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Daily Clip 8/9/2017
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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 .

 

Gillespie unveils broadband plan in Axton

If elected, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie plans to expand high-speed internet access in rural Virginia. On Tuesday, Gillespie, the Republican candidate for governor, announced his five point plan for expanded high-speed internet…

Accomack ruling: Judges exempt from Freedom of Information Act

A General District judge in Accomack County has ruled that Virginia Circuit Court judges are not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. Judge Gordon Vincent ruled Aug. 3 in a case brought…

Virginia drafts new plan to hold struggling schools accountable

Virginia school officials have proposed a new accountability plan to identify struggling schools, but the plan gives few specifics for how to boost their performance. The plan is part of the state’s effort…

Airport Commission analysis of People Express loan written two years after it went south

The only written risk analysis the Peninsula Airport Commission prepared in using taxpayer money to guarantee a $5 million line of credit for People Express Airlines was done two and half years after the fact, and…

Possible toxin discovered in coal ash spill remnants

Scientists studying the aftermath of a massive coal-ash spill in North Carolina have discovered a byproduct of the fossil fuel that may pose human health risks…

Richmond, Redskins talking about renegotiating Training Camp deal

The Washington Redskins and the City of Richmond have begun discussions about restructuring the eight-year contract that brings the Redskins to town each summer for training camp. Under the current agreement…

Isle of Wight still under consideration for million-square-foot facility, 1,000 new jobs

Isle of Wight County's Shirley T. Holland Intermodal Park is still under consideration for a 1 million-square-foot facility that could bring up to 1,000 jobs to the area, according to…

Pipeline opponents demand action from state at DEQ hearing

Concerned Virginians flooded the conference center at James Madison University Monday night to submit their environmental questions on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline…

Avail Vapor gets contract to produce and sell major brand of e-liquid

Avail Vapor LLC, the fast- growing Chesterfield County-based manufacturer and retailer of vaping products, has made a deal to produce and sell e-liquids for another major brand…

Airbnb-like startup padding its war chest with $2M

A local firm connecting private landowners with outdoors enthusiasts is hunting for more capital as it expands in the Mid-Atlantic…

Justice says coal plan a matter of national security

Gov. Jim Justice has been to the White House twice in the last three weeks for discussions on his plan to boost the use of coal produced in the eastern coalfields. Justice is proposing what he calls a homeland security incentive that would protect the eastern power grid…

Chamber launches blog series to sell tax reform

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday launched a blog series on its website to help sell tax reform as lawmakers and outside groups workover the August recess to get the public excited about the GOP's tax plans...

Uber plans sale or consolidation of car leasing program

The ride-hailing company’s board determined Xchange Leasing, a wholly owned subsidiary, is unsustainable and should be sold or consolidated into a smaller unit…

Cooper again sues to defend powers, challenges Legislature

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says the Republican-controlled legislature is again trampling on his authority, this time through the state budget that lawmakers passed this summer…

Trump slashing Obama's regulation binge, saves businesses billions: Study

President Trump’s assault on red tape has saved businesses nearly $4 billion per year compared with former President Barack Obama’s pace of imposing regulations, a new study found Tuesday. Final rule costs during Mr. Trump’s first six months in office will cost U.S. businesses…

Wisconsin wouldn't break even on Foxconn incentives for 25 years

It would take at least 25 years for Wisconsin taxpayers to break even on Gov. Scott Walker’s incentives to lure Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn to the state, according to a fiscal analysis released Tuesday. Walker’s bill would exempt…

Making good better: How to improve Medicare Part D

The Medicare Part D program is widely recognized as a success. But one component of the law, the Secondary Payer Program, has never served beneficiaries, the government or taxpayers well. Fortunately…

Budgetary scoring rules are to blame for FBI HQ setback

To solve the crisis over the canceled plan for a new FBI headquarters, the Trump administration should exempt the project from a perverse set of budgetary scorekeeping rules, thus allowing the use of private financing…

Newport News' Simonds is Democrats' pick for 94th District

Democrats in the 94th House of Delegates District picked Shelly Simonds as their nominee to replace Zack Wittkamp, who withdrew from the race late last month. Simonds will face Del. David Yancey…

Another way that Virginia has left Southwest Virginia behind

Don’t look now but — well, actually, yes, you should look now — there’s a low-key bidding war underway for the hearts and minds (and votes) of rural Virginia. Both the…

Schapiro: Rivals alike in their selective representation of facts

Neither Ed Gillespie nor Ralph Northam lets facts get in the way of a good rant. For purposes of self-preservation, self-perpetuation or both, the candidates for Virginia governor engage in selective representation of the facts…

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