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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 accuses Northrop Grumman of obstructing IT transition to run up costs

Virginia officials say the state would have faced “open-ended” information technology costs under a mediated settlement agreement with Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. that Gov. Terry McAuliffe refused to sign in early April. The “memorandum of agreement”…

Attorney General, Innocence Project at odds in Innocence petition

The Virginia Supreme Court has turned down a state request that it toss out a filing by The Innocence Project in a pending actual innocence case. The high court's order last Friday is the latest development in sparring over…

Republicans fume as McAuliffe Administration skips meeting on climate change directive

After promising to “barrage” Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration with questions about the governor’s recent climate change directive, Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Wagner on Wednesday found himself squaring off against an empty podium…

Dominion Energy getting license for third reactor at North Anna

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will issue a license in the next few days for a proposed third nuclear reactor at Dominion Energy’s North Anna plant near Mineral in Louisa County. However, given the massive cost of…

Environmental issues stifle Tranlin project

The future of a $2 billion proposed paper mill in Chesterfield may hinge on the success of its Chinese parent company’s efforts to develop new technology in China. In early May, Tranlin Inc., also known as Vastly, announced that construction of its Chesterfield plant was on hold as…

Records: Former Newport News Airport Execs spent big on travel

Traffic at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport has been in a slump since People Express Airlines started, and quickly failed, to launch service — except for one select group: executives of the Peninsula Airport Commission…

McAuliffe highlights solar project; urges localities to get serious about alternate energy

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe applauded a Dan River Region solar energy project and said Virginia needs to get serious about alternative energy if it wants to attract large tech companies and other employers during an energy roundtable discussion…

Eastman announces expansion plans in Henry County

Eastman Chemical will invest $11.7 million to expand its manufacturing in Henry County, adding 15 new jobs in the process. That announcement came Tuesday from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who…

Virginia ranked 6th in the nation in magazine's 'prosperity' rating

The state of Virginia ranked sixth in the nation in the new 'Prosperity Cup' ratings put out annually by Site Selection magazine. This marks an improvement of seven spots over last…

Alpha sells off some West Virginia operations

Alpha Natural Resources has sold off substantially all of the assets of a coal mining complex and a natural gas operation in West Virginia…

Environmental groups sue over lack of action on nutrient pollution in Shenandoah River

A group of environmental and outdoors organizations are taking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to court over Virginia’s lack of action to stem fish-killing algal blooms caused by nutrient pollution in the Shenandoah River and its tributaries…

Alexandrians’ sewage bills will be going up and up in the next 10 years

The cost of significantly reducing sewage overflows into the Potomac River watershed is expected to rise at least another $25 to $35 per month each year for the next five years for Alexandria homeowners, as the city scrambles to figure out how to design and build a system that will meet state demands…

Feds levy $155M fine against software vendor for faulty patient records

A leading electronic health records maker and its founders will pay $155 million to resolve a lawsuit that accused the company of selling faulty software and defrauding the program that subsidized doctors to computerize their patient records, the Justice Department announced Wednesday…

No deal for Ill. lawmakers after 700 days without a budget

On the state's 700th day without a budget, the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday indicated that it would ignore its scheduled May 31 adjournment and move into overtime in its efforts to pass a spending plan to…

Ohio sues painkiller manufacturers over opioid addiction

The Ohio attorney general is suing five manufacturers of prescription opioids, alleging the companies made false statements about the risks and benefits of their painkillers that fueled the state’s epidemic of opioid addiction….

Here are companies recruited to NC – and those that said no

The Economic Development Partnership of NC, part of the state’s corporate recruiting for the state, must provide the General Assembly with yearly performance data. Here’s a list of each company or other entity that the partnership referred to…

A McCrory jobs initiative survived a rocky start and may get money to expand its reach

Nearly 2 1/2 years after it launched, the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. has survived a rocky start and skepticism from the new governor. Success can be hard to measure…

Faster 5G wireless networks would get green light under NC House bill – but some fear health effects

Legislation that passed the N.C. House Tuesday would smooth the way for wireless providers to upgrade to faster 5G service, but the bill prompted concerns that it strips local governments of control and…

Larry Hogan: Let's craft a better microbrewery law

Maryland’s Republican governor let a controversial new microbrewery law go into effect recently without his signature and is urging the Democrat-dominated General Assembly to craft a more business-friendly bill next year…

Carbon Cap Rule in Washington State faces legal challenge

Even as the Trump administration seeks to roll back Obama-era rules to curb greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants, Washington state is forging ahead with its own rules to cap carbon pollution from big industrial facilities…

How a Supreme Court ruling on printer cartridges changes what it means to buy almost anything

The case has huge implications for the way we think about technology ownership in America, and your rights as a user…

Davis: I will focus on creating jobs

“Too often, what politicians say has no relationship with what they do,” said your May 13th editorial. It frustrates me as much or more than it frustrates you. It’s one of the reasons I ran for office in the first place…

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