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Daily Clip 5/18/17
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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 .

 

Virginia Legislators scramble to protect State in Federal Health Care debate

Virginia legislators have little time to prescribe ways for the U.S. Senate to cure pending health care legislation they said could be harmful to the state’s Medicaid program and budget. A new legislative subcommittee…

McAuliffe urges lawmakers to 'get their act together' on cybersecurity

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday accused members of Congress of failing to properly address cybersecurity issues or fund related efforts…

Race between Democrats running for Virginia Governor is neck-and-neck

Virginia Democrats Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam are battling in a very close contest for the party’s gubernatorial primary, with divisions reemerging from last year’s Democratic presidential race, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll…

Prison Board in limbo before new role begins

Seven people locked up in Virginia’s local and regional jails have died since Feb. 25, the day the General Assembly passed a law requiring official reviews of inmate deaths. The reviews, however, haven’t started yet because the funding…

Bear Island Paper Mill in Hanover shutting down; 165 employees being laid off

The Bear Island newsprint manufacturing mill in northern Hanover County is being closed, affecting 165 employees, its parent company announced Wednesday. White Birch Paper Co., a Connecticut-based company that owns the plant, said it plans to…

State to fund upkeep of historic black graves, as it does for confederate ones

The state will start treating historic African American graves more like it treats Civil War graves under legislation that passed this session, and the budget funding tied to it…

McAuliffe to kick off $5M drone runway on Eastern Shore

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to soar Thursday in an autonomous Centaur aircraft on the Eastern Shore to launch the state's new $5 million runway dedicated to drone research and development…

Hanover attracts second solar farm proposal

A West Coast company is in the early stages of proposing a solar farm in Hanover County. OneEnergy Renewables of Seattle is forming plans for a small renewable energy solar project…

Hospital group provides guidelines for protecting information

A Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association task force has developed a set of guidelines to help hospitals and health systems guard against cyberattack...

WestRock plans $50 million investment project

The proposal is being vetted by the town, and the Town Council could consider a special use permit application for the project on May 30. A public hearing is scheduled the same day…

Gloucester board seeks to expand broadband service

High-speed broadband internet service was a priority item on the agenda for the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors during a meeting Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse. The board approved a resolution accepting a Virginia Telecommunications Initiative Grant…

Renewable groups push back on Energy Department electric grid study

Four renewable energy groups on Tuesday pushed back against a Department of Energy power sector review that they say threatens wind, solar and other industries…

Berger defends 3 a.m. budget changes that cut education in Democrats’ districts

N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger is defending Republican legislators’ controversial 3 a.m. move to strip funding from several education programs in counties represented by Democrats. He argues that the change was necessary to address the state’s opioid epidemic without raising taxes…

Amazon eyes move into pharmacy market: report

Whether Amazon will actually go through with the move remains to be seen. But the company has held annual meetings on topic for the last few years and is reported to be hiring heavily from the pharmacy industry…

Sinclair deal puts heat on FCC

Sinclair announced earlier this month that it had reached an agreement to buy Tribune for $3.9 billion. The announcement came several weeks after the FCC voted to ease restrictions on the amount of local television stations that broadcasters can own…

GOP Sen. floats Tax Bill to help with investment expenses

The third-ranked Republican senator introduced a tax bill Wednesday that would allow businesses investing in equipment and property to immediately write off up to $2 million and would increase the amount of startup costs that…

Senate Bill would ease stress testing for small banks

A bipartisan Senate bill introduced Wednesday would eliminate stress testing requirements on smaller banks by lifting the threshold for mandating those tests of banks' ability to survive a crisis…

Why are U.S. auto sales suddenly slipping into reverse?

When news leaked out Tuesday that Ford Motor would cut 10 percent of its salaried workers, it underscored how the auto industry's strong sales are slipping after years of consecutive growth since the Great Recession…

Long: Can Governor do what he wants?

If the Governor of Virginia really, really wants something, is he allowed to circumvent the law to get it? When you cut to the chase, that’s the issue being debated in Richmond when it comes to Medicaid expansion…

House Speaker Howell on McAuliffe carbon order

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) released the following statement Tuesday following the announcement that the Commonwealth of Virginia will begin to promulgate regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions…

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