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Daily Clip 4/1/14
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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 .

Critics: McDonnell pushed ahead on U.S. 460 Project despite regulators’ concerns

An opponent of a controversial highway project in southeast Virginia said Monday that former governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) committed hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ and bond investors’ dollars even as federal regulators said the road faced serious environmental hurdles…

McAuliffe: House GOP rebuffed offer of tax cut for Medicaid expansion

Gov. Terry McAuliffe told a high-powered group of health-care advocates last week that House Republicans had rejected a suggestion to tie a business tax cut to an expansion of health insurance coverage for poor Virginians…

House GOP pol alleges Senate Dem Medicaid coercion

Keeping track of which side interested parties have taken in Virginia's messy state budget and Medicaid stalemate that threatens state government shutdown is complicated enough without accounting for legislators playing tug-of-war over them…

Steve Staples to become Virginia’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Monday that Steve Staples, a veteran school district leader and vocal advocate for testing reform, will become Virginia’s next superintendent of instruction. Staples most recently served as executive director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents…

Satisfied with report on son’s death, Deeds presses for mental health reform

Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds vowed Monday to press forward on the issue of mental health reform after an investigator probing the suicide of his son resigned and accused state officials of interfering with his work…

Obenshain: Race has ‘the makings of an upset’

In the spir­it of March Madness, Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, sees an upset brewing in November’s U.S. Senate race. Playing the spoiler is Ed Gille­spie, the likely Republican nomi­nee…

State Bar names 'highly qualified' candidates for Roanoke’s next Federal Judge

The State Bar of Virginia, commenting on who should become Roanoke’s next federal judge, on Monday gave its strongest recommendations to a magistrate judge, a Salem attorney and the local federal court clerk…

Biosolids storage facility spills 1,500 gallons of water into Dan River

An estimated 1,500 gallons of water from a biosolids storage basin at the city’s Southside Treatment Plant on Gypsum Road spilled into the Dan River on Monday morning…

Loudoun Supervisors defend marketing agreement with the Redskins

Is Loudoun County’s marketing agreement with the Washington Redskins helping attract businesses to the county? That’s the question a growing number of critics are asking about the controversial agreement…

Politifact: McAuliffe says refusal to expand Medicaid will send Va, taxpayers’ money to other states

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the House of Delegates is tossing Virginia taxpayer’s dollars to other states by refusing to expand the Old Dominion’s Medicaid program…

Democrats fail to find challenger to Wittman before filing dealine

It's official: there will be no state-run primaries for congressional candidates in Prince William County this year. The filing deadline for candidates submit their paperwork to the Federal Elections Commission passed on Thursday…

National law group says feds overreach on McDonnell charges

A national association of defense lawyers says federal prosecutors are improperly injecting themselves in a state issue with their corruption charges against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. In a friend of the court filing…

Commonwealth Institute says local governments could save big through Medicaid expansion

There’s another group of governments with savings at state in expanding Medicaid – city and county governments, according to The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a nonprofit policy group that’s been supporting…

Local firm makes a move in Big D

One of Richmond’s biggest law firms is increasing its presence in the Lone Star state. McGuire Woods has opened a new office in Dallas, its third location in Texas, after luring a team over from a competitor…

HDL opens new blood test and health consulting centers

HDL, a provider of medical diagnostic services with a growing office and laboratory in downtown Richmond, has opened four “My HDL Hub” health centers in the Richmond area. And more are planned across the country…

U.S. orders rear cameras for new cars

After years of delays, U.S. safety regulators have announced that backup cameras will be required in new U.S. vehicles by May 2018…

Supreme Court weighs software patents

The Supreme Court did not seem particularly impressed Monday with the computerized trading “invention” for which Alice Corp. received a patent in the early 1990s...

Lawmakers at odds over Navy’s proposed ban on tobacco sales

Lawmakers are taking sides in a debate over whether the U.S. Navy should ban tobacco sales on its ships and bases, with one House Republican last week opposing the plan while several Senate Democrats supported it…

Five things to watch as the 90-day session’s final week gets underway in Annapolis

This year’s legislative session in Maryland may have lacked the ambition of some recent ones, but there’s plenty for lawmakers to do during their final week of work before the scheduled April 7 adjournment...

Taxi group ups fight against ridesharing

The fight between taxicab companies and the burgeoning wave of ridesharing companies in Washington and elsewhere is not new, but it is taking on a heightened dimension with the help of two local businesses...

Va. Beach jail will start selling electronic cigarettes to inmates

More than two decades after the city jail banned the use of cigarettes, Sheriff Ken Stolle says he will allow e-cigarettes to help pay for inmate programs and more deputies...

N.C. Ports Authority selects new executive director

Following some uncertainty at the top, the N.C. State Ports Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday named Paul Cozza its new executive director. Cozza previously served in several roles for Maersk Line Limited, including...

N.C. Medicaid shortfall estimated from $69M to $140M

North Carolina officials say they expect a funding shortfall for the state's Medicaid system for this fiscal year. But it doesn't appear at the moment to be as large as last year...

Dominion acquires 6 solar power projects in Calif.

Dominion Resources says it has acquired six solar development projects in California from Recurrent Energy. The Richmond, Va., energy provider said Tuesday that the sites are located in California's Fresno, Kern and Kings counties…

Report: Va. children above U.S. average in well-being

The report found Virginia has the ninth best score for the overall well-being of white children and the 12th best score for black children...

U.S. extends comment period for Atlantic testing

The federal government has added 30 more days for the public to weigh in on its guidelines for seismic testing in Atlantic waters for oil and gas reserves...

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