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Daily Clip 8/21/17
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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 .

 

McAuliffe to talk revenues Monday, shadowed again by federal budget uncertainty

As Gov. Terry McAuliffe begins to prepare his final state budget proposal, he will start with a revenue surplus, a revamped economic development program and a huge amount of political uncertainty over spending by the federal government…

Virginia coal is rebounding, but is Donald Trump to thank?

Coal exports from the United States are up 60 percent from last year, a figure President Donald Trump triumphantly cited at a rally in West Virginia earlier this month. “I made you a promise during the campaign,” Trump said…

Pressure mounting on Virginia Environmental Agency to slow down pipeline water certifications

Pressure from state lawmakers in both parties, as well as from hundreds of people who showed up at a series of public hearings this month, is mounting on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and state Water Control Board to slow or reconsider the water quality certifications it…

TowneBank got money back and more on People Express loan

TowneBank got more than its money back because of the Peninsula Airport Commission’s secret decision to guarantee People Express Airline’s debts — the bank also made a modest profit on the deal…

Virginia ranks fifth in the U.S. in number of Inc. companies

Two hundred ninety Virginia companies made the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. The Old Dominion ranked fifth among the states in terms of the number of companies on the annual list compiled by Inc. magazine…

Innovation Health CEO departs, company launches search for new leadership

The CEO of Innovation Health, the Virginia health plan jointly owned by Aetna and Inova Health System, has stepped down…

Searching for doctors: Local medical jobs remain unfilled

Southern Virginia needs doctors and nurses. That's not a surprise. But the problem is growing, local officials say, to the point local practices aren't just willing to hire newly-graduated students, but also…

Langley Research and Development Park wants city help

City staff and property owners are still trying to hash out a solution to allow for more business uses in the decades-old Langley Research and Development Park after meeting for more than a year…

Facing challenges, Newport News airport paying out big money in legal fees

Dealing with several significant legal issues has led to a huge spike in the lawyer fees that Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport has had to dish out in recent months…

Virginia’s Economic Development Partnership pushes to address faults, accelerate economic growth

Faced with a daunting challenge to accelerate the state’s economic growth, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership is getting its house in order after a scathing report by a legislative watchdog agency last fall. The partnership’s reconstituted board of directors, portrayed by…

Dominion insists need for controversial Haymarket transmission line hasn’t gone away

Dominion Energy, engaged in an increasingly bitter public relations battle over a proposed transmission line to power an Amazon data center expansion in Prince William County, says the need for the project hasn’t gone away…

Virginia governor opposes offshore drilling plan

McAuliffe had previously said he could supportdrilling near Virginia on the condition that the federal government expand a royalty sharing program that would supply coastal states with revenue from drillingoperations...

NC Republicans rally to save state’s solar industry

NC’s congressional delegation and the state’s solar industry say tariffs on solar panels imported from Asian countries will cost NC jobs…

Ky. City’s Utility Pole Ordinance not overreach, Judge says

A Louisville, Kentucky, city ordinance permitting new-to-the-area telecom companies to rearrange existing wires and equipment on utility poles is not an overreach of authority, a Kentucky federal judge ruled…

EPA, Corps extend comment period on Waters Rule rollback

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are giving the public more time to comment on a proposal to rescind an Obama-era rule defining the federal government’s permitting jurisdiction under the…

Uranium trial set for December

Attorneys for Virginia Uranium, Inc. and the Office of the Attorney General will have more time to prepare their case for a trial over Virginia’s moratorium on uranium mining…

Uber is settling with the FTC in a major case over privacy and security

Uber has agreed to settle accusations by America's top consumer protection agency that the ride-hailing company failed to protect consumers' sensitive data, a misstep that allegedly allowed employees to access customer and driver information and led to a significant data breach in 2014 that…

Will solar power be at fault for the next environmental crisis?

Solar panel waste will become a major issue in the coming decades as old solar panels reach the ends of their useful lifespans and require disposal. Solar panels are manufactured using hazardous materials, such as…

A startup suggests a fix to the health care morass

Aledade, which has raised about $75 million from investors, has an agenda so ambitious it sounds all but impossible…

A sea-change in Southwest Virginia

Reality now moves at megabits per second. Perception often limps along far behind. One of the many places where perception has yet to catch up to reality is how Southwest Virginia is viewed by the outside world…

Schapiro: Northam’s new stance on statues a monumental blunder?

Over an arch at Ralph Northam’s alma mater, the Virginia Military Institute, are the words of a storied professor-turned-dauntless Confederate general, Stonewall Jackson: “You may be whatever you resolve to be.” Northam…

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