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Daily Clip 6/16/17
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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 .

 

Virginia ahead of budget forecast, but officials eyeing late deposits

Virginia entered the last month of its fiscal year $142 million ahead of its budget forecast, but state officials won’t take a victory lap until they receive big tax deposits due at the end of the month…

DMV may raise fees to resolve projected $13.4M budget gap

Virginians could see a higher fee for vehicle registration, titling or driver licensing to solve a growing budget shortfall at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Or they could see fewer DMV offices or staff members to run them. Or…

McAuliffe to turn over list of restored felons to settle suit from State prosecutor

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has agreed, under a civil settlement with a state prosecutor, to turn over a list of 206,000 convicted felons whose voting rights he restored last year under a now-defunct executive order…

Transportation Commission tweaks funding to keep HRBT plan on track

The group assigned to fund Hampton Roads' biggest transportation priorities gave a nod to a long-range plan that keeps an expansion of the traffic-clogged Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel on track for completion in 2024…

Army to expand Arlington Cemetery, ends talks with County

Arlington National Cemetery is moving ahead with plans to expand by roughly 50,000 spaces, extending the cemetery’s life beyond 2050. The cemetery is run by the Army. For several years, military officials tried to negotiate a land swap with Arlington County that…

Molly Ward running unopposed for Hampton Treasurer

Hampton's former mayor is coming home to almost certainly take up the office she held before leading city government – Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Joseph Ward is the unopposed candidate for city treasurer…

Lexington City Council votes to remove dam on Maury River

A dam on the Maury River that is both a death trap and a Lexington landmark should be destroyed, the city council decided Thursday night. A 3-0 vote to move forward with a demolition proposal from the…

Virginia now home to 206 licensed breweries

Virginia is now home to 206 licensed breweries, moving ahead of North Carolina. Virginia’s Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) says the Commonwealth has 206 active brewery licenses, growing 468 percent since 2012, Gov. McAuliffe said Thursday…

Albemarle to allow solar farms in rural areas

Albemarle County will allow solar farms in designated rural areas after the Board of Supervisors approved a zoning text amendment Wednesday. Albemarle’s zoning ordinance did not previously allow energy generation in the rural areas, which…

Internet tech company coming to Bedford's Center for Advanced Engineering and Research

On Thursday, Adaptrum – a California-based technology company – announced its partnership with Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation, to extend internet service to rural areas…

Trump administration preparing executive order on drug pricing

While there had been some concern that the changes would have a negative impact on the pharmaceutical industry, the policies under consideration are not considered to be drastic. The order being crafted could be an interim step towards more comprehensive reforms later...

Compromise proposed in battle over newspaper legal notices

N.C. House legislators want to scale back a controversial Senate plan to end requirements for government legal notices to be published in newspapers – a change that publishers say would harm “the public’s right to know.”…

Doctors in NC face reduced pay for rejecting networks. Would they drop patients?

Doctors who don’t sign Medicaid managed care contracts would get less for treating low-income patients, under a proposal discussed June 15 in a NC Senate committee. The worry - some doctors may stop treating low-income patients…

Takata plans to file for bankruptcy as soon as next week

The air-bag maker behind the biggest safety recall in automotive history is expected to seek protection in its home country first, with its U.S. subsidiary filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy shortly thereafter

State AGs open probe into opioid drugmakers

Attorneys general throughout the U.S. have launched a joint investigation into how drugmakers might have contributed to the country’s opioid epidemic, the latest indication that pharmaceutical companies are being increasingly scrutinized as…

House passes tax credit fix for Veterans under AHCA

The U.S. House passed a bill to “fix” problems in the version it passed of the American Health Care Act — the bill meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — adding health care tax credits for veterans who use private services…

As threat of federal cuts looms, lackluster revenues leave States in a tough spot

U.S. state governments have experienced sluggish tax revenue growth in the past two fiscal years and governors were cautious in proposing spending increases for the upcoming 2018 budget cycle, according to a new report on state budgets…

House panel votes to extend tax credit for nuclear power

The legislation would lift a requirement that nuclear facilities be placed in service by 2020 to be eligible for the credit. It would also allow public and nonprofit entities to transfer credits to other partners on the facilities, such as the projects' designers…

Pollsters miss mark again on Trump voters in Virginia Republican Governor’s primary

Pollsters had major trouble spotting the surge of support for Corey Stewart in Virginia’s Republican governor’s primary this week, suggesting they still can’t figure out how to successfully survey Trump supporters…

Statewide races should focus on Virginia, not Washington

It took a dozen or so debates, hundreds of campaign stops, countless doors knocked and gobs of money for Virginia’s gubernatorial showdown to end up precisely where most predicted. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, will face former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie in the fall…

Millken: Port of Virginia serves as gateway to global trade

A new era of international trade is underway on the U.S. East Coast and The Port of Virginia is well-positioned to cement its position as the mid-Atlantic’s primary global gateway for trade….

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