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Daily Clip 5/2/17
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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 .

 

Complaints over potentially illegal political ads in limbo as Virginia elections agency stops issuing guidance

The lack of staff analysis and recommendations coupled with lengthy delays between when complaints come in and when they come up for review, left one board member openly wondering whether the state is doing enough to police political campaigns…

Dominion Virginia Power could increase solar capacity by 5,200 megawatts over 25 years

Dominion Virginia Power executives rolled out a long-term energy plan Monday that would dramatically expand its use of solar power, shrinking the carbon footprint for customers and paving the way for extensive upgrades to the state’s energy grid…

Kyocera breaks ground in ‘monumental milestone’ for Dan River Region

Local officials and Kyocera SGS Tech Hub LLC — which announced in September it was bringing 35 jobs and $9.5 million in investment to the Dan River Region — broke ground Monday morning for its planned facility at…

Wealthy homeowners take on Oystermen in war for the Coast

Oystermen, pirates and police clashed violently more than a century ago over who could collect the Chesapeake Bay's tasty and lucrative oysters. As the shellfish makes a comeback, a modern-day oyster war is brewing, this time between…

Virginia Attorney General authorizes State Police to investigate Rockbridge jail

Virginia’s attorney general has authorized an expanded investigation of the Rockbridge Regional Jail by state police. Although a probe has been underway since February, authorities said they needed the attorney general’s approval before Virginia State Police could continue their work…

Another renaissance?

The Waterside District joins a list of big-ticket projects springing up in Hampton Roads. These projects signal a wave of investment in Hampton Roads and a new emphasis on diversifying a regional economy long dependent on defense spending…

When will broadband make it to Northern Neck, rural Virginia?

On any given night, several cars are parked outside the darkened, closed Northumberland County Public Library along U.S. 360. Inside them, faces are lit by the bluish glow of devices...

Supervisors, Incubator board plan to meet tonight

Two members of the Washington County Board of Supervisors will seek answers to a number of financial questions tonight when they meet with the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator board and its executive director…

Budget deal includes funds for FBI headquarters, but not nearly what the GSA wanted

Congress has proposed more than a half-billion dollars in additional funding for the FBI's headquarters consolidation project as part of the bill aimed at averting a government shutdown, but it remains unclear whether…

Federal spending bill includes $150 million for METRO, $125 million for Purple Line

A congressional spending bill set to be voted on this week maintains full federal funding for ­Metro, a positive sign for the struggling transit agency as it seeks continued support from a Republican-controlled Congress, officials said Monday…

Gov. Cooper: N.C. should keep Economic Development Partnership, spend more money on schools

Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday appointed Charlotte attorney Frank Emory the new head of the North Carolina Economic Development Partnership, while saying the state should keep its economic development recruitment structure and spend more on schools to entice companies…

The nuanced new world of Economic-Development incentives

With high-profile local-government economic development deals making headlines and the availability of new transparency data on public giveaways, the tax-incentive debate is in the spotlight in a serious way…

Oklahoma struggles to pay for schools after slashing taxes

Four years ago, Oklahoma's oil patch was booming, unemployment was falling and state lawmakers were debating what to do with $200 million in surplus revenue. But the boom ended and the money dried up. Now…

A look at FCC Broadband Deployment Proposal

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission released the final version of its combined notice of proposed rulemaking, notice of inquiry and request for comment pertaining to accelerated wireline broadband deployment. The FCC is seeking to expedite and reduce…

Dems blast DOE study as biased toward coal, nuclear

Perry directed his agency on April 14 to study whether renewables like wind and solar are pushing baseload power sources like coal and nuclear out of the market, and whether baseload sources should be allowed to charge more money for their reliability…

Aetna hints at further ObamaCare exits

Aetna told investors on an earnings call Tuesday that it is considering exiting additional markets based on projected losses. The company announced last month that it was withdrawing from the Iowa ObamaCare market in 2018, leaving the company in just Delaware, Nebraska and Virginia…

Net neutrality may be poised for a Supreme Court showdown

A federal appeals court has said it will not rehear a landmark case lookingto overturn the government’s rules on net neutrality. Monday’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit allows itsprevious ruling upholding theregulations to stand — and paves the way for opponents of therules to appeal to the Supreme Court…

Utilities readying bids for coastal Massachusetts wind farm

This is the year when offshore wind in Massachusetts goes from a lobby to a full-blown industry, and New Bedford is ready to play a key role…

Wagner calls Gillespie’s tax cut promises 'dishonest, phony math'

Wagner, who trails Gillespie in fundraising and endorsements, said Virginia voters “are just waking up and paying attention” to the contest for governor and that he is encouraged by the response he gets at campaign stops…

Former Richmond Council President, Mayoral candidate announces bid for Treasurer

Former Richmond City Council president and mayoral candidate Michelle Mosby says she plans to file paperwork this week to run for city treasurer. She is the third person to announce an intention to run in the November election to replace longtime treasurer Eunice Wilder…

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