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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 .

 

Northam has 7-point lead in Roanoke College poll

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam holds a 7-point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia's gubernatorial contest, according to a poll released Tuesday. But more than half of those polled says they are undecided…

SCC hearing examiner endorses underground power line for Rappahannock River crossing

A Dominion Energy plan to replace a deteriorating electric transmission line across the Rappahannock River has hit a new obstacle with a report by a State Corporation Commission hearing examiner who agrees with opponents that the line should be buried beneath the riverbed…

Survey finds support for economic development incentives

A Virginia survey has found strong support for the use of financial incentives to spur economic development. Many respondents, however, said the details surrounding such incentives make a difference in their support…

After Petersburg, four other Va. localities show telltale signs of fiscal stress

Four localities - two cities and two counties - are showing signs of potentially serious fiscal stress under a new state early-warning system devised after Petersburg spiraled into financial crisis more than a year ago…

Botetourt County supervisors approve Arkay incentive package

Eighteen months after a Botetourt County business announced it was expanding, the county is making official an economic incentive package that nails down a promise…

Danville mulls loan for business development

Danville City Council will consider a $3.6 million loan next month to pay toward construction of a $4.5 million building for the Kyocera SGS Tech Hub in the Cyber Park…

'The worst it has ever been': Developers face permit delays as city tries to meet demand

With the recent increase in activity in the city, developers say the delays have gotten worse, costing them money and slowing down projects in what some see as a boom time…

Reform group: Virginia hurt by gerrymandering

Redistricting could explode as the top — and most heated — issue the next governor and General Assembly will face early next year, Virginia’s leading campaigner for reform said at a panel hosted by Peninsula Voices for Change…

New Numbers Reveal Huge Disparities in Opioid Prescribing

For most of the last decade, this once thriving city had the highest unemployment rate in Virginia. Its disability and poverty rates are consistently double the state average, and its population is aging. In July, the…

A judge, a Vegas phone call and the NC GOP legislative effort to remake the judicial branch

Doug McCullough was five months away from his deadline for mandatory retirement from the state Court of Appeals bench when the chairman of the state Republican Party gave him a call. Democrat Roy Cooper would become governor in several weeks and…

Seeking efficiencies through major upgrades to Portland's Water Works

Local water rate-payers were served with the latest round of bad news in early August when Oregon’s largest city decided on the most expensive, long-term option to add filtration technology to its pristine, Bull Run watershed. Water users in Portland pay among the highest rates in the country…

State Supreme Court to begin livestreaming oral arguments

The Minnesota Supreme Court will begin livestreaming oral arguments in its chambers. Wednesday's announcement is the first for the state's highest court and just the latest expansion as Minnesota courtrooms have slowly allowed more technology to capture proceedings. The U.S. Supreme…

Tesla wins bid for lawmaker docs in direct auto sales fight

A Michigan magistrate judge on Monday ordered two Republican state lawmakers to comply with Tesla Motors Inc.’s requests for documents related to a state law passed in 2014 that bans the automaker from…

AARP gets Wellness Regs kicked back to EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission must reconsider two regulations surrounding employer-sponsored wellness programs that had been challenged by the AARP…

Twenty-nine states make it illegal for counties and cities to pass seed laws

With little notice, more than two dozen state legislatures have passed “seed-preemption laws” designed to block counties and cities from adopting their own rules on the use of seeds, including bans on GMOs…

Why big business is racing to build blockchains

Even if the craze for Bitcoin and Ethereum abates, the power of the “blockchain” tech behind those currencies is very real. Here’s how businesses are trying to harness it—and why they can’t afford to ignore it…

Where does the lottery money go?

Jamie Rary sees it as a way to help local kids. When he goes to a gas station and picks up a lottery ticket, the Axton resident first and foremost wants to win the jackpot. But he said he feels better, knowing where the money is going. The problem is that the majority of that money isn't making it to local school districts…

Bowers: A step forward for Virginia’s emergency response

Virginia made history in July as we became the first state in the nation to join a new emergency wireless broadband system called FirstNet that will connect first responders. This is the start of a transformational change in the way our

Schapiro: Eastern Shore gives the local candidate wide berth

Having gotten involved in local Democratic politics because she was outraged over Donald Trump’s election for president, Hannelore Marsh was in no mood to be patient. Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee for governor, was…

When do campaign contributions corrupt politicians?

The other day the Virginia League of Conservation Voters PAC announced that it will spend more than $1 million to help elect Ralph Northam governor. This followed similar news that a Planned Parenthood PAC will spend $3 million to the same end. On Tuesday…

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