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TROUTMAN SANDERS

STRATEGIES

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 .

Unemployment rates in Virginia dropped in February

Virginia's unemployment rates declined in February, the Virginia Employment Commission announced Friday. The state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 4.9 percent in February, its lowest level since November 2008, the commission said…

Lawmakers stick to budget rhetoric

The rhetorical soap opera over Medicaid expansion went into reruns Friday with Virginia lawmakers and stakeholders reaffirming entrenched positions that have delayed passing a new state budget…

Chamber backs away from latest McAuliffe Medicaid proposal

A key ally in Gov. Terry McAuliffe's push to expand health insurance for low-income Virginians is breaking with the governor's latest effort to launch a pilot project. In a letter to state Senate and House of Delegates budget negotiators…

Medicaid ads target Va. House Speaker

New ads funded by groups on both sides of the debate over expanding Medicaid appear to be narrowly aimed at one person: House Speaker William J. Howell…

McAuliffe uses Roanoke Valley visit to push more Medicaid

Gov. Terry McAuliffe swept through the Roanoke Valley on Friday to promote a budget plan that has been rejected by the House of Delegates and to continue his campaign for expanding Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians…

Sen. Mark Warner pushes for reforms to Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act needs another option for people who say the premiums of its Gold, Silver and Bronze plans are too high, Sen. Mark Warner says…

Maryland set to replace troubled Health Exchange with Connecticut’s system

Maryland officials are set to replace the state’s online health-insurance exchange with technology from Connecticut’s insurance marketplace, according to two people familiar with the decision, an acknowledgment that a system that has cost at least $125.5 million is broken beyond repair…

Report on Deeds attack details flaws in crisis response

Three hours into an emergency custody order, it took just five minutes for a mental health evaluator from the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board to determine that Austin "Gus" Deeds needed inpatient psychiatric care on the afternoon of Nov. 18, 2013,…

E-Cigarette debate burns as usage rises

Susana Meirinho tried to kick her 20-year smoking habit three times during the past decade but always went back after a few weeks...

Smithfield Foods Subsides to complete merger in April

Smithfield Foods will complete the merger of two major subsidiaries by the end of April, according to a Smithfield Foods spokeswoman. The company, to be called Smithfield Farmland, merges two subsidiaries that sold…

Smyth County officials worried about future of gas-fired plant

Some Smyth County officials are worried that progress on a proposed natural gas-fired power plant, set to locate in Atkins, could be derailed if a large power supplier goes through with a deal to acquire part of a coal-fired power plant in West Virginia…

Regional farmers on the decline

Sun-tanned and taxed from a common seven-day work week, Virginia farmers may seem older — and that’s probably because they are. Virginia farmers are 59.5 years old on average, one year older than the nation’s average, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture…

Hopewell Council backs incentives for Ethanol Plant

The Hopewell City Council agreed this week to provide a $250,000 incentive to a company that plans to restart a shuttered biofuels plant in the city. The council voted 4-2 on Tuesday to provide a grant of $125,000 per year for two years to the…

Census data shows No.Va. drives Virginia growth

The U.S. Census Bureau released population statistics Thursday showing Virginia’s population has increased in the recent years, largely as a result of growth in Northern Virginia. According to the U.S. Census Bureau website, the 2013 state population is 8,260,405, about 1 percent higher than last year…

Loudoun one of the fastest growing counties in America

Look to your left. Now look to your right. There's a chance that only one of the three of you was in the county just a few decades ago. In the last year the population in Loudoun has grown by more than 12,000 people…

Environmental group against putting coal ash in landfills

An environmental group opposes Duke Energy’s plans to move wet coal ash — including that from its old Dan River Steam Station — from its retired plants into lined, off-site landfills…

Lorton landfill owner offers to reduce extension proposal; opponents criticize plan

EnviroSolutions, the waste company behind a controversial application to extend the life of an industrial landfill in Lorton, announced Friday that it is willing to reduce the scope of its project in the spirit of compromise. Opponents, however, say…

Water Summit looks toward raising the level of commitment to James River

Efforts to handle the variety of waste in the James, its effect on the river, and the future of drinking water in the region were highlighted at the Lynchburg Water Summit held Saturday at Lynchburg College…

Shockoe advocates vow vigilance over dig

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones is getting favorable reviews from an unlikely source for his new initiative to dig into the history of Shockoe Bottom and the antebellum slave trade with a comprehensive archeological review of the area…

GAME ON! The China connection finds private funds for arena proposal in Virginia Beach

Many competitions take place in an arena. This one's taking place over an arena, and officials at The ESG Cos. like their odds in the battle over rights to build…

Virginia Beach Council envisions Town Center as hub

Imagine Virginia Beach with a Grand Central Station of sorts at Town Center, with commuter rail lines extending north to Little Creek, south to Chesapeake, east to the Oceanfront and...

A report card on the nation’s 4-year-old broadband plan

In 2009, Blair Levin returned to the FCC to help draft the government's road map for enhancing nationwide broadband access. On Friday, the National Broadband Plan turned four years old. Here's how we're doing, according to the plan's former executive director…

Beach says no to Margaritaville, Rudee Loop project

A proposal by Armada Hoffler Properties, Bruce Smith Enterprise and Margaritaville Holdings sought to bring the popular restaurant chain and vacation club to Rudee Loop as part of a larger development project for the 10-acre site. But the city is saying no thanks…

Major players ready to talk about new children’s hospital

A key issue for those moving to create an independent children’s hospital for the Richmond area is governance — who will oversee a new facility…

Buchanan County water project gets $4.75 million

The Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy will administer a $4.75 million federal grant to help with a project providing public water in Buchanan County…

Corps offers draft permit

Henry County officials’ struggle for nearly three years to get a permit to develop Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre soon may be over. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stated in a news release on Friday that it had forwarded a “proffered permit” — basically, a draft permit …

Carr to challenge Griffith for 9th District House seat

A Patrick County resident announced Friday that he will challenge 9th District U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith in the November election. William Carr, 69, of Ararat, said he will file as an independent in May…

Audit finds county out of compliance with procurement law

Pittsylvania County officials said they have changed the way they buy fuel — and food for jail inmates — following an audit that found the county out of compliance with state law…

Stark contrasts in how localities fund capital needs

Fairfield Court Elementary School is oozing black liquid into classrooms, but Richmond officials have no plans to replace the decrepit building in the East End. In Chesterfield, a well-worn but still useful Beulah Elementary School is on its way out…

Refusing to defend State Law a rarity, Herring says

If there is one thing Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature can agree in on, it’s that Mark R. Herring hit the ground running. Only 13 days into his four-year term as Virginia’s 48th attorney general…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager- Virginia
Troutman Sanders Strategies
Solutions for Business & Government
Troutman Sanders Building
1001 Haxall Point | P.O. Box 1122
Richmond, VA 23218-1122
P: 804.697.2256 | F: 804.698.6466
mike.woods@troutmansanders.com
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