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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.

Va. candidates for governor face prime-time debate

McLEAN, Va. (AP/WUSA9) -- Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are squared off in their first prime-time debate.

Cuccinelli flaunted his Northern Virginia Technology Council endorsement at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate, making his case that he is the serious, experienced candidate. He portrayed McAuliffe as a lightweight on public policy and a get-rich-quick huckster.

Asked about his positions on abortion and gay rights, he defended his fundamental beliefs.

Former Democratic National Committee chairman McAuliffe touted himself as the bipartisan consensus builder. But pressed to say how much his public education funding plan would cost, he couldn't, saying only that Medicaid expansion was necessary to free up state money for it.

Falls Church Healthcare Center Files Legal Challenge To New Abortion Regulations

FALLS CHURCH, Va.  (WUSA) -- "If citizens don't stand up when government does something wrong, then government will continue to do something wrong," said Rosemary Codding, the director at the head of the Falls Church Healthcare Center. 

It provides medical services, including abortion, for women. 

The clinic may be the first in the nation to take legal action of this kind against new abortion regulations.

The Center has filed an administrative appeal against the Virginia Board of Health, the Department of Health and Virginia State Health Commission Cynthia Romer over the regulation's orders concerning building codes. Those new rules would require nearly impossible, and cost prohibitive changes such as adding more parking spaces outside. They also require new non-porous ceilings and showers for staff members.

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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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.