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Daily Clip 6/2/17
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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 .

 

Small business grants not helping poorer regions of Virginia

A grant program designed to boost small businesses has resulted in few new jobs in the poorer parts of Virginia. A new report shows that the Small Business Jobs Grant Fund helped retain or create 444 new jobs in fiscal 2016. But most of those jobs were…

Dominion overcharged some customers on electric bills

Virginia's largest regulated electricity monopoly says it overcharged some of its customers for years by not properly reading their meters, but isn't sure how far back the problem may go…

Gov. McAuliffe signs bill to allow autonomous delivery robots

Autonomous delivery robots will be legal on Virginia sidewalks starting July 1, with approval from local city councils. Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation Thursday at Town Center in Virginia Beach to approve the cooler-like robots that could…

Panel set to select abandoned mine site projects

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has developed an advisory group to select projects for approval for economic development. The agency will receive $10 million to develop abandoned mine land sites, according to a written statement. The grant comes from…

Med school officials don’t see payback request as a problem

A demand for the repayment of an $800,000 state grant is not stopping Dr. Noel Boaz from planning to establish a medical college in the city. “We’re more convinced now it’s going to work than ever before,” Boaz said, referring to…

Amazon Data Center, Dominion power line under federal scrutiny

A pair of federal agencies could soon delay the construction of a controversial data center in Haymarket, and the new power line Dominion Energy is building to help support the project. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an agency that advises the…

Philip Morris CEO departs

Cliff Fleet, who until recent weeks led the cigarette-manufacturing arm of local tobacco giant Altria Group, is no longer with the company…

Is Aetna insurance looking to Virginia to relocate its corporate headquarters?

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has expressed an interest in getting Aetna’s headquarters for Virginia, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd P. Haymore said late Wednesday…

Port grants $1 million for maritime projects in 7 Hampton Roads cities

The funding from the Aid to Local Ports program is intended to support community upgrades of local ports and waterfront parks, to repair and maintain maritime assets, to spur waterfront development and to generate revenue and jobs…

Growers Exchange will build greenhouse in Henrico County Industries

A Richmond-area online seller of herbs is building a greenhouse in eastern Henrico County.
The Growers Exchange, which currently has operations on a 600-acre farm in Charles City County, has purchased land and soon will start construction on four acres at Tech Park Place in Varina…

NC House votes 80-31 to approve budget, with support from a few Democrats

The votes set up a negotiating process with the Senate, which already passed its own $22.9 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in July. Starting next week, Republican leaders from both chambers will work out their differences in private, with the goal of passing a compromise budget by the end of June and sending it to…

Wal-Mart tests delivery of online packages by store workers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing a program that allows store workers to deliver packages ordered on the store's website after they finish their shifts, as the retailer looks for ways to close the gap with rival…

Single-payer healthcare plan advances in California Senate — without a way to pay its $400-billion tab

A proposal to adopt a single-payer healthcare system for California took an initial step forward Thursday when the state Senate approved a bare-bones bill that lacks a method for paying the $400-billion cost of the plan…

Sen. Grassley: EpiPen maker overcharged taxpayers nearly $1.3B

Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the maker of EpiPens for allergy sufferers, may have overcharged taxpayers as much as $1.27 billion by misclassifying their life-saving devices under Medicaid’s drug rebate program from 2006 to 2016, a government watchdog has informed Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa…

Wisconsin proposal would help keep chronically ill out of emergency rooms

Last year in Wisconsin, thousands of people visited an emergency room more than seven times each—a stream of bad outcomes for taxpayers, the health care industry and the patients themselves. To respond, lawmakers voted last week to givehospitals a powerful financial incentive to…

National and State Democrats split over Virginia Democratic primary

This month's Democratic gubernatorial primary race in Virginia may appear to be something of a replay of the 2016 Hillary Clinton-vs.-Bernie Sanders fight. After all, progressive former Rep. Tom Perriello is challenging heir apparent Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in the contest to…

How hopefuls for Virginia Governor would affect your wallet

The five candidates running to be Virginia's next governor are each making promises that could affect pocketbooks in different ways, ranging from how much Virginians get paid, to how much they pay in taxes to tolls to college costs…

Meet the five candidates running for Governor

This year’s race for Virginia governor is shaping up to be an early test of the tectonic changes to the political landscape in the Trump era. The only other statewide contest in 2017 — New Jersey’s gubernatorial race — is not considered competitive, so the spotlight is squarely on Virginia…

The long, winding road for driverless cars

Carmakers like to talk about autonomous vehicles (AVs) as if they will be in showrooms in three or four years' time. The rosy picture they paint suggests people will soon be whisked from place to place by…

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