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Daily Clip 4/21/17
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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 .

 

Virginia Governor calls off execution for death-row inmate

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday called off a man's execution in a 2006 murder-for-hire case, citing concerns about false information provided to jurors that he believes influenced their decision to sentence him to death…

Petersburg City Hall to be collateral in deal for emergency vehicles

City officials are being forced to turn to some unlikely heroes to make sure the city’s fire and EMS services receive much needed new vehicles. Because of the city’s financial crisis, officials are making a deal with…

State Supreme Court to hear utility rate challenge

The Virginia Supreme Court is set to hold a hearing on whether a law temporarily banning state regulators from adjusting a portion of electric rates is constitutional. A group of large industrial electric customers is challenging the 2015 law, which…

Agritourism spending is $2.2 Billion in Virginia economy: Study

Agricultural tourism accounts for $2.2 billion in Virginia economic activity, a recent study found. Conducted by Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business, the study also found that economic activity attributed to the state’s 1,400 agritourism businesses supports 22,000 jobs, contributes $840 million in income, and…

Tolls going down even more for 2,400 enrolled in VDOT's Toll Relief program

About 2,400 low-income Midtown and Downtown tunnel users enrolled in a special toll relief program will now pay even less for tolls. Thanks to a one-time $500,000 donation from Elizabeth River Crossings parent companies Macquarie-Skanska, relief program enrollees will get…

Insurance carrier won’t represent City in lawsuit over Lee, Jackson Parks

City Attorney Craig Brown and his staff will have to carry the burden of defending Charlottesville in a lawsuit over its efforts to remove Confederate monuments. The city’s insurance carrier, the Virginia Municipal League, has declined to provide coverage…

Metro funding proposed from D.C., Maryland, Virginia sales tax, outsourcing of Union jobs

The chairman of Metro’s board of directors is hailing General Manger Paul Wiedefeld’s call for dedicated funding for long-term repairs and lower labor costs for the troubled transit system, but the union representing…

CPC board approves OptiNet deal

One of the last major hurdles in the sale of BVU Authority’s OptiNet to Sunset Digital Communications was cleared Thursday night when the Cumberland Plateau Co. approved the deal...

DAO Group relocates to Virginia Beach

DAO Group, a computer systems company that provides software and hardware services, will move its corporate headquarters to Virginia Beach with a $2.3 capital million investment. According to the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development…

Centra's Bedford hospital expanding, will open temporary emergency department

A $4 million expansion project that will increase the size of the Bedford Memorial Hospital emergency department by more than 30 percent will begin in June…

Fort Monroe preparing to feel out developers

Fort Monroe Authority staff got a green light Thursday to prepare formal requests to investors and developers who might be interested in bringing some of the historic…

Environmentalists push county to take a stand in coal ash debate

Brunkow and other environmentalists want the state to force Dominion to dig up the ash and move it to a lined landfill. Meanwhile, some citizens have lobbied the county government to relocate Parks and Recreation programs currently conducted at Dutch Gap Conservation Area…

Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish withdrawing from Delegate’s race

City of Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish has decided he will not challenge fellow Republican Del. Jackson Miller for his 50th District House seat after all. Parrish filed to run for the Manassas-area state House of Delegate's post late last month…

It’s official: State Sen. Wexton launches campaign to challenge Rep. Comstock

State Sen. Jennifer Wexton of Leesburg today became for the fourth and highest-profile Democrat to announce a campaign challenging incumbent Congresswoman Barbara Comstock in Virginia's 10th Congressional District…

Virginia Supreme Court hears Atlantic Pipeline cases

The Virginia Supreme Court heard two cases Wednesday challenging a controversial state law that allows surveyors to enter private property without the owner’s consent to study their land for a possible natural gas pipeline route…

Anthem seeks injunction to keep Cigna in $54B merger

Anthem Inc. moved ahead in Delaware’s Chancery Court late Wednesday with a motion for a preliminary injunction barring Cigna Corp. from an April 30 termination of their disputed merger agreement…

BWXT's Campbell County facility gets positive review from NRC

BWX Technologies’ fuel facility on Mt. Athos Road in Campbell County received a clean bill of health from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in its…

GOP Rep. reveals updated version of Dodd-Frank rewrite

The long-awaited Republican rewrite of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act will get its official unveiling at an April 26 House Financial Services Committee hearing, the committee’s chairman announced…

Address Medicaid spending before trying to reform healthcare

The GOP’s first attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act may have faltered, but they should not let the opportunity for healthcare reform go to waste. Instead of trying to construct a comprehensive agreement, they…

From rock bottom, Pittsburgh's rise carries lessons for Richmond region

The story of this city's industrial collapse, the exodus of hundreds of thousands of its working-age residents between 1970 and 1990 and its subsequent rebirth as a…

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