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Daily Clip 6/15/17
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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 .

 

Conceding defeat in close GOP primary, Stewart says Gillespie must "fight” to win over his supporters

A day after coming shockingly close to pulling off an upset in Virginia’s GOP gubernatorial primary, Trump-style firebrand Corey Stewart conceded defeat while warning that Republican nominee…

VDOT agrees to $2.97 Million settlement in dispute with Botetourt County landowners

A jury’s $3.13 million award to two Botetourt County landowners who said their prime piece of development property was damaged by a highway improvement project has been trimmed. In a settlement that heads off an appeal, the Virginia Department of Transportation agreed…

Panel pushes mandatory reporting of pro bono

Despite a narrow vote of disapproval from Virginia State Bar leaders last fall, a Virginia Supreme Court commission is asking the justices to require all Virginia lawyers to annually report…

Albemarle eyes Public-Private Partnership for new Government Complex

As Albemarle ponders whether to move its judicial and administrative functions outside of Charlottesville’s borders, the county has hired a real estate and development firm to advise the Board of Supervisors on how a deal could be struck with the private sector…

Bristol officials unhappy with prospect of no return from Optinet sale

BVU Authority documents show the city likely wouldn’t receive any funds from the expected $50 million sale of the OptiNet division, and Bristol Virginia Vice Mayor Archie Hubbard said Wednesday that…

Metro General Manager wants $500 Million per year from Governments for transit system

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld wants the governments served by the transit system to pony up $500 million a year, without fare increases or any more service cuts. On Wednesday, Mr. Wiedefeld told regional leaders that Metro needs…

Newport News airport director often broke purchasing rules, VDOT audit found

Among other things, auditors found Ken Spirito approved certain contracts without informing the commission or without providing the justification for them...

Newport News EDA buys old Chase Bag site for $1.1 million

In a move to add to the city's redevelopment options in the Southeast Community, the Newport News Economic Development Authority bought the 27-acre former Chase packaging plant site on Wednesday for $1.1 million in a foreclosure auction…

Isle of Wight, Suffolk compete for million-square-foot facility, 1,000 new jobs

Isle of Wight County's Shirley T. Holland intermodal park is under consideration for the location of a 1 million-square-foot facility that could bring up to 1,000 jobs to the area, according to Economic Development Director Tom Elder…

New zoning rules could help city’s development, officials say

The city’s revamped zoning ordinance makes property development rules more flexible, which could spur new development that would benefit Martinsville by increasing the tax base…

Supervisors add tax, fee requirement to short-term rentals

Regulations are beginning to change for Albemarle County residents who utilize their property for short-term rentals like AirBnB…

Shoosmith expansion plan hits a roadblock

Despite describing the document as “ambiguous” and “poorly written,” the Chesterfield Board of Zoning Appeals ruled last week that a local landfill must comply with the terms of a conditional-use permit it obtained from the county 20 years ago...

Bill on Flannagan passes House; Extends time on hydropower permit

U.S. House of Representatives Monday passed H.R. 447, sponsored by Ninth District Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), which extends the start date of construction on a hydroelectric power plant project proposed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' John W. Flannagan Dam on the Russell Fork River in Dickenson County…

Should cities and towns have their own sales taxes? NC House panel backs proposal

Cities and towns would be able to have their own sales taxes to raise money for infrastructure and economic development projects under a bill moving forward in the N.C. House…

Wis. Rep. introduces bill to bar Interstate Sales Tax

A Wisconsin congressman is attempting to end the growing dissension by states trying to expand their taxing authority over online retailers with a bill that essentially codifies the status quo confirmed…

No need to continue Cap-and-Trade fight, Calif. says

California air regulators and allied environmental groups urged the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject challenges to the state's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, saying…

Philly Beverage Tax survives challenge in Pa. Appeals Court

A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesdayupheld Philadelphia's controversial tax on sweetened beverages after rejecting arguments that the levy was a legally impermissible duplication of…

Trump's Financial Rules rollback doesn't need Congress

The Treasury Department's expansive plan to reshape the U.S. financial regulatory system could largely be accomplished without the help of Congress, and that process will move quicker once…

Wind, solar produce 10 percent of US electricity for first time

The two sources combined to have their best month ever in terms of percentage of overall electricity production, EIA said. The agency expects the two sources topped 10 percent again in April but…

Insurers confront big ObamaCare decision

Insurers are nearing the deadline for deciding whether to propose massive rate hikes or leave the ObamaCare markets altogether in the face of immense uncertainty over the future of the law...

Abuse and cruelty in prison is nothing new – it's a North Carolina tradition

State lawmakers said they were shocked at the findings of a five-part investigative series by The Charlotte Observer into North Carolina’s prison system — as well they should be. The series found a hidden world of…

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