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Daily Clip 4/7/14
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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 .

McAuliffe says he’ll tolerate no more losses at Port

About two months after state Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne lit into the leadership of the Virginia Port Authority over chronic operating losses, his boss weighed in. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said last week he will not put up with continuing losses at the port…

McAuliffe signs slew of bills before Monday deadline

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a slew of bills into law, including ones that will reduce the number standardized tests students have to take, toughen penalties for celebratory gun fire, and require new textbooks…

Legislators return today to take up budget

State lawmakers return to Richmond today to pick up where they left off last week — at odds over whether a new, two-year $96 billion spending plan should include a provision to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid in the Commonwealth…

Wilder’s son, Labor Leader get McAuliffe appointments

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced several appointments Friday afternoon, including new positions for Larry Wilder Jr., the son of Virginia's first black governor, and Ray Davenport, who previous worked for the Virginia AFL-CIO…

Block named Director of State Juvenile Justice Department

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has tapped a former associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Law to head the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice…

AG Herring names staff appointments

Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced additional staff appointments Friday, including Cynthia V. Bailey, who will serve as deputy attorney general for the Health, Education, and Social Services Division…

Ex-VA. Transportation Secretary to lead Hospital Group

Former Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton is changing his focus from roads to health care as the next president of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. His appointment on Friday…

Along came Jones: Delegate gets in Governor’s way

A thick, wooden conference room door swung open, and exasperated policy makers emerged from a private meeting on state budget priorities. Chris Jones and his House of Delegates colleagues said they heard more of the same…

Localities mull state budget jam

Throughout the stalemate at the General Assembly over the state budget, the House and Senate have been steadfast in their positions on expanding Medicaid in Virginia. The Senate, controlled by Democrats…

Conflict trumps compromise in Virginia’s Medicaid expansion debate

Advocates of Medicaid expansion in Virginia say the budget impasse gripping Richmond this year isn’t terribly novel, even in a city that prides itself on genteel compromise in contrast to the rancor of Washington. But a unique cascade of…

Warner urges changes in ACA

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner said Friday during a stop in Fredericksburg that Congress never gets it right the first time. He was opining about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which he said has positive attributes but also a lot of negatives…

Lopez bows out of 8th District Congressional race

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) today ended his quest for the Democratic nomination of the 8th District U.S. House of Representatives seat…

N.C. judge denies Duke motion to seal coal ash docs

A North Carolina judge on Friday denied Duke Energy's motion seeking to shield records related to groundwater pollution leaching from 33 coal ash dumps in the state while a separate federal criminal investigation is ongoing...

Capital One continues quest to build tallest tower in Tysons

Capital One is advancing plans to build a 470-foot-tall headquarters building, which if approved would become one of the tallest skyscrapers in Tysons Corner…

Changing gears: Luna Innovations shifts focus from research to product development

When My Chung was named the CEO of Luna Innovations Inc., he brought with him a new, streamlined vision for the company once known for its technology development — in what began to seem like every conceivable field…

Evonik keeps innovating, growing

In late February, Evonik announced that it would invest $15 million to open a new business and innovation center in Chesterfield County. The expansion is expected to add 50 jobs over five years as the company beefs up its research…

Walk-in care a money maker for retail chains

Several trends are driving the expansion of health care into retail stores — including pharmacies, big-box stores and grocery stores — and some of those trends will be accelerated by the Affordable Care Act...

Investor files suit to shutter company, sell properties

William C. Boinest, a part-owner of the embattled developer’s Jefferson Investor Group, L.C., filed a lawsuit last month asking Chesterfield County Circuit Court to begin the process of shutting down the company and liquidating its assets…

Despite legal opinion, Plate Scanners are still active

Many law enforcement officials swear by the devices, but civil libertarians say the technology gives police unfettered power to track citizens...

U.S. banks starting toward microchip credit cards

Banks are starting to make the switch to fraud-resistant cards, which use an encrypted microchip instead of a magnetic stripe to hold data...

Bitter winter takes toll in Virginia vineyards

The harsh conditions of winter and early spring 2013-14 have taken their toll on grapevines. This comes at a time when Virginia's quickly growing wine industry needs more, not fewer, grapes...

Virginia’s Non-Superfund sites may pose health, environmental hazards

Big Superfund toxic-waste dumps get the publicity, but reports going back 18 years suggest numerous smaller pollution sites could pose threats in Virginia…

Following one or both tracks to Virginia Beach?

Since proposals began landing on their desks last year, city officials have been weighing whether to extend traditional light rail into Virginia Beach or go with a magnetic levitation system, even though that technology is unproven…

Portsmouth schools keep stashing cash after warning

In a highly unusual move a little more than a year ago, a special grand jury declared that Portsmouth school officials had violated state law by holding on to tens of millions in year-end surplus dollars that should have been returned to the city…

25 Years: Pittston Coal strike began this week in 1989

In the year 2014, Pittston Coal Group no longer exists, with most of its former holdings now controlled by Alpha Natural Resources. The number of Virginia miners represented by the United Mine Workers of America is a faint shadow of past union dominance in the industry. The Virginia coal industry of 25 years ago was different…

Schapiro: The new U.S. 460 a road paved with risk

You might not want your retirement riding on them. But Wall Street is happy to buy Virginia bonds barely rated better than junk. They’re paying for the now-on-hold back door for trucks into the Port of Hampton Roads and other controversial road projects that are part of the Bob McDonnell transportation legacy…

York sues Seaford resident; Oyster farming permit at issue

York County is asking a judge to shut down two oyster farms. Seaford resident Anthony Bavuso was served with an injunction Thursday that said he and his wife, Elyse Pyle, were illegally operating their commercial oyster business without a permit…

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