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Daily Clip 6/9/17
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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 .

 

Virginia Supreme Court considers whether to discipline two judges

In an unusual hearing on Thursday, the Virginia Supreme Court listened to 40 minutes of argument on a recommendation that it discipline two retired judges for political activity last year. The Judicial Inquiry Review Commission is asking the court to censure…

Amazon web services to set up East Coast Corporate campus in Herndon

Amazon Web Services Inc.’s plan to open a corporate campus in Herndon will yield the state up to 1,500 new jobs. The Virginia governor’s office made the announcement Thursday that the cloud services division…

Some are worried a funding issue could cause 4 year delay for HRBT construction

Those in charge of funding the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion are alarmed that the timing of state funding could jeopardize the timeline of the new tunnel project. The potential delay could drive up costs from…

How Newport News Airport bought into People Express plan

The prime movers of the Peninsula Airport Commission's plan to use taxpayer funds to guarantee People Express' debt to politically connected TowneBank relied on the startup's rosy financial projections — projections called into question by other information those officials used to hammer out the deal that…

Danville, Martinsville hospitals form new health care system

Memorial Hospital and Danville Regional look to grow in the coming months. They'll just be doing it under a new name. The two hospitals announced plans Thursday to merge into SOVAH Health, forming one regional medical center with a campus operating in both cities…

Group sues Virginia Environmental Agency over pipeline permitting

Groups fighting Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline are suing the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality over its decision to certify that a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “blanket” permit for the project will adequately protect water quality in the state…

Painkiller prescriptions dropping in Virginia after new rules implemented

The number of prescriptions for painkillers filled by pharmacies in Virginia has fallen since the Board of Medicine in March issued new regulations. David Brown, director of the Virginia Department of Health Professions, on Wednesday told the committee overseeing the Prescription Monitoring Program that…

Montgomery County to buy land to expand industrial park for $2.5 million

Montgomery County officials announced Wednesday morning that the locality’s Economic Development Authority reached an agreement with Cox Family Farms LLC to buy 124 acres of land adjacent to the Falling Branch Corporate Park…

Is a regional transportation authority in Fredericksburg's future

Creating a regional transportation authority, such as Northern Virginia has done, would allow it to increase the local sales tax, grantor’s tax and transient occupancy tax as well as issue long-term bonds to fund local transportation projects…

Dominion Energy undecided on plans for third reactor at Lake Anna

Although the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently granted a license to Dominion Energy to add a third nuclear reactor at its North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, the company remains undecided on whether to pursue that option…

NC House, Senate cancel Cooper's call for redistricting special session, calling it ‘unconstitutional’

The legislature on Thursday canceled Gov. Roy Cooper’s call for a special legislative session for redistricting, making the case that the governor’s move a day earlier was unconstitutional. The state House voted 71-44. The Senate followed suit without holding a vote, and Republicans cut off Democrats who sought to debate it on the floor…

TVA seeks input on environmental policy act

The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public input on proposed changes to its procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act. The act establishes the process for considering and disclosing potential environmental impacts of major federal actions…

Tennessee tax cuts, increases coming July 1

The state is raising taxes on gasoline and vehicle registrations and lowering grocery taxes to provide funds for transportation updates under the IMPROVE Act, which stands for “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy.”…

The FDA just asked a drugmaker to remove its opioid painkiller

We are facing an opioid epidemic – a public health crisis, and we must take all necessary steps to reduce the scope of opioid misuse and abuse," FDA commissioner Scott Gottliebsaid in a news release. If Endo doesn't remove the drug from the market voluntarily, then the FDA can formally withdraw its approval…

Building a sustainable 'Highway of the Future'

Just past the Alabama border, in a bit of rural Georgia filled with manufacturing plants and distribution warehouses, there’s an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 where new technologies are being tested for what could be a green highway of the future…

House passes bill overhauling Dodd-Frank

In a party-line vote the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would repeal and replace many of the financial regulations put in place by the Dodd-Frank Act…

Pa. House passes sweeping gambling expansion measure

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Wednesday night passed a sweeping measure to expand gambling in the state that would authorize online gambling, regulate daily fantasy sports contests and, most controversially allow as many as 40,000 video gaming terminals…

Union Head urges lawmakers to invest billions in Broadband

The head of the Communications Workers of America has urged several legislators to make tens of billions of dollars' worth of investments in broadband, as a critical part of any broader government effort to invest in the nation’s infrastructure…

Mysterious pro-Northam PAC goes negative on Perriello, drawing rebuke from Northam

A mysterious PAC supporting Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam in Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary has launched a last-minute digital ad that attacks former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello over a controversial abortion vote, a negative message that drew a public rebuke from Northam…

Republicans rebuke ‘gay bashing’ fliers in race for VA. Lt. Governor

Virginia state Sen. Bryce Reeves blasted one of his Republican rivals in the primary race for lieutenant governor for supporting the appointment of the state’s first openly gay judge. Now, other Republicans are accusing Reeves of gay bashing, prompting an intraparty dispute…

Making deals that pay off

Sometimes it's not about the deal itself, but about how the deal gets done. One of the biggest and most heartfelt commitments for this Editorial Board is defending the idea that the public should have a plain view and a clear understanding of how their tax dollars are being spent…

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