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Daily Clip 4/11/17
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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 .

 

Bloomberg BNA to add 125 jobs in Arlington expansion

Bloomberg BNA, a subsidiary of financial information company Bloomberg LP, will expand in Arlington County. The $5.5 million project will retain about 1,000 jobs and create up to 125 additional jobs over three years…

Virginia to repay $7.1 million to U.S. for manipulating SNAP error rates

Virginia has agreed to repay the federal government $7.1 million for manipulating error rates in determining eligibility for food stamps under the SNAP program. The U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement Monday of an investigation into allegedly improper methods used…

Virginia sees large uptick in Medicaid enrollment in last quarter of 2016

The number of Virginians applying to enroll in Medicaid was about double during the last three months of 2016 than what state officials expected. The state's Medicaid office said in a recent report filed…

Currituck County plans "mega-site" development that could triple Moyock’s population

A 3,400-acre site just south of the Virginia state line could cluster “inevitable” growth in Moyock into an equivalent of Chesapeake’s Greenbrier. The “mega-site” would be the largest single development in…

National report: Rappahannock River endangered by fracking threat

A nonprofit organization that monitors the nation’s waterways believes fracking poses such a threat that it has ranked the Rappahannock River No. 5 on its 2017 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. American Rivers released a report Tuesday…

Prosecutors want Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot locked up for 17½ years

Federal prosecutors want Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot to serve at least 17½ years in prison for his corrupt dealings with several local businessmen, according to a memorandum filed Monday in U.S. District Court. The city’s former vice mayor repeatedly sold his vote…

Sen. Warner renews call for South Hampton Roads Veterans Care Facility

His comments came during a visit to the facility at which he renewed a call for Congress to approve leases for 24 new VA medical care facilities across the country, including a 155,000-square-foot facility in South Hampton Roads, which he called a top priority…

In GOP primary, Wagner runs on the gas tax

State Sen. Frank Wagner, a Republican candidate for governor, said Monday he'd like to turn much of U.S. 58 into an interstate as part of his plan to juice transportation construction in Virginia with an increase in the gas tax. The increase, part of a tiered plan…

Southwest Va. overwhelmingly backed Trump. Will it support a Democrat for Governor?

Tom Perriello, a Democrat running for governor, made his second swing through sparsely populated, deep-red southwest Virginia over the weekend, looking for votes and credibility…

Gloucester receives state broadband grant

County administrator Brent Fedors announced last week that Gloucester County has received a state grant of $193,000 to extend broadband internet service to unserved areas. The grant is through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and will cover…

Appalachia's new trail: finding life after coal

Teddy Martin knows the life of a Kentucky coal miner. He spent years working underground. Sometimes he burrowed through coal seams where the crawl space was just 28 inches high, so tight that “you had to pack a straw to drink your pop.”It was hard, dangerous work. But it paid well…

Wintergreen puts 382 acres up for auction sale

The last portion of undeveloped property in the Wintergreen Resort is up for sale via internet auction, with bidding slated to end April 27, according to real estate auction company Tranzon Fox...

House OK's Haslam's rural broadband program

Gov. Bill Haslam's effort to connect rural Tennesseans to broadband internet service became a reality on Monday after the House passed the amended version, though not without criticism and skepticism from rural lawmakers andboth sides of the aisle…

Alabama governor resigns amid sex scandal

What began as a sex scandal that cost him his 50-year marriage ended with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's (R) resignation Monday, hours after he pled guilty to two misdemeanor crimes…

Trump taxes, legalized pot and fracking: What Md. lawmakers passed - and didn’t

Maryland lawmakers ended their 90-day legislative session Monday with deals and legislation to prevent price gouging by drug makers and to combat the state’s growing opioid epidemic. But other progessive policy ideas faltered…

16 States urge 4th Circ. to uphold Coal Jobs analysis order

West Virginia and 15 other states on Friday asked the Fourth Circuit to uphold a district judge’s order compelling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the consequences of its air pollution regulations on jobs…

Scope of Mass. Sales Tax Rule may go beyond online sales

A new requirement subjecting online sales into Massachusetts to sales tax may not only illegally discriminate against e-commerce, but it could also have much broader implications for corporate and property taxes with its…

Budget woes hinder US cybersecurity buildup

Experts and officials are warning of the negative effects that another stopgap funding bill would have on cybersecurity, as Congress finds itself embroiled in another budget showdown…

Wells Fargo to claw back $75 million from 2 former executives

Wells Fargo's board said on Monday that it would claw back an additional $75 million in compensation from the two executives on whom it pinned most of the blame for the company's sales scandal…

Chesley: Former Governor could use counseling – for self awareness

He still doesn’t get it. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell just doesn’t understand how fortunate he is that the U.S. Supreme Court sided with him, after a federal jury and appellate court both found him guilty of public corruption. Neither does he recognize that…

Dominion’s good call on coal ash

Dominion Virginia Power should be applauded for its decision to ensure safe storage arrangements for its toxic coal ash, the byproduct of coal burned for electricity generation…

Why aren’t people asking more questions about the failed Lindenburg deal?

OK, this is weird. Both state and federal authorities claim to be investigating the case of a Chinese company that took $1.4 million in state tax dollars to build an auto parts plant in Appomattox County — and then vanished, raising the prospect that the company never really existed beyond paper in the first place and…

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