected at a convention in Richmond back in May.  Terry McAuliffe was the only Democratic candidate to file for the office, so he automatically became the party's nominee.

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Del. Ramadan Defends His Decision To Not Report A Trip To Taiwan

FAIRFAX, Va.  (WUSA9) -- Delegate David Ramadan, (R) Loudoun and Prince William Counties, did not report a trip to Taiwan as a gift even though the trip was paid for by the government of Taiwan.

He posted a picture on his Facebook page of himself and four other Virginia lawmakers on the Taiwan trip. Ramadan also blogged and Tweeted about the trip. But, on his gift reporting form, he does not list the $4,000 trip.

"The Department of Commerce set up meetings for me with manufacturers...and I went there to create jobs for Virginia. This was not a gift," said Ramadan.

Delegate Kathy Byron (R ) Lynchburg, who is standing next to Ramadan in the photo, also did not report the trip, but the two other lawmakers who went on the trip did report it.

Va. Seniors Get A Visit From George Allen

Va. Seniors Get A Visit From George Allen

The residents of Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield, Va. got a special visit this morning when George Allen, Republican Senate nominee in Virginia, paid them a visit on Tuesday.

The stop is part of his Virginia Voices tour. During his visit, Allen listened to the ideas, concerns and views the retirement community ha s about Washington.

Some of the concerns expressed were: less access to doctors under Medicare, living on a fixed income in this economy, and energy costs that drive up fuel and food costs. 

“This election is important to me because I’m worried about the direction of our country and what kind of America my grandchildren will inherit,” said Thomas P. Harrison, resident at Greenspring.

Allen’s visit to Greenspring Retirement Community is one of many meetings with seniors whose voices are not being heard in Washington, according to a press release.

FINALLY, A POSITIVE CAMPAIGN AD?...OOPS, IT'S FOR 2016

Although born and bred in upstate New York, I have lived in Northern Virginia for 31 years. This election cycle, the Commonwealth is a battleground in the Presidential race, and by virtue of anticipated coattails, negative or positive, in the Senatorial one as well. For what seems like an eternity, residents have endured increasingly nasty TV ads, and it isn't even post convention, post Labor Day!  Candidates have been crisscrossing the state in attack dog mode, spewing gall and gaffes, attempting to drum up support. I want to buy earplugs.