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Daily Clip 6/5/17
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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 rewards current and former Cabinet members with College Board seats

Gov. Terry McAuliffe doled out some of Virginia’s juiciest political plums to seven current or former administration officials and two of their wives on Friday, appointing them to boards overseeing state colleges and universities…

VDOT to Peninsula Airport Commission: Give State back $4.5 Million

The Virginia Department of Transportation wants the Peninsula Airport Commission to pay back to the state about $4.5 million that was improperly used to secure a loan for an airline that later folded, according to a report released Friday by VDOT’s Assurance and Compliance Office…

Elizabeth River Crossings is altering its late fees for unpaid tolls and revamping its billing practices

Elizabeth River Crossings is altering its late fees for unpaid tolls and revamping its billing practices. The changes went into effect Friday. ERC has implemented a 30-day monthly billing cycle. The change ends the practice of sending multiple, sometimes confusing, invoices every month to customers…

Deed prevents renaming of Jackson Park, lawyer say

Like its idea of moving Charlottesville’s statues of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, the city could face legal challenges against its efforts to alter two public parks and add context to the legacy of the Confederacy and its military officers. As the City Council…

Henrico County Sheriff: Jail Oversight not enough to help mentally ill Virginians

Around the time last month that Gov. Terry McAuliffe was signing a bill aimed at protecting Virginia’s mentally ill inmates, a man dubbed “John Doe, black shirt, black pants” sat silently in an isolation cell at Henrico County Jail. For days…

States scramble to prevent ObamaCare exodus

Insurance commissioners are pulling out all the stops to keep insurers from leaving their states amid uncertainty over ObamaCare's future.They are offering insurers new, previously unheard of flexibilities to try to keep them in the market…

Cigna subpoenas Brownstein Hyatt Docs in Anthem fight

As Cigna and Anthem battle after the death of their $54 billion merger, Cigna wants details about a top Trump nominee's lobbying work last year on behalf of Anthem, and told the…

Maryland's Energy Storage Credit has strings attached

Last month, Maryland became the first state in the U.S. to offer a tax credit for energy storage systems. But its value may be limited by a cap on the total amount of credits the state will issue in a given year…

Supreme Court curbs SEC power to seize profits from fraud

The Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday that curbs the power of the Securities and Exchange Commission to recoup profits earned in securities fraud. In a unanimous ruling, the court said the SEC can order companies to pay back illegal profits through disgorgement, but…

Sunday morning "brunch bill" expands to stores, clubs

The so-called “brunch bill” the state Senate approved on Thursday expands the sale of alcohol on Sunday morning to more than just restaurants. A late addition to…

Fledgling Farmers Market restaurant closes in Petersburg, operator sued

A group of investors in downtown Petersburg is left with a dormant restaurant after pumping nearly $2 million into the venture, only to see its operator turn over the keys three months later…

Dan River landfill ready for coal ash

Within a week, Duke Energy hopes to begin moving coal ash into a new landfill on property that once held the power plant that spewed tons of the powdery waste into the adjoining Dan River three years ago…

Virginia governor's race 'a referendum on pipelines'

Shock. Confusion. Anger. Powerlessness. Virginia property owners in the paths of two proposed natural gas pipelines have felt that range of emotions since the expansive interstate projects were announced in 2014. Now, as five men vie to become Virginia’s next governor, environmental activists and pipeline fighters spy a glimmer of hope…

Republican Gubernatorial candidates focus on Virginia’s economy

Following conventional political wisdom, Ed Gillespie has the edge in next week’s Republican primary for governor. He has raised considerably more money and is well ahead in polls. But his two opponents beg to differ. They argue that the state’s first GOP governor’s primary in 12 years will be a test…

After giving Democrats a brief scare in 2009, Northam says he’d be 'steady hand' as Governor

He’s hailed by nearly every Virginia Democrat in state and federal office as a steadfast pick to be the next governor, but Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam acknowledges that early 2009 was “kind of a rocky time” in his political career…

Six Virginia communities try to make Community College free

Across the country, there is a growing call to make community college free. The argument is a simple one that grows out of modern economics: We provide free K-12 education because a high school diploma once was essential for success in the economy; anything else was optional. That’s no longer the case…

Kilgore, Chafin and Pillion: Unique hydro projects would help coalfields

As legislators who represent Southwest Virginia, we all read the recent editorial in this paper (“We Need Big Ideas for the Coalfields” May 30) with great interest. We call the coalfield region home, and we know, firsthand, the challenges facing this special part of our Commonwealth…

Brat and Wittman: GOP Health Plan heals failing system, lowers costs

By any measure, the Affordable Care Act — commonly known as Obamacare — has failed to deliver on its promises to lower costs, increase access to care, and expand choice. In fact, the exact opposite has occurred…

Kaine: Health Care reform starts with listening

Wherever you stand on the health care debate in Congress, we can all agree that our health care system should be improved. And most of us share the same goals — affordable coverage for everyone with no discrimination against people who have pre-existing health conditions…

Stephens: Keep Virginia’s Health-care regulatory process

They say everything is bigger in Texas. That certainly appears to be the case when it comes to the mess the Lone Star State created by deregulating health care. The move hasn’t enhanced access to care and has sent costs skyrocketing…

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