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Daily Clip 5/10/17
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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 .

 

McAuliffe, Hogan, Bowser call for sharing data on opioid prescribers

The elected leaders of Maryland, Virginia and the District called Tuesday for sharing data on opioid prescriptions as part of a regional effort to combat a rapidly growing addiction crisis…

General Assembly returns $1.5 Million to State Budget

Virginia's lawmakers say they are putting $1.5 million they did not spend this fiscal year back in the general fund. GOP House Speaker William J. Howell's office announced Monday that the General Assembly was living within…

ACA Exchange premium rates could rise by an average of 20 percent in Virginia next year

Health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act’s individual and small group markets in Virginia could cost an average of 20 percent more in 2018, according to initial rate filings with the state’s Bureau of Insurance…

State development leader tours ex-Alpha building

Virginia’s top economic developer expressed optimism Tuesday about recruiting a new tenant for the former Alpha Natural Resources corporate headquarters building. Stephen Moret, president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, led a delegation from Richmond…

Agreement clears way for Corps decision on power lines

Dominion Virginia Power, the Army Corps of Engineers and the historic preservation agencies of the state and federal government have signed off on a key agreement that needed to be addressed before the Corps could decide, one way or the other, on the utility's plan to…

Mountain States Health Alliance $2.5 Million grant will help patient connect with community providers

An effort to bring together medical and human-service organizations in Southwest Virginia to provide seamless and less expensive medical outcomes is getting a boost. The federal government has chosen Mountain States Health Alliance to receive a…

Richmond finance officials finalize agreement to proceed with halted audit of city tax collection efforts

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and City Auditor Umesh Dalal ended an icy standoff over a contested audit with the municipal equivalent of a warm hug Tuesday…

Despite outcry over stormwater improvements, Virginia Beach City Council approves budget with tax increase

Protesters outside City Hall and people inside implored council members Tuesday to fund stormwater improvements faster than 15 years and hold off on projects like a $40 milion field house…

Ballpark Financing: Prince William leaders split on ballot pitch

County supervisors have so far only taken a pair of public votes on the stadium proposal, a complex arrangement that would involve the county raising $35 million through bonds to construct the…

Raising the Gas Tax is no longer taboo in many States

While raising the gas tax is still a politically treacherous idea in Washington, lawmakers in state capitals are increasingly coming around to it. Already this year, governors in California, Indiana and Tennessee signed laws to raise fuel taxes, meaning a total of 22 states have passed laws imposing…

With HB2 gone, Credit Suisse adding 1200 workers in the Triangle

The new jobs created by Credit Suisse will pay an average annual salary of more than $100,000. The company will receive $40.2 million in state incentives if it meets its hiring and investment targets...

NC public legal notices: Bill could harm newspapers by moving ads to local government websites

Newspaper publishers say legislation that recently passed the N.C. Senate would harm “the public’s right to know” by moving government notices from published ads to little-viewed corners of local government websites…

State Clean Power policies seen as tough to upend

News that the Trump administration may try to override state clean energy policies has stoked concerns that it will boost fossil fuel-fired electricity generators at the expense of renewables, but experts say states are on solid legal ground, and…

VA drops plan to use Private Providers for extended care

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has withdrawn a proposed rule that would have allowed it to use Medicare or state procedures to enter into “extended care” agreements with private providers, saying…

EPA seeks governors' input in rewriting Obama water rule

The agencies are first formally repealing that rule, and will then write a new version with a smaller reach to define the jurisdiction of the federal Clean Water Act…

New safety risks detected in one-third of FDA-approved drugs

To win FDA approval, medications must be shown to be safe and effective. But many pivotal clinical trials used for approval involve fewer than 1,000 patients with follow-up of six months or less, according to the study. Safety problems often crop up years later after therapies have

Senate confirms Trump's FDA pick

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Scott Gottlieb, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Gottlieb, a former FDA director and deputy commissioner under former President...

Court to rehear case on FTC's authority

A federal court will rehear a case brought by AT&T against the Federal Trade Commission, after it ruled last year that the agency does not have authority over telecommunications companies...

Northam, Perriello fight over liberal street cred at Union hall debate

The Democratic hopefuls in this year's governor's race sparred Tuesday over their progressive credentials, poking at weaknesses in the other's resume. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam voted for President George W. Bush, twice, something former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello…

Time for Southwest Virginia to disrupt Virginia politics

We do not normally fashion ourselves as trouble-makers. We prefer to lower our voices while others are raising theirs. Come, let us reason together. However, it may be time to make an exception…

Schapiro: Virginia’s national state election

About two weeks ago, Tom Perriello’s advertising consultants were scouting locations for a new commercial — one that ultimately would go viral. They needed an automobile junkyard in which there was a worn-out ambulance and a hydraulic crusher. The former would be fed to the latter…

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