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Daily Clip 4/26/17
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TROUTMAN SANDERS

STRATEGIES

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 Virginia Ags argue that regulators should be allowed to approve utility rates

Ken Cuccinelli would really like to hand you a big refund check. The former attorney general and 2013 gubernatorial candidate was in Richmond on Friday — from “the sticks of Northern Virginia,” as he put it— to support a case before the Virginia Supreme Court…

Health benefits for some retired Virginia coal miners will expire in days if Congress doesn’t act

Like he did during his campaign, which racked up big margins in Virginia's southwestern coal counties, President Donald Trump was effusive in his affection for miners last month during the signing ceremony for an executive order aimed at rolling back restrictions on coal-fired power plants…

Former Atlanta, DC Fire Chief hired in Petersburg

The former fire chief of Atlanta and Washington, D.C. has been tapped as the new head of the Petersburg Fire/Rescue and Emergency Services Department. Dennis L. Rubin, who will be Petersburg’s new chief, has…

“No active plan” for reversion, Martinsville City officials say

Because of budget constraints, Martinsville – an independent city – has examined the possibility of legally reverting to town status at various times in the past. Under a reversion, the city…

Spanish biotech company to locate U.S. operations in Virginia Beach

A Spanish biotech company, One Way Liver S.L. (OWL Metabolomics), plans to open its U.S. headquarters in the VABeachBio Accelerator in Virginia Beach as part of a strategic partnership with Sanyal Biotechnology.In turn…

Applied Felts plans Henry County expansion

More jobs are coming to Henry County, as Applied Felts announced plans Tuesday to expand its local operation. The company’s 21,000-square foot facility, which is housed in the North Bowles Industrial Park, will…

Wells Fargo shareholders tepidly re-elect bank's directors

Some of the board members edged in just barely, a sign that many shareholders want further changes in the bank's leadership…

Gov. Holcomb vetoes public records search fee

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb used his first vetoMonday —on a piece of legislation that would haveallowed units of government to charge the publicup to $20 an hour for producing public records…

The Incoming Privatization Assault

Historically, government has often contracted out some tasks, such as highway construction and production of military materiel. There have been reasonable debates over what services...

House GOP's Dodd-Frank overhaul could muzzle regulators

A bill by House Republicans seeking to rewrite the Dodd-Frank Act would bring major changes to the way primary banking regulators are funded and how much leeway they have in shaping the industry, ultimately…

DC Circuit delays case over States' Plant Emissions rules

The D.C. Circuit on Monday granted a request by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to postpone oral arguments in litigation over the EPA's requirement that 36 states revise emissions exemptions related to…

Supreme Court sets ‘highway test’ in DUI case

A Fairfax County driver this month avoided a license suspension for improperly refusing a breath test for alcohol, but the ruling from the Supreme Court of Virginia hardly puts to rest the issue of when a private road is considered a “highway”…

Campus free speech debate is now being waged in the NC legislature

The bill would require public universities to have a range of sanctions for protesters who disrupt events or interfere with others’ free speech rights. Universities would have to teach students about free speech policies during freshman orientation…

Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of Va. Governor, is testing the waters for a Congressional run

Dorothy McAuliffe, the wife of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, said she is weighing a run for the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) in the 10th Congressional District next year…

House Speaker Bill Howell endorses candidate to succeed him

House Speaker Bill Howell has endorsed a candidate to succeed him—potentially reshaping the three-way Republican primary for the 28th District seat in the House of Delegates. Stafford County Supervisor Bob Thomas announced…

Northam touts Gay Rights, opposition to NRA in first TV ad of Virginia Governor’s race

Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam is highlighting gay marriage, gun violence and opposition to President Donald Trump in the first TV commercial of Virginia’s gubernatorial primary season. The ad buy…

Frank Wagner touts his experience, not a tax cut, in run for Governor

Frank Wagner, Republican candidate for governor, is not pitching a tax cut. He's worried about the state budget, the dwindling rainy day fund, and a lagging transportation network in Virginia - on which he wants to spend more money…

McDonnell recounts his legal struggles to a supportive audience in Virginia Beach

“I want to talk with you a little bit about suffering … about grace … and about my case.” So began former Gov. Bob McDonnell in a hourlong speech Tuesday night in which he…

Schapiro: Credit agency puts kibosh on candidate giveaways

In the raise-you, see-you environment that is the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial campaign, candidates in both parties are gambling they can buy your vote with clever — and costly — programs, notably tax cuts and new spending. A little-noticed alarm from Wall Street threatens to…

In Virginia, a Democratic Party proxy war

As the Democratic Party works to remake itself amid the tenure of President Donald Trump, a timely test case has materialized in the race for Virginia governor…

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