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TSS Today's Clips-Thursday, March 22

Thursday, March 22, 2018  
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Below are newspaper articles from around the Commonwealth that you may find of interest.These materials are to inform you of developments that may affect your business and are not to be considered legal advice. If you have any questions please contact Mike Woods.

 

Northam’s new budget plan: Expand Medicaid, save more

Gov. Ralph Northam introduced a new state budget proposal Wednesday that includes Medicaid expansion and proposes a slightly different approach to spending that could shape the debate when lawmakers return for an April 11 special session…

Census data show growth in Northern Virginia, decline in the South

Population is booming in Northern Virginia and shrinking in many rural localities in the southern and southwestern parts of the state, according to data released Thursday by the U.S Census Bureau…

Dominion appeals ruling on arsenic leak into Va. water

Virginia’s largest electric utility asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge’s ruling that the company is violating federal law by discharging arsenic through groundwater into surrounding waters from a coal ash storage site…

Fredericksburg seeks to bring largest VA outpatient clinic in country to Hylton property

Fredericksburg is seeking to attract a new Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic to the Hylton property, a 90-acre undeveloped tract east of Interstate 95…

Despite signs, speed limits are not enforced by aircraft along I-81

Travel along Interstate 81 in Southwest Virginia, and you’ll see signs that read “Speed limit enforced by aircraft.” It’s not true. The General Assembly approved aerial speed enforcement in 2000 under Gov. Jim Gilmore, but…

Prince William Supervisors drop opposition to power line project

Prince William County supervisors are backing down from their efforts to block the construction of a Dominion Energy power line through parts of Gainesville and Haymarket, opting instead to support the utility company’s proposal to…

Fairfax Co. pushes for changes to landmark Va. Metro funding deal

Fairfax County supervisors slammed Virginia’s landmark Metro funding agreement Tuesday, as they prepared to join other Northern Virginia groups to plead with the governor to avoid taking as much of the $154 million per year out of existing regional transportation projects…

Microsoft says it will buy power from Virginia's largest solar site planned in Spotsylvania County

Microsoft Corp. plans to buy a significant amount of the energy produced from a planned solar power project in Spotsylvania County, which is expected to be the largest solar farm in Virginia and one of the largest on the East Coast…

Nelson County Broadband Authority discusses CVEC broadband initiative

The Nelson County Broadband Authority had its first meeting last week since the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative presented plans for an ambitious rural broadband project last month to supervisors, and asked for the county’s help…

Report: North Carolina Cities need powers to aid broadband

The association representing North Carolina's cities and towns says new legislation is needed to develop partnerships between local governments and private broadband providers to get more service…

Charter faces fine, possible NYC ban over merger breach

New York state intends to fine Charter Communications Inc. $1 million and investigate whether to revoke the cable giant’s permission to do business in New York City for failing to fulfill promises to expand broadband service and pay full licensing fees…

Atlantic Coast Pipeline can't enter some private properties, federal judge says

As the Atlantic Coast Pipeline doubles down on slashing trees on hundreds of private properties in North Carolina, a federal judge has taken the unusual step of barring the energy consortium from clearing trees on two rural homesteads…

Virginia Beach not any closer to figuring out vacation rental rules as summer approaches

With another summer season fast approaching, the city is not any closer to figuring out rules for vacation homes. The City Council decided Tuesday night it needed 60 more days to decide where homeowners should be allowed to lease their homes for less than a month…

Fairfax County signs off on massive Richmond Highway overhaul

A stretch of Richmond Highway in southern Fairfax County known for shabby motels and other aging commercial development is poised for a major overhaul that could quadruple the area’s population…

RIC to accept bids for $45M expansion this summer

A commission tasked with overseeing Richmond International Airport’s growth and development is preparing to dole out a contract for an eight-figure expansion…

Researchers issue first-annual sea-level report cards

Researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science are launching new web-based “report cards” to monitor and forecast changes in sea level at 32 localities along the U.S. coastline from Maine to Alaska. They plan to update the report cards in January of each year…

House passes 'Right to Try' experimental treatments bill

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would expand the “right to try” experimental treatments under current U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules Wednesday, as backers claim the measure may help save the lives of people with no other option

Feds wrong to underpay Utah County, Claims Court finds

The U.S. Department of the Interior must pay what it promises to pay even when Congress appropriates less funding, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled Tuesday in siding with a Utah county government for payments in lieu of taxes…


Time to renegotiate the bum deal with the Redskins

The Richmond City Council has had enough of subsidizing the Washington Redskins. Eight of nine council members support extending the training-camp deal only if the team picks up the cost. They also want…

Framework for funding

Virginia has one of the lowest state gas taxes in the nation. This detail, coming from a state with myriad transportation and infrastructure problems that need funding for repair and maintenance, remains an anomaly. A problem in search of a solution, to be sure, but…

Henrico points the way toward opiod solutions

Despite President Trump’s professed support for executing drug dealers in the manner of Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte, the administration’s plan to tackle the opioid crisis does not contain a proposal to add new capital crimes for drug distribution…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
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