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Daily Clip 8/8/17
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TROUTMAN SANDERS

STRATEGIES

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 .

 

VCU poll: Northam holds 5-point lead over Gillespie in Virginia Governor’s race

A Virginia Commonwealth University poll released Tuesday found Democrat Ralph Northam holding a 5-point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia's governor's race, a slight Democratic advantage that extended to all three 2017 statewide races…

DEQ hearings to focus on water quality impacts of Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality warns that disruptive behavior during pipeline-related public hearings this week could precipitate early adjournment. The DEQ knows emotions run high about the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline…

Dominion, Corey Stewart turn Power-line dispute into a larger political battle

A dispute over a proposed power line route in Virginia that threatens a historic African American enclave has morphed into a broader battle between the state’s politically influential electric company and its most controversial Republican politician

Bristol, Va., to seek economic partnership with Washington County

City leaders expect to establish new cooperation with their counterparts in Washington County, Va., tonight in the name of economic development. The City Council is scheduled to convene during the regular meeting of the county’s Board of Supervisors to jointly approve a partnership under GO Virginia…

Roanoke hires new city manager from Texas

Bob Cowell wanted to be Roanoke’s next city manager badly enough that he turned down another job offer on a gamble he’d land the job here…

CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads to leave system in September

Michael Kerner, the CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads, will be leaving the health system in early September, after nine years at the helm…

Kaléo to donate epinephrine injectors to all U.S. public elementary schools

Richmond-based Kaléo pharmaceutical company is offering free Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injectors — devices used to treat severe allergic reactions — to more than 67,000 public elementary schools in the United States…

A new way of access

Four University of Richmond law students think they have a better idea for giving ordinary citizens their own voice at the state cap­itol. The quartet has launched a project that uses crowd funding to finance lob­bying efforts on selected issues…

Reston telehealth firm expanding, adding 27 jobs

A Reston-based telehealth firm announced Monday that it was expanding its Northern Virginia presence, creating 27 jobs. Avizia, founded in 2013, partners with hospitals and doctors to provide healthcare remotely by means of telecommunications technology…

Albemarle creates wireless service authority to expand rural Internet service

Forming the Albemarle Broadband Authority will create a management structure that allows the County to partner with private companies, more easily pursue state and federal funding, and fill in the pockets that have slow to nonexistent internet…

With 'Buckland Bypass' a no-go, officials consider new ways to alleviate congested U.S. 29

An ongoing study considered 15 different variations of a “long-distance” bypass between U.S. 29 and I-66. That idea ran up against worries about the impact on historical and environmental resources…

EPA tells Justices Waters Rule belongs in Appeals Court

The federal government has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Sixth Circuit ruling that the federal appeals courts have sole jurisdiction to hear challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and…

FDA ignoring abuse-deterrent opioid concerns, suit says

Inspirion Delivery Sciences LLC shouldn’t be allowed to sell its abuse-deterrent opioid RoxyBond until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has properly responded to…

States add to reserves, especially Rainy Day Funds

Since the Great Recession, most states have been rebuilding their reserves, as they did after the 2001 recession. However, a number have struggled to save given sluggish tax revenue growth…

Filling jobs toughest task for Tennessee manufacturers

With one of every four factory workers retiring in the next decade, Tennessee manufacturers say their biggest worry is getting enough qualified workers for the future for increasingly technology-based factories, even with an average manufacturing wage in the state of $66,000…

Health care in NC is among nation’s worst, study shows

Health care in North Carolina could use a shot in the arm, according to personal finance website WalletHub. North Carolina is the fifth worst in 2017’s Best and Worst States for Health Care, released Monday…

Universities in Va. hit students with whopping collection fees for unpaid tuition

At least 15 states have laws instructing schools to employ collection agencies when they are unsuccessful in their own attempts…

McConnell open to bipartisan deal on health insurance payments

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is signaling that he's open to a bipartisan deal on key payments to health insurance companies, but warningany agreementneeds to include "real reforms."…

Groups weigh in on Obama-era tax rules targeted for changes

Groups are weighing in on Obama administration-era tax regulations that the Treasury Department has identified for possible modifications or elimination, including rules that were designed to curb offshore tax deals known as inversions…

The Gun bill that did nothing

Gun-control advocates predicted that last year’s much ballyhooed bipartisan gun bill would do little to effect change in the commonwealth. Now there are numbers to prove it. The measure requires…

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