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Daily Clip 4/16/14
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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 .

McAuliffe’s PAC off to fast start, with $254,000 raised in two weeks

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s political action committee has collected more than $250,000 in two weeks, far outpacing his most recent predecessor’s state leadership PAC and easily topping totals for other leadership PACs…

Va. Speaker: Medicaid germane to budget, House GOP still opposed

Republican leaders in Virginia's House of Delegates sought to land the political equivalent of a triple axel on a conference call held Tuesday to offer a fresh dose of Medicaid rhetoric. They conceded Medicaid expansion "probably is germane"…

House, Senate still waiting

State lawmak­ers will definitely be back in Rich­mond next week. Will that mean there’s movement on the state budget before then? Not exactly, and based on comments Tues­day, not likely…

Gillespie early fundraising paces Warner

Overall, Warner still has a large cash advantage with $8.8 million on hand as of March 31 compared with Gillespie’s $1.97 million on hand, according to their campaigns…

Commonwealth Transportation Board prioritization process aims to level playing field

New legislation mandating a prioritization process may level the field for rural and urban communities competing for state transportation funds. Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne said the legislation…

State seeks dismissal of suit against ABC agents

The state of Virginia is asking for the dismissal of a $40 million suit filed by a University of Virginia student charged for a while with assaulting ABC agents who tried to stop her for suspected underage alcohol possession last year…

Philip Morris pays $3.3 billion

Cigarette maker Philip Morris USA said Tuesday it had made its annual payment, about $3.3 billion this year, as part of a legal settlement in which major tobacco companies agreed to pay billions of dollars to state governments…

Tunnel tolls prove cushier than expected for operator

Lighter traffic at the Downtown and Midtown tunnels since tolling started Feb. 1 hasn't cramped the finances of the private operator. Far from it. While fewer vehicles are using the tunnels than before, the number didn't fall nearly…

Bridge-tunnel didn't transform Eastern Shore

Expectations flourished that the area would grow and prosper upon the crossing's 1964 arrival. But population figures have fallen as unemployment rates remain high…

Early Data in E-Cigarette Study May Raise Safety Concerns

The study, still in a preliminary stage, found that lung cells exposed to e-cigarette vapor showed cancerous reactions similar to cells exposed to tobacco smoke…

SunTrust to close two of its Roanoke branches in July

SunTrust is closing two of its banking branches in Roanoke this summer. The branch at Towers Mall on Brandon Avenue and the branch on Williamson Road will close on July 11, according to SunTrust corporate spokesman Hugh Suhr…

Peak toll paid by Beltway Hot Lane drivers topped $11 this month

Tolls have been rising along with the traffic volume since the lanes opened in November 2012. The quarterly report from Transurban, the company that operates the 495 Express Lanes, says the variable toll reached $11.55 on April 3…

Virginia Intermont College says merger collapses, raising questions about its future

A struggling liberal arts college in southwestern Virginia said Tuesday its plan to merge with a larger university in Florida has collapsed…

Newport News City Council members’ use of City cars draws scrutiny

In the past year, two City Council members have borrowed city cars for a combined 169 days, according to records obtained by the Daily Press…

Community Colleges Board alters policy restricting student speech

The State Board for Community Colleges today altered a 1960s-era policy restricting student speech that had been challenged as unconstitutional in a lawsuit and was out of compliance with a new state law…

Charlottesville drone vid at the center of landmark FAA challenge

Charlottesville made headlines around the country last year when it became the first municipality in the U.S. to pass legislation limiting the use of unmanned aircraft. Now the city is in the drone spotlight again…

Va. transportation plan to make debut today

The Commonwealth Transportation Board is scheduled to release the draft plan on Wednesday at a meeting in Richmond. The plan allocates funding for essential highway, bridge, rail and other transportation projects for the next six fiscal years, starting July 1...

Va regs set hearings on Appalachian Power rates

Virginia regulators have scheduled hearings on rates that Appalachian Power charges customers for generation, distribution, and transmission services…

Google faces new pressure from states to crack down on illegal drug sales

Several state attorneys general are pressing Google to make it harder for its users to find counter­feit prescription medicine and illegal drugs online, marking the second time in the past three years that the firm has drawn government scrutiny for its policies on rogue Internet pharmacies...

Schindler: Can Vvirginia claim a Prison-Reform dividend?

As Virginia lawmakers continue to battle over the state budget, they are overlooking a billion-dollar issue. The executive budget that lawmakers have been debating since January projects that Virginia will spend more than $1 billion on prisons and corrections by…

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