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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’s State Police confirms investigation of Newport News Airport

The Virginia State Police have launched "an investigation into past business practices" at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, a spokeswoman for the agency has confirmed

FERC to issue final Environmental Impact Statement today for Mountain Valley Pipeline

More than three years ago, EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy announced plans to form a joint venture to build the Mountain Valley Pipeline — a 42-inch diameter buried pipeline that would transport natural gas at high pressure. A major milestone in the deeply controversial pipeline is expected to be realized later today, when the…

NC budget jobs incentives program could lure 8,000 job project

More than 8,000 new jobs could be lured to North Carolina under a new corporate incentive program included in the state budget, House Speaker Tim Moore said Thursday…

21 D.C.-area Business groups agree on plan to fix Metro’s finances, governance

The Washington region’s business community overcame months of internal differences Thursday and agreed on a plan to fix Metro by giving it dedicated funding and restructuring its board so it…

It seems Portsmouth thieves are stealing license plates to dump tolls on other drivers, police say

Portsmouth police have logged about 375 license plate thefts so far this year –higher than the 334 tallied in all of 2016.Police can't yet prove what’s causing the surge, but they suspect it's related to tolls…

State says Senate Health Plan puts Virginians at disadvantage, 'harsher ' than House proposal

Virginia legislative budget leaders had a quick response to a new health care plan proposed by Republicans in the U.S. Senate — please don’t do what you just did…

Virginia Tech, community colleges create way for income challenged to become engineers

A number of lower income students will have easier access to Virginia Tech's College of Engineering thanks to a $5 million grant that will link the university to two community colleges…

Obama returning to campaign trail to stump for Northam in VA. Governor’s race

Former president Barack Obama is making his first campaign foray of 2017, agreeing to stump for Democrat Ralph Northam in his bid to be Virginia’s next governor…

Mayor Stoney: Richmond’s Confederate Monuments can stay, but ‘whole story’ must be told

Saying it’s time to “set the historical record straight,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced Thursday that he has appointed a 10-member commission to study ways to add context to the…

Bipartisan bill to advance development of unmanned aircraft systems

The Safe DRONE Act of 2017will ensure that the United States keeps pace in the development and implementation of unmanned technology…

Maryland seeks ‘emergency’ court ruling to allow Purple Line construction to begin

Maryland officials have asked a federal appeals court for an “emergency” order to suspend a lower-court ruling that hasdelayed construction on the Purple Line, saying the light-rail project faces a “crisis point.”…

Juvenile Justice reforms in Kansas show early signs of Success

Last year, Kansas enactedreformsintended to improve its juvenile justice system by reducing the use of out of home placements and investing in community supervision and rehabilitative services—and they’re already showing early signs of success…

Walmart acquiesces in Big-Box 'Dark Store' tax dispute in Michigan

Last week, Walmart dropped a court appeal against the city of Sault Sainte Marie in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, bringing an end to a two-year tax dispute and handing a surprise victory to a government coalition formed to combat a local manifestation of a larger movement that has pushed down property tax rates for…

Uncertain of the future, States save and save some more

In the face of a politically and financially uncertain fiscal 2018, states are hunkering down, pulling back on spending increases and beefing up rainy day funds…

How States can make the most of their Rainy Day Funds

They can effectively smooth economic bumps. But it's important to have clear rules for how and when to use the money…

Car crashes leap in states with legalized marijuana: Study

Insurance claims for car crashes have jumped since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, Washington and Oregon, spurring concerns about traffic safety as more drivers take to the roads under the influence…

Trump says Infrastructure Plan will include Broadband

President Donald Trump said Wednesday in remarks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that his “$1 trillion proposal” for American infrastructure will support funding for rural broadband access…

Funding cuts will hurt Broadband deployment, Group says

A trade group representing small and rural telecom companies said Wednesday that many of its members will cut back on building out broadband service due to curbed funding in the Federal Communications Commission program that supports increased access…

Maine lawmakers override veto of Interstate Sales Tax

Maine joined a growing list of states trying to expand their taxing authority over online retailers on Wednesday, with lawmakers overriding a veto from…

Another crisis for Mental Health Care

Yet another deficiency has been uncovered in Virginia’s mental health services network: not enough nurses. State mental hospitals are struggling with high turnover rates. To fill vacancies…

Dugger: Improving data systems can build a stronger Virginia workforce

Virginia was recently given a D by the Council for a Strong America, a national organization dedicated to making America’s workforce the most competitive in the world. The work-readiness of a state’s young adults is a…

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