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Daily Clip 5/8/17
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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 .

 

State officials plan to review incentives for Chinese Paper Firm

A new delay in the construction of a $2 billion paper products plant in Chesterfield County is prompting Virginia economic development officials to take a fresh look at the terms of a $5 million grant already given to the Chinese manufacturer that is developing the project…

High Court pressed to nix Virginia's Uranium Mining Ban

A uranium company has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Virginia's ban on uranium mining, arguing that the Fourth Circuit's backing of the ban conflicts with high court precedent that holds that state laws addressing…

After Atlanta fire and highway collapse, VDOT looks under state bridges

In the five weeks since a massive fire collapsed a key section of interstate in Atlanta, Virginia inspectors have found bales of hay, lumber, parked vehicles and a random assortment of other materials beneath state highways…

McAuliffe to sign Driver’s Ed bill in Hampton

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be on the Peninsula Monday to sign a bill that impacts driver's education for students across the state. McAuliffe will sign House Bill 2290, introduced by Del. Jeion Ward, D-Hampton. The bill adds…

Herring hopes Roanoke opioid initiative could help others statewide

Attorney General Mark Herring met Friday with Roanoke public safety and drug abuse prevention agencies for an update on a program aimed at curbing opioid abuse. Herring has made tackling the opioid crisis in Virginia one of his key objectives…

Gillespie touts income tax cut in the first TV ad of his campaign for VA. Governor

Political strategist Ed Gillespie on Thursday released the first TV ad of his campaign for the Republican nomination for Virginia governor, a 30-second spot focused on the 10 percent income tax cut that is the centerpiece of his bid…

Gubernatorial hopeful Frank Wagner pushes infrastructure investments

Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Wagner visited Roanoke Friday to pitch his campaign message of improving transportation infrastructure in order to create more jobs across Virginia…

Northam focuses on economics, healthcare during Martinsville visit

The House measure to revise the Affordable Care Act is of deep moral concern to gubernatorial hopeful Ralph Northam. Northam, Virginia’s current Lieutenant Governor, will face off against Tom Perriello on June 13 in the Democratic Party Primary Election to see…

Republican Lieutenant Governor candidates discuss revenue, transportation in Isle of Wight debate

State Sens. Jill Holtzman Vogel and Bryce Reeves, and Del. Glenn Davis — the three Republican candidates for lieutenant governor — discussed ethics, economic development strategies and transportation funding Saturday afternoon in Isle of Wight County…

‘The president that saved Sweet Briar’ prepares to step down

It was supposed to be a relaxing retirement for Sweet Briar College President Phillip C. Stone. But plans changed when Sweet Briar came perilously close to the brink of closing in March 2015. Stone, who will step down from his position at Sweet Briar this month, came out of retirement to help…

QTS sees big opportunities for Henrico data center with new tax rate, trans-Atlantic cable

The world’s seemingly insatiable appetite for digital information means demand is growing for space to store and process the data that flow through…

Adwolfe Sewer Project expected to bring economic benefits

Dirt began moving last week on a $4.5 million infrastructure project expected to enhance economic development opportunities and relieve the burden of failing septic systems for some residents…

Feds Investigating Uber For Regulator-Dodging Software

Uber is under federal investigation for using a software tool allowing it to dodge local transportation regulators that were cracking down on the ride-hailing giant’s unauthorized operations in certain cities and regions…

FCC’s Broadband reversal puts expanded access in doubt

The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to reverse the classification of broadband as a utility and rethink net neutrality rules may also undercut the agency’s ability to expand broadband through its universal service fund…

How one U.S. state is leading the charge to dismantle Obamacare

For nearly three years, Democrats and former President Barack Obama pointed to Kentucky as one of the Affordable Care Act’s biggest success stories. Now Kentucky is poised for a new distinction…

The world's most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data

A new commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A century ago, the resource in question was oil. Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data…

NC revenue surplus grows to $580.5 million as Senate finalizes budget

Legislative budget writers will have more funding to work with after North Carolina’s projected revenue surplus grew slightly to $580.5 million, according to projections released Friday…

Blue laws: North Carolina may allow alcohol before noon Sunday

Church and other religious institution leaders who are getting their holy robes in a bunch should rejoice in the potential relaxing of the state’s blue laws prohibiting alcohol sales before noon on Sundays…

Could NY College Plan work in VA.?

Would-be college students in the commonwealth are keenly aware of the costs of higher education — and the challenges that lurk if they can’t come up with the money. Last year, the College Board ranked Virginia’s four-year public colleges and universities among the most expensive in the country for…

Tax cuts and tax hikes: How candidates for Governor would affect your bottom line

Candidates seeking your vote in next month’s gubernatorial primaries want to change the way you’re taxed. But navigating their proposals is no easy task in an election that has drawn more attention for being a…

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