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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 .

 

And now, Virginia primary voters chose their man

Virginians began voting Tuesday to select candidates for this fall’s election of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and every seat in the House of Delegates, as well as other local offices. The nation is watching what otherwise would be a sleepy primary…

Governor signs bills to improve Mental Health services

The state increased its commitment to ensuring quality mental health care for citizens Monday after Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law three pieces of legislation that will more strictly govern mental health screenings and require Community Service Boards to expand their offerings by 2021…

Governor, legislators look for 'proof of the pudding' in revamped economic development agency

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership has new leadership and a revamped governing board, so now Gov. Terry McAuliffe and General Assembly leaders want to see results for “the new Virginia economy”…

ABC looks at options for new warehouse and HQ, but on a political leash

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has begun looking for a new home, but it still does not know whether it will be in the same Richmond neighborhood or when to start packing. The outcome could make a difference in…

Purchase agreement signed for $100 million project at Berry Hill Industrial Park

A second business has signed a purchase agreement for acreage in the Berry Hill Industrial Park, the Regional Industrial Facility Authority announced at a meeting Monday…

Bristol Virginia City Council seeks status of OptiNet deal

Eleventh-hour concerns by Bristol Virginia City Council appear to threaten BVU Authority’s proposed sale of its OptiNet division…

McAuliffe backs funding for a Drone Facility in Covington

A former primary school in Covington would be converted to a drone research and recreational facility with the help of federal funding backed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe announced Monday that he is recommending…

Tasting room opens at Ballast Point; brewing still to come

This is the company's first step in establishing its East Coast production facility, and brewery officials expect to begin brewing beer by the end of the summer…

Newport News airport has all of its money in one basket: TowneBank. Now it's hoping to spread it around

The Peninsula Airport Commission voted Monday to authorize airport staff to execute banking agreements with EVB, BB&T and SunTrust, if they choose…

Internet provider seeks injunction after losing Roanoke School contract

An internet service provider is asking a judge to block construction of a broadband network for the Roanoke public schools, arguing the contract was improperly awarded and puts unnecessary costs on taxpayers. Shentel was awarded the contract when it proposed…

Treasury releases first proposal to roll back Dodd-Frank

The Treasury Department proposed on Monday several changes to Obama-era banking regulations, the first specifics on how President Trump would try to “dismantle” the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act…

Iowa proposes plan to stabilize its insurance market

The state has proposed a “stopgap measure” in the face of the possibility that it may not have insurers willing to sell plans in its individual insurance marketplace. At least one carrier…

Supreme Court rules to speed marketing of lower-cost ‘biosimilar’ drugs

Manufacturers of copycat "biosimilar" medical products will be able to bring their drugs to the market faster after a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday…

Supreme Court to examine legality of patent reviews

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take a case that could affect the process used for challenging patents in the United States. The challenge focuses on inter partes reviews…

Potomac Nationals: Stadium deal can't wait on November referendum

The Potomac Nationals are issuing an ultimatum to Prince William County lawmakers: sign a new stadium deal in July or wave goodbye to the minor league team. The P-Nats have been negotiating with county supervisors since last summer on a deal to build…

Cooper calls for special legislative election before next year's session

As legislative leaders await a court order setting a timeline for redistricting, Gov. Roy Cooper called Monday for a special election to be held under new districts before the legislature’s 2018 session…

Open Internet shift threatens universal service: FCC Dem

Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, the last remaining commissioner who voted for 2015 net neutrality rules, said Monday the Republican FCC’s plan for reversal also undercuts the legal authority for the agency’s push to increase broadband access…

McAuliffe looks past the Clintons, toward 2020

Terry McAuliffe thinks Hillary Clinton has said enough—which is where he comes in. He loves her. He feels for her. He believes her 2016 campaign was sunk in part by Russians actively “destabilizing our democracy,” aided by “treasonous” Americans advising them…

A fight for the soul of the Democratic Party in Virginia

Enthusiastic supporters of Ralph Northam, a candidate vying for the Democratic nomination in the Virginia governor’s race, gathered for a get-out-the-vote rally over the weekend at a campaign field office where handmade posters on the wall read: “Dear Ralph, you had me at Trump is a ‘narcissistic maniac.’”…

Fixing America's endless Infrastructure mess

Philip Howard has a solution to the endless delays surrounding infrastructure projects. In September 2015, Howard, founder and chair of the reform-advocacy group Common Good, published the paper…

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