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Daily Clip 4/28/17
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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 .

 

McAuliffe touts new law to crack down on cigarette trafficking

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday touted a new state law that aims to crack down on cigarette traffickers who buy their smokes for cheap in Virginia before sending them north for a tidy profit on the black market…

McAuliffe nixes bill to limit sharing of gun permit info

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that aims to prohibit officials from handing over information about concealed handgun permits to certain states. The bill vetoed by the Democratic governor on Thursday would bar the state from…

Virginia State Police shut down its email system to combat malware threat

Virginia State Police shut down its email system on Wednesday night to strengthen its defense against a sophisticated new form of malware that infected the law enforcement agency’s network at the end of last week…

Audit could spark Peninsula Airport action; details remain unclear

State auditors gave a two-hour closed-door briefing Thursday on what their review of the Peninsula Airport Commission has shown them so far, prompting the commission to call a special meeting next week to discuss possible action based on those preliminary findings…

Dominion confident in pipeline approval, but opponents warn of dangers

Dominion executives are confident the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is headed to federal approval and the beginning of construction by fall, but opponents are sounding a new alarm about potential dangers to mountain ridges in the project’s path through western Virginia…

Norfolk’s new City Treasurer is Jim Oliver, a former City Manager

Jim Oliver, a former city manager with decades of experience in local government, will be Norfolk’s city treasurer for the remainder of the year, replacing the imprisoned Anthony Burfoot. Oliver was named to the post in a court order…

Bill said to close loophole in domestic violence cases

It's bill-signing season in Virginia politics, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe came here Thursday to highlight legislation meant to close a loophole in domestic violence prosecutions. House Bill 2064…

TowneBank, Park Sterling keep M&A action rolling

Two major players in the Richmond banking market are making moves, one to bring a new bank brand to town and another to shake up the rankings of the largest community banks in the state…

Henrico hikes water-sewage fees, approves $137M reservoir contract

Henrico County's Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to raise connection, service and usage fees for water and sewage, and approved a construction contract for the $280 million Cobbs Creek Reservoir…

Art Museums break ground on $40 million expansion

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg broke ground Thursday onits first large-scale expansion and upgrade, a $40 million project which is expected to take two years to complete…

Seven Richmond-area companies named among the state's 50 fastest-growing private firms

Seven Richmond-area businesses — including an insurance brokerage, two information technology firms and a consulting firm — have been named among Virginia’s 50 fastest-growing, privately held companies by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce...

Gas tax to increase, as others get cut, in Tennessee

That didn't take long at all. Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday signed his IMPROVE Act into law as soon as the bill reached his desk. The bill raises gas and diesel taxes by six cents and 10 cents, respectively, over a three-year period, as well as several fees, including a $5 increase on annual car registrations…

Senate passes gas-tax increase

The S.C. Senate passed a 12-cent-a-gallon gas-tax hike Wednesday night by a vote of 34-10, a veto-proof majority. The Senate will give the proposal a perfunctory final vote on Thursday, sending the proposal back to the S.C. House. “Addressing our roads and bridges has been our top priority all year…

Court suspends case over Obama climate rule

A federal appeals court is pausing its case over former President Barrack Obamas landmark climate change regulation, in a major victory for the Trump administration…

Calif. Senate Committee ok’s Single-payer Health Care Plan

A committee of California senators on Wednesday took the state one step closer toward enacting universal health coverage with an affirmative vote for the Healthy California Act, a sweeping proposal to provide…

ACA watch: Health Groups balk at revamped Repeal bill

Major health care groups are bringing out the knives as the Trump administration and House Republicans rejigger legislation to largely repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying newly announced changes do not strengthen the bill and may actually weaken it...

House votes to disallow Highway Planning Rule

Congress on Thursday passed a measure to overturn an Obama-era Federal Highway Administration rule altering how federal highways are planned, the first such measure in this Congress to attract bipartisan support…

Supreme Court jumps into biotech drug fight

Drug giants Amgen and Sandoz faced off at the Supreme Court this week, debating the process used to bring to market copies of highly complex and pricey biotech drugs…

Anthem loses appeal in $54B Cigna merger case

Anthem Inc., today, lost its bid to overturn a decision that blocked it from proceeding with its $54 billion merger with Cigna Corp., after a split D.C. Circuit panel was not convinced by the insurer’s argument that the transaction should go through because it would generate savings for consumers…

Republicans secede from Stewart’s Gubernatorial campaign

Corey Stewart is running for the GOP’s gubernatorial nomination yet he seems more interested in winning election as president of the Confederacy. His emphasis on Confederate monuments rates as the strangest tactic in Virginia’s political history. And it has…

‘Shades of Blue’: Northam, Perriello may clash mostly on style in upcoming debate

Nearly four months after a former congressman from Charlottesville shocked the political establishment by jumping into the race for governor of Virginia, state Democrats are locked in a contest that they didn’t want but that the whole country is watching…

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