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TSS Today's Clips-Wednesday, April 4

Wednesday, April 4, 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.

 

Regulators raise constitutional questions about new law

State regulators are questioning whether a new electric utility overhaul recently approved by lawmakers may be unconstitutional. The State Corporation Commission issued a ruling Monday raising the possibility that…

Gov. Northam evaluating a bill that would give Virginia nurse practitioners more autonomy

Most Virginia nurse practitioners could gain the autonomy to practice without a physician's oversight if Gov. Ralph Northam signs a bill the General Assembly passed with near-unanimous support…

Virginia Democrats organize task force to probe gun violence

Upset with the lack of gun control consideration by Virginia Republicans, Democrats in the House of Delegates are launching their own group to investigate school safety and gun violence in the state. The caucus announced Tuesday the…

City Manager unveils Petersburg budget plan

Petersburg, a city still not completely free from the grips of financial crisis, has rolled out a $73 million proposed operating budget that emphasizes public safety, more money for chronically underperforming schools, and cuts to city departments…

Prince William assisted 19 companies in economic development projects in 2017

Economic development activity in Prince William County last year is expected to result in $817 million in capital investment and an estimated 954 new jobs. Eighteen of businesses are in the county’s targeted industry sectors...

Franklin County's push to build business park may translate to a tax increase

Franklin County supervisors voiced their commitment to continued development at Summit View Business Park, which means a tax increase is looming…

City program continues to place skilled workforce with tech careers

TechHire is gaining momentum. A little over a year after the Lynchburg Office of Economic Development piloted the White House initiative aimed at helping communities train workers for jobs in science, technology and math, the program has…

Green Flash, awash in debt, is sold to investment firm

San Diego’s financially troubled Green Flash brewery has been sold to a group of investors following a foreclosure by the company’s principal lender, Comerica Bank. The announcement of the sale comes just a week after Green Flash closed its Virginia Beach brewery…

Amtrak impact would be felt regionwide

The impact of extending passenger rail service to the Twin City would be felt far beyond its borders. That was the general message Tuesday to consultants developing an economic impact study of what Amtrak service might mean to this area and what this area might mean for Amtrak…

Culpeper County Board approves solar farm policy

Following six months of discussion, study, revision and public input, Culpeper County’s first “Utility Scale Solar Facility Development Policy” is now in place…

D.C., Maryland and Virginia join lawsuit to block citizenship question from census

The District, Virginia, Maryland and 15 states filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration from adding a last-minute citizenship question to the 2020 decennial Census…

Tensions over immigration heat up between Trump administration and Fairfax County

Tensions between the Trump administration and Virginia’s largest jurisdiction erupted Tuesday when Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors at the last minute barred federal immigration officials from participating in a discussion about arrests of undocumented immigrants...

With less than a week to go, Maryland lawmakers act quickly on taxes, school safety

Maryland lawmakers reached a compromise Tuesday night to fulfill their promise to protect residents from an expected tax hike due to the federal tax overhaul…

Amazon's public search occurs in dark, watchdog contends

Despite the worldwide public attention that Amazon.com Inc. attracted when it announced that it would solicit bids for a second headquarters, the bidding process itself has been cloaked in secrecy…

Tolls on downtown streets? Seattle mayor pushes for plan to cut traffic and greenhouse gases

If Mayor Jenny Durkan implements widespread tolling of city roadways, Seattle would be the nation’s first city to establish such systemwide tolling. Details of what such a plan might look like are sparse, and will hinge on a tolling study focused on downtown neighborhoods that…

Study links marijuana legalization to fewer opioid prescriptions

States that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational purposes have seen fewer opioid prescriptions for Medicaid patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association…

Nuclear and coal energy company files for bankruptcy

A major utility company that provides nuclear and coal power is filing for bankruptcy days afterit pleaded for a government bailout. The decision comes after FirstEnergy announced last Thursday that its nuclear power arm was struggling and as a result…

Panera Bread may have just exposed millions of customers' personal data

Until Monday, scores of customer information - including names, email addresses, home addresses, birth dates and final four credit card digits - was accessible as plain text on the company’s website…

Nashville has a 'Declaration of Transportation Independence'

Nashville, Tennessee is less than a month away from voting on a $5.4 billion transit referendum, which could radically reshape how the city handles transportation. Ahead of that, the city's mayor has signed a "Declaration of Transportation Independence" to help drum up support for the plan…

Self-driving cars need good maps

But a recent crash of a Tesla raises another possibility. What if the success of autonomous vehicles will rely not just on the power of their sensors and computer systems, but also on the sophistication of the maps they consult as they make their way through the world…

Virtual health care could save the US billions each year

The conventional wisdom that the best care is delivered in-person by experienced caregivers may soon be overturned. Rising health care costs, ashortage of physicians, and an aging population are making the traditional model of care increasingly unsustainable. But new uses of…

Medicaid resolution should be fast

In just over a week, members of the General Assembly will return to town to hash out their differences over the state budget. It shouldn't take long. By that we mean, it ought not to take long. It might, but it shouldn't. There really is only one question on the table…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
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