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TSS Today's Clips-Tuesday, March 27

Tuesday, March 27, 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.

 

N.VA. leaders ask Northam to change Metro funding plan

The battle over transportation funding in traffic-clogged Northern Virginia intensified on Monday. Regional officials pushed Gov. Ralph Northam to amend legislation that would redirect tax revenue from regional transportation projects to repair the Washington-area Metro transit system, even though…

DEQ approves Mountain Valley Pipeline’s plan to control erosion and sediment

A plan to stem the dirty water that will flow from building a natural gas pipeline through Southwest Virginia was approved Monday by state environmental regulators, marking a key step forward for the controversial project…

Cardiologist now positioned to reduce health care costs for Virginians

When the Virginia General Assembly reconvenes to take up the state budget this April, much of the talk will be about Gov. Ralph Northam’s push for Medicaid expansion. What isn’t likely to get as much attention — but will turn out to be just as impactful…

New VA. Law will lower GED age requirement

It will be easier for Virginians who drop out of high school at 16 or 17 to earn their high school equivalency diploma if Gov. Ralph Northam signs a bill approved by the General Assembly…

Go Virginia names program director for Region One

Robyn Lee has been hired as program director of Go Virginia Region One. Lee will direct operations and provide staff support to the council…

Gov. Northam visits UVA-Wise to learn about expansion efforts

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam returned to the campus of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Monday to learn more about the college’s efforts to expand — which he strongly supported during the campaign…

N.C. officials drop the curtain on Barter Theatre expansion

Barter Theatre’s potential expansion to Mount Airy, North Carolina, was thwartedMonday when a subcommittee of that state’s Local Government Commission deemed the project too risky and expensive, according to Mount Airy Mayor David Rowe…

Mid-Atlantic Broadband hires new director of economic development and community engagement

Southern Virginia native Lauren Mathena recently joined Mid-Atlantic Broadband in South Boston as the director of economic development and community engagement. In that position for the telecommunications service provider she will play “a key role in furthering MBC’s…

Green Flash to close Virginia Beach brewery, stop distributing to East Coast

Green Flash opened its 58,000-square-foot brewery and taproom off General Booth Boulevard in November 2016. It had plans to put out 100,000 barrels each year. All the Green Flash beer sent east of the Mississippi River was to come out of the Virginia Beach brewery…

Democrat running in Dave Brat’s district says she will run as Independent instead

Complaining that too many Democrats in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District have endorsed one of her opponents without getting to know her, a candidate in the June 12 primary says she’s withdrawing to run as an independent instead…

School Board Chair seeks veto of Country-club tax legislation

The chairman of the Arlington School Board has written to Gov. Northam, asking him to veto legislation aimed at cutting real-estate tax bills for the two country clubs in the community…

Airbnb home-sharing hosts in Alexandria must start charging tax starting April 1

People who rent out their Alexandria homes or spare rooms on Airbnb will have to start charging hotel occupancy taxes on April 1, after the city and the home-sharing company reached the first agreement in Virginia to collect taxes...

Campbell solar energy zoning ordinance updates move forward

Solar farms in Campbell County are one step closer to reality after the planning commission unanimously approved public hearing schedules for proposed language changes to the county’s zoning ordinance to address the installation of solar facilities…

Trial begins in HHHunt v. Henrico

A legal fight between Henrico County and one of its biggest developers is playing out this week in Henrico Circuit Court. Opening arguments were made and initial witnesses were called Monday in a trial that pits…

High Court criminal case could make waves in Water law

Environmental attorneys will be paying close attention Tuesday to a U.S. Supreme Court case that has nothing to do with environmental law as the justices hear oral arguments on how fragmented 4-1-4 decisions should be interpreted by lower courts, an issue that looms large in an ongoing battle over the Clean Water Act's reach…

Some places not ready to collect online tax, report says

A Washington, D.C., think tank concerned with tax policy released a report Monday arguing local municipalities aren't prepared to collect taxes on online purchases after an analysis by the group found Amazon isn't collecting or is undercollecting local taxes in seven states…

Antitrust group calls for DOJ to block CVS-Aetna deal

An antitrust research group sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday urging the agency to block CVS' planned purchase of Aetna, saying the deal would result in higher prices and lower quality in the prescription drug and health insurance markets…

Aetna to pass discounts it gets from drug companies directly to consumers

Health insurer Aetna will begin passingdiscounts it gets on prescription drugs directly tosome consumers at the point of sale, thecompany announced Tuesday...

Census will ask about citizenship, drawing a lawsuit from California

The suit, filed shortly after the Commerce Department said it would add a citizenship question to the 2020 population survey, is just the beginning of a high-stakes political battle that could impact…

Virginia Beach city manager boxes himself into a corner with text about punching official

Who does Dave Hansen think he is – Joe Biden or Donald Trump? The Virginia Beach city manager should pick better role models. Especially when it comes to uppercuts, jabs and left hooks…


Is casino gambling coming to Virginia?

Virginia’s Pamunkey Indians have proposed a $700 million gambling resort. Get ready for a brawl. The Pamunkeys received federal recognition from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Unlike the state’s other Indian tribes…

What to expect after the High Court rules on sports betting

In one of the most anticipated decisions of the current U.S. Supreme Court term, the Murphy v. NCAA case will ultimately decide the fate of sports gambling in the country and has the potential to create big changes for governments, regulators and gaming advocates alike…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

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