WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Former Virginia Delegate Convicted Of Bribery, Extortion

Play associated audio
Former Virginia Delegate Phil Hamilton represented the Newport News area for more than 20 years.
Wikimedia Commons
Former Virginia Delegate Phil Hamilton represented the Newport News area for more than 20 years.

Hamilton was accused of soliciting a job as director of a teacher training center at Old Dominion University while working to secure state funding for the project.

He sponsored a $500,000 budget amendment for the center in 2007, then worked as the center's director for two years.

A prosecutor argued the evidence of guilt was overwhelming, and in the end the jury apparently agreed, delivering the verdict just hours after hearing closing statements in the case.

Hamilton represented the Newport News area for more than two decades, and was vice chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee before losing his re-election bid in 2009.

Sentencing is set for August 12.

NPR

For 3 Climbers, Summiting Meru Was An 'Irresistible' Challenge

Meru is a 21,000-foot mountain in northern India. Some of the greatest climbers in the world have tried and failed to reach its peak — a sheer granite wall known as the Shark's Fin.
NPR

How Big Egg Tried To Bring Down Little 'Mayo' (And Failed)

Newly released emails from the American Egg Board reveal embarrassing details about its fight against the vegan product Just Mayo. Industry critics say the board's antics may have broken the law.
WAMU 88.5

Friday News Roundup - International

Hungary struggles to deal with thousands of migrants at a Budapest train station. World leaders react to news the Obama administration clears a hurdle on the Iran nuclear deal. And the king of Saudi Arabia makes his first official visit to Washington. A panel of journalists joins guest host Tamara Keith for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

NPR

How The Architect Of Netflix's Innovative Culture Lost Her Job To The System

Netflix is famous for pioneering a company culture that demands standout results from every employee. One of the architects of this philosophy ended up losing her job to the system she created.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.