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Daily Clip 6/21/17
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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 .

 

State, Federal agents interview employees at Newport News Airport

Agents with the Virginia State Police and two federal agencies spent several hours at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on Tuesday interviewing employees about "matters of the airport," the airport's current chief said…

Why did Virginia DEQ wait seven weeks to correct inaccurate pipeline statement?

A few hours before he sent a news release on how the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality intended to evaluate the risk that construction of two natural gas pipelines might pose to the state’s rivers, streams and wetlands, an agency spokesman asked…

City 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…

Audit: Petersburg’s financial crisis worse than previously known

Petersburg’s financial crisis is much worse than previously known, with the city needing more than $20 million to rebuild its rainy day account. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 2016 paints a dire financial picture for Petersburg. The audit reveals…

ABC draws big crowd of potential bidders to replace warehouse

The place was packed for Virginia’s test of the real estate market for a new warehouse and headquarters to house the state’s lucrative liquor monopoly. Nearly 150 people representing more than 50 companies showed up Tuesday morning to tour the state warehouse that…

Pr. George's County to GSA: Make a decision on the FBI. Delays are costing everyone a lot of money.

The cost of a consolidated FBI headquarters in suburban Maryland or Northern Virginia will spike by as much as $100 million every year that the General Services Administration delays…

Lawmakers call for overhaul of Metro governance, funding

A group of Maryland lawmakers has proposed an overhaul of the Washington-area subway system that would give the struggling rail network the dedicated funding its leaders say it needs...

Aeroprobe Corp. plans to expand its Montgomery County operations

Aeroprobe Corp. plans to expand its operations in Montgomery County, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday. The announcement was made in Paris during the governor’s European trade mission. The company plans…

Tesla begins to plug in on Broad Street

The first visible signs of the electric carmaker's pending arrival in the Richmond market have emerged in the West End. The electric carmaker’s controversial dealership in Henrico County – its first in the region and second in the state…

UVA-Wise offering in-state tuition to nearby Kentucky, Tennessee residents

One of the easiest ways to increase the cost of a college degree is to pursue one in another state. That simple act of crossing a border, no matter how close the college may be, often means tuition rates are at least double those paid by students who live in the state. But not always…

The NRA is pushing to eliminate concealed carry permits in NC and across the country

A proposal to limit the requirement for concealed handgun permits in North Carolina sprang to life unexpectedly. It’s a top priority of the National Rifle Association, which has succeeded in passing that law in a dozen states so far…

USF budget hurting Rural Broadband, experts tell Sens.

Budget shortfalls in the Universal Service Fund are hampering buildout of broadband service to rural areas, telecom experts told Senate lawmakers Tuesday, with…

20 States tell EPA to rein in Water Rule in rewrite

A Republican-leaning coalition of 20 states sent a letter Monday to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt advocating for a new definition of the waters of the United States, arguing that the agency…

How prison factories pluck jobs from the US economy

U.S. apparel manufacturers face major competition from the U.S. prison system, where inmates produce clothing and footwear for military personnel. While it is illegal to import prison-made apparel, it is legal to make it in the U.S. This not only…

Insurer startup to enter five ObamaCare exchanges

An insurance startup is expanding its reach in five state ObamaCare exchanges amid uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act's future. Oscar announced it plans to expand or add coverage in areas of…

Trump administration pays June ObamaCare subsidies to insurers

The Trump administration has made critical ObamaCare subsidy payments to insurers for the month of June but won't provide any certainty about whether they'll continue in the future…

How do State Rainy Day Fund balances look these days?

States governments now have a higher level of money saved overall in so-called rainy day funds than they did at the time when the Great Recession hit. But a handful of states lag in the current fiscal year…

Governors, CEOs and Trump are all showing an interest in Workforce Development

The governors highlighted apprenticeship and technical college programs as pathways to well-paying jobs in advanced manufacturing and other fields. And the business executives noted partnerships their companies were cultivating that involved education and training…

Schapiro: Northam and the vision thing

To win the Virginia governorship, Ralph Northam needs a message of his own — not a warmed-over version of Terry McAuliffe’s. Northam’s campaign says he’s working on it; that summer will yield for fall an emphasis on improving rural and urban economies untouched by the current expansion…

Pillion: Prescription Drug Reform is an issue all Virginians can support

One thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on is the issue of overpriced prescription drugs and the distorted pharmaceutical market. It affects our entire population — from young adults to senior citizens…

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