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Daily Clip 4/14/17
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TROUTMAN SANDERS

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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 .

 

Sparks fly over state approval for power lines linked to Amazon

Virginia officials this week approved a controversial high-voltage power line dubbed “Amazon’s extension cord” by its western Prince William County opponents. But the decision sparked fresh criticism from residents and public officials alike, as well as talk of…

Layne: Funding alternatives needed for big ticket road projects

Big-ticket road projects like the Coalfields Expressway demand funding sources beyond the state’s current transportation budget to become reality, Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne said Thursday. Layne responded to…

GOP rivals blast Gillespie’s tax plan in first televised Gubernatorial debate

Republican front-runner Ed Gillespie’s signature proposal to cut taxes took fire from all sides Thursday as the three GOP candidates for governor squared off at Liberty University for the first televised debate of Virginia’s primary season…

Lohmann Corp. will expand plant in Orange County

Lohmann Corp., a California-based company that specializes in adhesive engineering, is expanding in Orange County. The company plans to close its San Jose, Calif., facility by the end of the year…

Health systems remain committed to merger

The region’s two major health care systems remain committed to merging and continue working in that direction, a representative told the…

Study of Lynchburg region's transportation system completed

After a year and a half, a coalition of local economic development groups and transportation officials has wrapped up an in-depth study of how the area’s…

The Veil, Triple Crossing and The Answer are putting Richmond on the craft beer map

Richmond has more than 20 breweries, and the number keeps growing, thanks in part to a 2012 Virginia Senate bill that allows breweries to sell their beers for on-site consumption…

Newport News City Council approves relief incentive for Fairlead Boatworks

The City Council voted this week to give Fairlead Boatworks another city incentive after environmental work effectively stalled business at the yard for almost 100 days…

Bigger Fed. tax break may mean less State revenue: Report

Proposed increases to the federal standard tax deduction for households could result in decreased revenues for a dozen states unless they change their own tax laws, according to a report…

EPA will review Power Plant Effluent rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday bowed to a request from industry players and said it will reconsider an Obama-era rule that set the first federal limits on…

Annual rainy day fund savings now state law

North Carolina legislative budget-writers will have to set aside money every year for the state’s rainy day fund, under a bill signed into law on Thursday by Gov. Roy Cooper…

Trump signs repeal of DOL Municipal Retirement Plan rules

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a joint resolution repealing Obama-era U.S. Department of Labor regulations that would help municipalities set up retirement plans for private-sector workers, while…

Feds finalize ACA Market Stabilizing rule

The Trump administration on Thursday finalized a major regulation aimed at stabilizing Affordable Care Act marketplaces with industry-friendly policies, including permission for insurers…

Ballooning bills: More US hospitals pushing patients to pay before care

Since U.S. hospitals do not want to end up footing the bill, they are now experimenting with pre-payment strategies for patients, with a growing number requiring payment before scheduled care and offering no interest loans…

Perry cheers coal carbon capture project in Texas

Energy Secretary Rick Perry attended an opening ceremony Thursday for a new carbon-capture project at a Texas coal-fired power plant, hailing it as a model of "clean coal.”…

EPA's Pruitt to coal miners: 'Regulatory assault is over'

Pruitt spoke briefly at a portal building for the Harvey Mine in southwestern Pennsylvania, owned by Consol Energy Inc., before touring a piece of North America’s largest underground coal-mining complex in operation…

Hydrogen fuel cell cars creep up — slowly — on electric vehicles

Hydrogen fuel cell cars could one day challenge electric cars in the race for pollution-free roads — but only if more stations are built to fuel them…

Navy banning e-cigarettes from ships and aircraft over exploding battery concerns

The directive by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet will take effect May 14 and comes as the e-cigarette industry faces increasing scrutiny over the safety of its products…

T-Mobile, Dish bid combined $14 billion in U.S. airwaves auction

T-Mobile US Inc. bid $8 billion and Dish Network Corp. $6.2 billion to win the bulk of broadcast airwaves spectrum for sale in a government auction…

Mercy pleas from Norfolk city officials for one of their own send a terrible message

Wait a minute. Hold on. There’s been some mistake. Suspended Norfolk Treasurer and former Vice Mayor Anthony Burfoot is due in federal court Monday to be sentenced on six felony convictions. Yet, reading…

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