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Daily Clip 5/30/17
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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 .

 

Was Airport’s $5 Million loan agreement constitutional?

Aside from whether the Peninsula Airport Commission followed state laws and procedures when it guaranteed a $5 million loan to a start-up airline in 2014, another potentially significant question remains: Was the deal constitutional?...

Coalbed methane suits moving forward for SW VA. landowners

Years-long litigation involving coalbed methane production in Southwest Virginia is moving forward after recent decisions in federal court. Landowners who claim they haven’t received sufficient royalties for coalbed methane gas taken from their properties filed federal suits against…

Petersburg to write off $9 Million in internal debt to clear books moving forward

Petersburg will write off $9 million in uncollected internal debt the financially beleaguered city has amassed over the past 17 years, leaving it with a negative balance in last year’s budget but a clear book moving forward. The debt represents loans from…

New tool for opioid prescription monitoring program gives insight on patient drug use

Opioid prescription control is getting increasingly sophisticated, and Tidewaters Bayview Physicians Group is the first healthcare system in Virginia to try out new monitoring technology. The newly system is called NarxCare, and it is part of the state’s…

OIG stings Virginia for failing to secure Medicaid data

An audit of Virginia Medicaid’s processing system revealed several vulnerabilities that left Medicaid beneficiaries’ data exposed, according to a recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General. Further…

Virginia among states scrambling to comply with Federal Real ID law

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing a new driver’s license next year to bring the state in compliance with a sweeping federal law that tightens security requirements for state-issued identification. Virginia is one of several states scrambling to comply with the controversial…

Coal Country’s power plants are turning away from coal

Coal is on the defensive in the nation’s power industry. Even in coal country. The pressure to shift more of the country’s electric supply to renewable sources is not just a rallying cry for environmentalists. Some of the power industry’s biggest customers…

VA. Crime Commission to study expansion of DNA databank

The Virginia State Crime Commission will consider expanding the state DNA database of convicted people by including more misdemeanors. While a larger database of DNA profiles from offenders would help solve more crimes, further expansion…

Danville Utilities receives national recognition

Danville Utilities has once again earned the Reliable Public Power Provider designation from the American Public Power Association for providing customers with reliable and safe electric service…

NC House releases budget's income tax plan, state retiree bonus

N.C. House Republican leaders unveiled the tax and finance provisions of their budget Tuesday morning, including changes to the standard deduction for personal income taxpayers and a boost for state retirees…

Three Mile Island nuclear plant to close

The power plant is retiring 15 years before its federal license is due for renewal, falling victim to the same competitive electricity marketplace that has doomed numerous other nuclear plants in recent years, Exelon Corp. said…

House to consider Dodd-Frank rewrite bill in June

The bill would make numerous changes to key parts of Dodd-Frank, including reducing the power of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a common target of Republicans, and replacing the Orderly Liquidation Authority with a new bankruptcy process for financial institutions…

Too-good-to-be-true pensions face massive shortfall

For many Americans, defined benefit pensions have been a dream come true. After a few decades of labor, they’ve retired in their 50s or early 60s with a comfortable pension income for life. But that dream come true is too good to last…

In VA. Governor’s race, Gillespie in a tight spot on immigration in Trump era

With about three weeks to go before Virginia Republicans pick their nominee for governor, front-runner Ed Gillespie is engaged in an awkward two-step as he tries to appeal to Donald Trump voters as well as more mainstream “big tent” Republicans…

Pragmatism vs. populism at cordial final debate in VA. Democratic Gubernatorial race

The two Virginia Democrats locked in a tight race for their party’s gubernatorial nomination were cordial in their final debate but offered competing visions for a swing state where Republicans control the legislature…

Perriello confident undecided voters will break his way

Democratic candidate for governor Tom Perriello said Friday that the amount of undecided voters heading into Virginia’s primary is good news for his “challenger”-type campaign. “I do encourage everyone to engage right now in the primary…

Schapiro: Dems motivated, but will that bring wins?

Virginia Democrats are gushing that, if only because of push-back to President Donald Trump, they have a slew of candidates this year for the House of Delegates, with the party contesting 54 of 66 Republican-held seats. It is a huge increase from two years ago, when…

How local stakeholders say FCC can push Rural Broadband

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has a slate of initiatives aimed at speeding up the expansion of broadband service in rural areas, including one that would potentially cut red tape by preempting state and local…

Healthcare is not a federal responsibility — leave it to the states

Media focus on healthcare continues to be stuck down in the weeds. They never look at the big picture and the public is blind to what matters. Washington’s 2008-2010 focus on healthcare culminated in the Affordable Care Act, which reformed health insurance. A recent…

We need big ideas for the Coalfields

The Wise County School Board has made the painful decision to shut down the last schools in the town of Appalachia. Appalachia High School closed in 2011. The school…

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