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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 .

 

Dominion Energy substation, line in Prince William County get SCC approval

The State Corporation Commission has issued its final approval for a much-contested Dominion Energy substation and 230-kilovolt transmission line that will run from Gainesville to Haymarket. The order, which came Friday, allows…

Coal numbers continue to drop, but advocates hold out hope for Virginia

Flipping through the newspaper one day last fall at his home in Rose Hill, Virginia, Jimmy Pittman happened to see an ad for a grant to help retrain displaced coal industry workers. About a month later…

Dominion Energy wants to build pumped hydro storage facility in coalfields

Following the passage of bills in the Virginia General Assembly this year, Dominion Energy is searching for sites in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia where it can build a pumped hydroelectric storage facility. In December 2016…

Sunset still plans to press forward on OptiNet deal

Sunset Digital Communications intends to complete its acquisition of BVU’s OptiNet division despite concerns about a recent decision by one of the partner agencies, its attorney told the BVU Authority board Friday…

District residents’ perceptions of Metro have fallen dramatically; many support a sales tax to turn it around

Washingtonians have soured on Metro, with chronic delays and shutdowns changing how more than 2 in 5 of them get around town, but they are not giving up on the beleaguered subway. A slight majority supports a regionwide sales tax to boost funding for the transit system…

Layne: Newport News Airport still isn’t taking audit seriously

Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne says Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport officials must understand they are still cut off from state funds and need to meet with him in an open session to discuss guidelines for restarting that cash flow. On Thursday…

State official advises Dominion: Integrity of permitting process for Atlantic Coast Pipeline is 'non-negotiable'

Attempts by Dominion Energy to sway regulators in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline permitting process prompted a top official under Gov. Terry McAuliffe to notify the utility that state agencies would not heed those efforts…

Mountain Valley review finds limited environmental impacts

A 303-mile pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas across West Virginia and Virginia would have "significant" impacts on forests but other adverse effects would be limited, federal regulators said Friday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's final environmental impact statement is…

Port of Virginia set to christen new North Gate Complex at NIT on Monday

The Port of Virginia's new North Gate Complex at Norfolk International Terminals is about to open for business. Nearly two years after top state and port officials broke ground on an expansion…

Technology Council, NVCC ink agreement for workforce-development

The partnership is designed to better align training and workforce-development needs within the Northern Virginia region, allowing businesses to remain economically competitive, and better prepare students to enter the 21st-century workforce…

Planned Sauer Center project, including a Whole Foods Market store, gets city approval

The proposed Whole Foods Market-anchored Sauer Center development on West Broad Street received conditional approval from the Richmond Planning and Development Review office…

Pinnacle Bank looks toward Richmond, Hampton Roads after arrival in Roanoke

After merging with the Bank of North Carolina, Pinnacle has charted what it hopes will be an advance into major urban markets in the state…

Seismic tests as a steppingstone to Virginia offshore drilling raises excitement and concern

The Atlantic’s seismic countdown began June 6. A NOAA agency will take public comments for 30 days on requests from five companies to “take” marine mammals – disturb or harm them – as a side effect of using high-powered…

Anthem to pay record $115 million to settle U.S. lawsuits over data breach

The largest U.S. health insurance company has agreed to settle litigation over hacking in 2015 that compromised about 79 million people's personal information…

Justices' Eminent Domain ruling clarifies State law's reach

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Friday affirming a Wisconsin court ruling that said two adjacent properties at the center of an eminent domain dispute can be considered one unit for the purposes of calculating loss provides clarity to…

House oks Job Training Program for welfare recipients

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Friday to initiate subsidized job programs for recipients of the Temporary Aid for Needy Families program, with bipartisan support for the measure allowing states to…

Fla. Gov. oks bill to implement med. marijuana expansion

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Friday to implement a recently passed state constitutional amendment broadening legalization of medical marijuana, a bill that establishes a framework for…

DOJ applies to take Microsoft data warrant case to Supreme Court

The Justice Department on Friday filed a motion to take a landmark case about the limits of U.S. warrants in the information age to the Supreme Court. The case, U.S. v. Microsoft…

Schapiro: No matter what national Democrats say, Virginia’s is a state election

You just knew it would happen. After losing four straight snap congressional elections — in each, attempting to harness bipartisan rage over an unpopular president — anxious national Democrats instantly looked on the Virginia gubernatorial contest as their last, best chance at relevance in the…

Duval: Our Ports and Rail make International Trade a good business for Virginia

After months of anticipation, the biggest ship to ever call on the East Coast arrived at The Port of Virginia in early May. The COSCO Development saw about 1,500 container moves on its first trip and that number should increase to 4,000 on subsequent visits as the service continues…

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