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Daily Clip 5/25/17
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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 signs new law that toughens jail oversight

Two signatures. Two cities. One high-profile death. In the name of Jamycheal Mitchell on Wednesday, the state’s highest elected official signed a bill in Richmond strengthening oversight of Virginia’s 60 local and regional jails, and…

McAuliffe pardons woman to help stem deportation

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has pardoned a minor driving offense committed years ago by an immigrant mother of two, saying he hopes it will help prevent her deportation. Immigration advocates have protested the…

DEQ acknowledges error, clarifies approach to review of pipelines

Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality admitted Wednesday that it provided inaccurate information nearly seven weeks ago about how it plans to handle review of potential water quality impacts of two deeply controversial natural gas transmission pipelines…

Liberty University reaches deal with State Tobacco Commission

Liberty University announced Tuesday it has finalized the purchase of the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research along U.S. 460 in Bedford County after months of negotiations…

Why SAIC and other government services firms are setting up remote IT shops

McLean-based Science Applications International Corp. is investing in remote IT services facilities, joining a growing list of government contracting firms looking at new ways to cut costs…

Virginia Tech receives NSA cybersecurity designation

The National Security Agency has designated Virginia Tech as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. That makes Virginia Tech the first university in the commonwealth, and one of 16 in the nation, to receive the designation. The program is designed to…

Army Corps of Engineers is using Norfolk as a model to fight off coastal flooding

The Army Corps of Engineers and Norfolk city officials are trotting out an early look at what a citywide flood protection strategy might look like. And it could reshape miles of shoreline in the city…

Wrongly convicted “Norfolk Four” threaten $68 million in lawsuits, and the city has no insurance

Lawsuits over the wrongful convictions of Navy sailors in a 1997 rape and murderwould be potentially catastrophic to Norfolk's municipal budget and could meana tax increase or steep cuts in city services…

Moving City Hall to Town Center would cost $65M, study says

In the coming months, the council faces a difficult decision: add onto and renovate the historic City Hall at the Municipal Center or build a new headquarters for the city’s leaders…

Danville city manager outlines possible cuts to fill $1.4 million budget gap budget

Danville City Council has agreed to consider a combination of cost reductions and added revenues to fill a $1.4 million budget gap in the upcoming 2017-18 budget following council’s rejection of a meals tax increase earlier this month…

Who will repay grant? City council considers options

Martinsville City Council will explore its options to gradually repay an $800,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant, members said on Tuesday. The council also wants an explanation of how the money was used, according to Mayor Gene Teague…

Virginia Beach short-term rental fines too steep for new state regulation

The city is still tackling how to manage online short-term rentals, like Airbnb and HomeAway, almost a year aftertaking actionbased on its concern. City officials gave recommendations on how to regulate short-term rentalsin the wake of the…

NC State Health Plan's top administrator resigns, says Fowell has 'different vision

Mona Moon, who has been the executive administrator in charge of day-to-day operations for the N.C. State Health Plan for the last four years, has abruptly resigned. Moon’s resignation, which she submitted Tuesday and took effect immediately, comes after…

’Gambling on training wheels’ NC House could legalize nonprofit ‘game night’ fundraisers

Restaurants and bars could host nonprofit fundraisers featuring games of chance and alcohol under a bill that passed the N.C. House Finance Committee Tuesday. House Bill 511 would create an exemption from the state’s gambling ban for nonprofits that host “game night” events…

Anthem reviewing whether it will participate in ObamaCare next year

Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish, speaking at a healthcare conference Wednesday, said uncertainty surrounding the GOP's repeal effort has the company evaluating its footprint on the exchanges for 2018…

Research effort lines up funds, awaits buy-in from others

A powerful new state committee has committed $20 million to help build an advanced medical research center in Northern Virginia that will include scientists from the University of Virginia and George Mason University, but it is holding back up to $8 million to…

O’Rielly pushes for FCC to preempt Local rules to build 5G

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly pushed for rules on Tuesday to clear the way for the deployment of broadband infrastructure, saying the agency should clarify that localities are prohibited from imposing barriers to…

Fla. Port wins approval for $438M expansion

Port Everglades near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, received approval on Wednesday for a planned $437.5 million expansion project that will add capacity and infrastructure for large cargo ships, the biggest expansion in the port’s history…

How much do States rely on Federal funding?

There's a wide range of dependence across and within the states. Here's a state-by-state look at how welfare, education and roads could be impacted by the next budget that Trump signs…

Obama's Clean Power Plan might be dead in D.C., but States are rebuilding it themselves

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that his state will develop its own policy to limit carbon emissions–joining a growing list of state governments across the country uniting in their desire to lower pollution and increase renewables…

Epstein: Reality sets in for wealthiest state in country

A recent story in the Wall Street Journal foretells a grim financial future for Connecticut, the wealthiest state in the union by per capita income. Its great wealth, however, does not translate into financial stability. For this coming year, the state expects a $400 million shortfall in tax collections that will…

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