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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 backs devoting full surplus to reserve funds, pitches Medicaid expansion again

Gov. Terry McAuliffe warned General Assembly budget leaders on Monday that Virginia needs to bolster its cash reserves to hedge against the potential threat to the state’s economy from President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget…

McAuliffe 'most likely' will pursue bill to remove Richmond's Lee statue

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Monday that he doesn’t have the authority to remove the state-owned statue of Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s iconic Monument Avenue, but “most likely” will seek legislation to take it down…

Trump Administration halts study on coal mining impact on health

The Trump administration ordered the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to stop studying whether mountaintop removal mining in Central Appalachia poses a health risk to people living nearby…

Official: DuPont settlement projects increasingly likely

Virginia's secretary of natural resources said Monday that officials overseeing the DuPont settlement hope to soon announce projects that would directly benefit the city of Waynesboro and its residents…

Roanoke City Council votes to authorize use of eminent domain if necessary for greenway

Roanoke officials are now free to use eminent domain to acquire the last stretch of land to complete the 10-mile Roanoke River Greenway in the city, but say they won’t unless other options fail...

Electrical upgrades aim to power reliability for Danville customers

New equipment for three of the city’s electrical substations should last at least 30-40 years and increase dependability for Danville Utilities customers, its director said…

Ballast Point starts to brew in Botetourt County

The Roanoke Valley’s first industrial-scale brewery is up and brewing. The start of production marks the latest milestone for Ballast Point, which last year announced that it would invest $48 million to convert a former automotive parts factory into its newest brewery…

Richmond’s City Council, School Board sign off on Mayor Stoney’s Education Compact

The Richmond City Council and the Richmond School Board on Monday approved a scaled-back version of Mayor Levar Stoney’s education compact, an agreement among the three elected arms of Richmond government and the Richmond Public Schools administration to work together and improve…

Virginia-based Hamilton Beach Brands to become independent, publicly traded company on the NYSE

Hamilton Beach Brands, the Henrico County-based seller of home appliances, is making plans to be spun off soon from its parent company to become an independent, publicly traded company…

Broad Bay Cotton Company expands Virginia Beach operations

Jim Marx started his business in a University of Virginia dorm room almost 30 years ago. It was focused on something nearly every student buys at some point: T-shirts with the college logo…

Maryland to get $900-Million federal full funding agreement for Purple Line

Maryland’s Purple Line will receive a $900 million federal full funding agreement from the Trump administration, officials said Monday, a critical step forward for the oft-delayed project. The breakthrough came…

50000 Blue Cross customers are about to get some bad news

Thousands of North Carolina residents have been exempt from the Affordable Care Act and got to keep their old health insurance, paying significantly less for their coverage than those insured under the ACA. But that’s about to come to an end…

Court rejects pipeline project on climate concerns

A court rejected the federal government’s approval of a natural gas pipeline project in the Southeast Tuesday due to concerns about its impact on climate change. The case concerns the under-construction Southeast Market Pipelines Project…

Governors, state insurance commissioners to weigh in on health bill

The Senate's Health Committee willhear from state insurance commissioners and governors abouthow to stabilize the ObamaCare exchanges during two hearings next month…

Trump rejects use of emergency authority to help coal plants

The Trump administration has denied a coal company’s request to invoke a little-used authority to stop coal-fired power plants from closing…

Del. law expands Data Breach notification rules

Delaware Gov. John Carney has signed into law a measure that strengthens the state’s data breach notification requirements and requires companies to work more closely with…

China's Great Wall considers bid for Fiat Chrysler Jeep unit

Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit, spokespeople for the company said Monday, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for China's fast-growing auto brands…

11th Circ. says Medicare Advantage fight not ready for Court

Hospitals must exhaust their administrative remedies before suing to recover Medicare Advantage reimbursements allegedly improperly recouped by insurers managing Advantage plans…

Special Report: Refiner Valero's secret campaign against U.S. biofuels mandate

U.S. biofuels regulations, which mandate mixing corn-based ethanol into gasoline, have lately drawn together a diverse cast of political opponents. Even the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), a leading biofuels industry group, recently dropped its opposition to policy changes sought by this ad hoc coalition…

Waverly Mayor expresses relief after being cleared of all election fraud charges

Waverly’s mayor is breathing a sigh of relief this week after being cleared of election fraud charges against him. In a telephone interview on Monday, Mayor Walter J. Mason gave thanks…

Billionaire's Group pledges $2M in Virginia Governor's race

A group backed by former a hedge fund manager and climate change activist is planning to spend $2 million to help Democrat Ralph Northam in this year's closely watched race for governor in Virginia. Tom Steyer's NextGen America announced Tuesday that it hired 70 paid staff to work at 25 college campuses to help recruit young voters…

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