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Virginia's House Speaker Calling for Ethics Investigation

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Virginia's House speaker is calling for an ethics investigation into an influential fellow Republican. Speaker William Howell asked the House Ethics Advisory Panel to investigate whether Del. Phillip Hamilton violated laws concerning conflicts of interest when he asked for a job at the Old Dominion University center a few months before using his position to direct $500,000 toward its creation.

Hamilton has been paid $40,000 a year as an independent contractor for the center since it opened in 2007. Hamilton, of Newport News, is one of the legislature's most influential members as one of a handful of legislators who largely determine how billions of state money is spent.

Hamilton and the university severed ties last week. A number of statewide Democratic candidates have called for him to resign.

Meymo Lyons reports...

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