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Daily Clip 4/12/17
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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 .

 

Perriello edges ahead of Northam in poll; either tops Gillespie by double-digits

Former Rep. Tom Perriello's upstart campaign has edged ahead of Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam about two months ahead of the Democratic primary for governor and either Democrat tops GOP front-runner Ed Gillespie by double-digits in a new survey by Quinnipiac University…

Officials discuss uses for massive data collections

From monitoring traffic conditions in construction zones to predicting opioid overdoses, mining massive amounts of data generated by state and local governments can improve efficiency and service, state officials said Tuesday…

Manufacturer could bring 200 jobs to Spotsylvania

A plastics equipment manufacturer is expected to bring more than 100 jobs to Spotsylvania County in return for taxpayer incentives. The Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve an incentive agreement with Universal Dynamics Inc., which…

At NASA Langley, a groundbreaking — and a pitch

Even though the $95.6 million contract to build NASA's new Measurement Systems Laboratory was on the agenda, a lighthearted McAuliffe said he had the competition between Virginia and Maryland…

Optima Health to fill 350 positions

Virginia Beach-based Optima Health is recruiting for 350 new staff positions throughout the commonwealth, including 170 in the Hampton Roads area. The new jobs are the result of a contract Optima signed last month with the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services…

Attorney General declines to issue opinion on voting machine security in Botetourt

The state attorney general’s office has declined to issue a legal opinion on whether it’s a conflict for a Botetourt County elected official to share office space with the voting machines to be used in the next election…

Rolling Stone settles lawsuit over debunked campus rape article

Rolling Stone and a writer have agreed to settle a libel suit brought by a University of Virginia administrator over a debunked article that described a gang rape at the university, the magazine announced on Tuesday…

Prince William leaders defiant despite state approval of Haymarket power line: ‘We won’t back down’

Dominion Virginia Power is clear to build a new 234-kilovolt, nearly 10-mile electric transmission line in Haymarket. Virginia State Corporation Commission officials said two of the alternative routes, the Railroad Route or the Carver Road Route “meet the statutory criteria” for the project…

CPC board takes no action on Optinet deal; Sunset officials not happy

The Cumberland Plateau Co.’s full board voted unanimously late Tuesday to ask for more revisions in a deal with Sunset Digital Communications…

City lays out water rate changes for FY2018 and beyond

On Tuesday, Petersburg City Council approved a 13.4 percent increase in the rates. The rate hikes come out a time when the city is debating the future of the system. And city officials say more rate hikes will be a fixture in the upcoming years…

Friends of Abingdon file appeal in The Meadows ruling

A citizens group is asking the Virginia Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision in its efforts opposing a controversial shopping center and sports complex…

Female Virginia Senate clerk's salary brought up to male counterpart's

Senate Republican leaders have raised the salary of the female clerk of the chamber to bring it in line with her male counterpart on the House side, who was earning about $19,000 a year more, though she's been in the job far longer…

Law firm disputes W.VA. Water Quality permit for Pipeline

An environmental law firm contends that a West Virginia state agency acted prematurely, relied on incomplete information and otherwise erred last month when granting a water quality permit for the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline…

Franchot announces task force to study Maryland liquor laws

Frustrated by the state's "outdated" regulation of alcohol, Comptroller Peter Franchot plans to create a task force to review Maryland liquor laws…

Hogan signs bill granting tax breaks for creating new Maryland manufacturing jobs

Manufacturers creating new jobs in Maryland could receive tax breaks under a bill Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law Tuesday, the product of a hard-won compromise that came together in the final hours of this year's legislative session. The measure, which offers some relief from sales, property and...

GOP legislators' pitch on health insurance: it'll help rural hospitals

NC Rep. Donny Lambeth knows he has a tough job ahead convincing some of his fellow Republicans that it’s a good idea to offer health care coverage to more working poor people by letting them buy government insurance...

NC House OKs 'ban the box' rule for state government jobs

A bill that would make it easier for people with criminal records to get state government jobs passed the N.C. House Tuesday in a 98-14 vote. It would ban state agencies from asking about an applicant’s criminal record until the person has received an interview…

FCC Fund is best way to promote rural service: Report

A recent report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation touted the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund as a model the government should look to in future efforts to build out rural broadband…

Pa. changes Sales Tax Rules for tech support, refunds

Technical software support delivered from call centers may now be subject to sales and use tax in Pennsylvania, while refund petitions of more than…

Toshiba casts doubt on its ability to stay in business

Toshiba said losses associated with Westinghouse Electric, its troubled American nuclear power subsidiary, had created "substantial uncertainty" over its ability to continue as a going concern…

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