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Daily Clip 4/18/17
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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 .

 

Former Del. Jim Scott remembered for selfless public service

Former Del. Jim Scott (D-53rd), who championed progressive causes during his 22-year career in the House of Delegates, died April 13 at age 78 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease…

Council votes to sell Lee statue

Despite a pending court case that will ultimately determine the general’s fate, the Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 Monday evening to sell the city’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. After more than a year of contentious debates…

U.S. Department of Education launches civil rights probe of Richmond Public Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a civil rights investigation of Richmond Public Schools at the request of advocacy groups that say the district’s disciplinary policies discriminate against black students and students with disabilities. The decision…

Mayor announces push to reduce Richmond greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050

This summer, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney will convene a "summit" aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the city by 80 percent by 2050, building on initiatives the city government has pushed since 2010…

Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot gets 6 years in prison

Fifteen years ago in an upset victory, Anthony Burfoot entered Norfolk’s political scene with a promise to cement positive change on the City Council. On Monday, he stood in a federal courtroom, pleading with a judge to give him a few extra days with his family before…

Concerns about building height delay approval of development plan along bus rapid transit line

Concerns about the height of developments along the 7.6-mile route for Pulse, a bus rapid transit line that will run through Richmond from Willow Lawn to Rocketts Landing, delayed approval Monday of a development plan along the bus route…

Land and money on table as Fort Monroe board meets

At some point in the next few days — the timing depends on some real estate lawyers — the Fort Monroe Authority is going to be adding to its multimillion-dollar headache of maintaining empty buildings and common areas as well as paying for all water, sewer and gas utilities at the historic Army base…

Deschutes Brewery to open tasting room in downtown Roanoke

Deschutes Brewery's new East Coast operation won't get off the ground for several more years, but fans will be able to taste Roanoke-brewed Deschutes beers much sooner...

Carriers push FCC to pave way for new infrastructure

Mobile trade group CTIA-The Wireless Association has encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to move forward with removing barriers to placing new infrastructure, saying…

Ohio, Retailers reach deal to end Biz Privilege Tax fight

A Virginia-based online retailer will not appeal a split Ohio Supreme Court decision finding it must pay a business-privilege tax for electronic products it sells in Ohio after it and others reached a settlement with the…

Tesla wants lobbying info in Direct Auto Sales fight

Tesla Inc. on Friday said there’s no reason to keep it from seeing information about lobbying efforts by three Michigan auto dealers who plan to testify in support of a ban on manufacturers selling vehicles directly to consumers…

GOP eyes insurer fund to save ObamaCare repeal

If Republicans move ahead with repealing ObamaCare, a proposed Patient and State Stability Fund would likely be a key component to keeping the fragile insurance market intact amid massive changes...

Inside the hotel industry's plan to combat Airbnb

The documents provide an inside look at how seriously the American hotel industry is taking Airbnb as a threat -- and the extent to which it is prepared to take action against it…

Fantasy sports companies fold as legislative battle resumes

The legal landscape, meanwhile, remains unsettled, and the industry is again engaged in a costly, state-by-state legislative push. Roughly half of all U.S. states have seen proposals introduced to legalize and regulate the industry...

Oklahoma ends wind power subsidy

Wind farms that start producing energy after July 1 this year will not be able to claim the credit under the new law. The credit was originally set to expire in 2021...

Perry orders Energy Department study of electric grid

The review, according to a memo from Perry released on Monday, aims to assess whether federal policies have hurt the electric grid’s supply of baseload power, or the reliable electricity supply generated by large-scale power plants generally fueled by coal, natural gas or nuclear sources…

Want real choice in Broadband? Make these 3 things happen

Instead of politicians throwing out policies designed to protect consumers, broadband entrepreneurs say governments at all levels could encourage more competition by taking a small but active role…

How free is New York’s free college tuition?

On April 8, New York became the first state to offer tuition-free college to its residents. Any student from a family with an annual income of less than $100,000 may qualify…

Democratic civil war quietly being fought in Virginia

The Democratic National Committee is putting on a national "unity" tour, but the ideological battle lines in last year's presidential primary have reappeared in Virginia's race for governor…

The Quiet Competence of Frank Wagner

Virginia’s GOP gubernatorial primary has been grinding on for months now, slowly inching towards June 13.While most of the press coverage has focused on the inevitability of Ed Gillespie and the buffoonery of Corey Stewart, one thing has gone relatively unnoticed…

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