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Daily Clip 4/17/17
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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 .

 

Signs of hope on mental health 10 years after Tech tragedy

A decade after a young man who slipped through the cracks of Virginia's mental health system shot and killed 32 students and staff at Virginia Tech, the General Assembly this year put itself on the hook to begin taking — and paying for — some first steps to…

Hopewell audit cost tops half million

The city of Hopewell’s ongoing accounting fiasco has left taxpayers on the hook for more than half a million dollars. City Manager Mark Haley and Interim Finance Director Lance Wolff informed City Council on April 11 that to date…

Forest Service questions FERC conclusion on merging two pipelines

The U.S. Forest Service disputes a conclusion in the draft environmental impact statement on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline about merging the project with the Mountain Valley Pipeline…

More transit service along I-64 coming thanks to HOT lane revenue

Millions in revenue from the upcoming Interstate 64 High Occupancy Toll lanes will help pay for two new buses and expanded public transit service along the route…

New brand adopted to promote innovation in the Richmond region

The Innovation Council of the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park unveiled a new brand identity this week designed to help promote the Richmond region’s entrepreneurial environment…

Fredericksburg area officials say funds needed to bolster Smart Scale bids

Regional transportation officials are working on the next round of the state’s Smart Scale program, the relatively new and evolving system that aims to fund the best new transportation projects in Virginia...

Uber, Lyft driver registration grew 14-fold on Peninsula before requirement repealed

Uber and Lyft drivers no longer have to register with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, according to the DMV, with that law taking effect March 25…

Advocates press for second look in license suspension lawsuit

Plaintiffs in a recently dismissed class-action lawsuit against the commissioner of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles are asking a federal judge to reverse his decision to drop the case…

Democrats take tougher stances on Redskins Team name

With the clock running out for Gov. Terry McAuliffe to strike a deal for a new Washington Redskins stadium in Northern Virginia, both Democrats running to succeed him signaled this week that they'd take a tougher line on the team's controversial name. McAuliffe has long said the team's name is a…

Virginia pays price for past pressure to reduce errors in Food Stamp program

For three years, Virginia took the carrot the federal government offered to states that commit comparatively few errors in awarding food stamps to people who need them. Now, the state is taking the stick under a settlement with the…

NC home brewers want to share their beer at events. Should state law allow it?

North Carolina’s biggest craft breweries, with their giant stainless steel vats, are pushing for new beer legislation in Raleigh. So is Jonathan Barber, who uses his kitchen to brew up homemade lager in five-gallon kettles…

Calling the Budget 'Bull-You-Know-What,' West Virginia Governor vetoes it

Gov. Jim Justice vetoed the budget bill Thursday afternoon. That was no great surprise. But he did it in his own way -- at a grand show in the Capitol's Lower Rotunda. He was flanked by representatives of business, industry, labor and education…

First solar farm proposed in Henrico County

Plans are underway to bring the first solar farm to Henrico County. Proposed for 93 acres of a 230-acre piece of land in eastern Henrico, the farm would be able to power about 5,000 homes…

Dem AGs join front lines of Trump opposition

Democratic state attorneys general are taking a leading role in fighting the Trump administration’s environmental policies.Top legal officers from blue states, led by…

Pence's Medicaid experiment confounds expectations on the left and right

When former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence embraced Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion with conservative twists — such as requiring enrollees to contribute to their care — critics lamented poor people would be locked out while backers cheered the program’s focus on personal responsibility…

IRS wants $193M trial with Debt Co. open to public

The IRS on Thursday characterized a protective order sought by Portfolio Recovery Associates Inc. for the consumer debt company’s May $193 million tax trial as a means to conceal discrepancies between…

Calif. Cap-And-Trade opponents eye State Supreme Court

A legal foundation representing businesses and associations opposing California’s cap-and-trade program said Friday it would appeal to the state Supreme Court after a split appellate panel upheld the program…

Taxing the new economy, starting with Uber and Lyft

Unlike old-economy taxicab companies, the new ride-hailing services often pay little to none of the license fees or taxes that taxi businesses hand over to cities, counties and states for the right to operate. That’s changing. Some states and localities are starting to tax…

Improving Virginia’s business-friendliness starts with helping regional banks lend

However, over the past few years, the Dodd-Frank Act has hindered our state’s ability to prosper by restricting critical lending to entrepreneurs, which ultimately impacts all of us who call the Old Dominion home…

DuVal: Virginia’s future depends on energy

As the Virginia Chamber of Commerce updates its long-term jobs plan, Blueprint Virginia, this year, our officials have traveled the state asking business leaders about their priorities…

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