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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 .

 

Lacey E. Putney, Virginia’s longest-serving legislator, dies at 89

In August 2013, nine Virginia governors — five in person and four on video — paid tribute to Del. Lacey E. Putney, I-Bedford, Virginia’s longest-serving legislator, who was stepping down after 52 years in the House of Delegates. The demonstration of respect by Virginia’s chief executives — four Republicans and five Democrats — signified…

Lee County opts to sell hospital to startup, rejects regional provider’s offer

Lee County has opted to sell its idle hospital to a startup with little experience and no proof of capital, rejecting an offer by a regional provider that planned to immediately provide urgent care…

Virginia, region move forward on two key economic development initiatives

Virginia is now looking for the payoff of two high-dollar state economic development initiatives that reached major milestones this week. The GROW Capital Jobs Council adopted a "growth and diversification plan" on Friday morning to…

Ahead of regional summit, left-leaning groups say ‘no’ to a sales tax for Metro

A regionwide one-cent sales tax to fund Metro would have a disproportionate impact on poor families, taking five times the share of income from the bottom 20 percent of earners when compared with those in the top 1 percent, according to a new analysis from a trio of left-leaning think tanks…

Legislators join to prioritize safety improvements on I-81

Following a uptick in accidents and traffic jams on Interstate 81, local legislators are doubling down on previous promises to prioritize improving the road. “It’s gotten worse this year,” Del. Chris Collins, R-Frederick County, said Friday of the number of fatal accidents and traffic backups on the interstate…

Virginia Supreme Court agrees to hear another appeal of pipeline surveying law

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear another appeal challenging a controversial state law that allows surveyors for natural gas pipeline companies to enter private property without an owner’s consent…

Atlantic Coast Pipeline announces initiative to establish pollinator habitat along proposed route

Ward Burton, a southern Virginia resident whose wildlife foundation is located on the route of the proposed 600-mile, three-state Atlantic Coast Pipeline, was completely opposed to the project when he first was contacted about it. After meeting with ACP officials, however, Burton has changed his tune…

Richmond City Council opts not to challenge schools referendum in court

The Richmond City Council on Friday opted not to challenge in court a proposed charter change set to appear on the November ballot that, if approved, would eventually push city leaders to solidify a plan for modernizing Richmond Public Schools’ decrepit facilities…

A "long -term evolution" for tobacco giant: 10 years after opening, Altria's research center in Richmond tackles changing environment

The tobacco industry has seen quite a few changes in the 10 years since the largest U.S. cigarette company, Philip Morris USA, opened a big, shiny, new research center in downtown Richmond…

People Express aftermath drains Newport News airport's cash reserve

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport burned through much of its reserves of cash and easy-to-cash-in investments last year, as it struggled with the aftermath of its bailout of…

Tesla powers on in Richmond

The California-based electric carmaker has opened its new company-owned store on West Broad Street, in the face of a still-unfinished fight with the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association…

How much power will NC lawmakers have to shape 2018 elections? N.C. justices could decide

The state Supreme Court will hear two cases on Monday that could determine how much power North Carolina lawmakers have as the 2018 elections approach. Gov. Roy Cooper has asked the seven justices to review a three-judge panel’s decision that…

So, California Is Considering Taxing Drinking Water

So, in the land of progressivism that is the state of California, the legislature could be imposing a tax on drinking water aimed at repairing the state’s public water works. It will be 95¢ a month that is projected to generate $2 billion in revenue over the next 15 years…

EPA to host 10 hearings on water rule rewrite

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning 10 public hearings to gather input on its effort to write a new version of an Obama-era water pollution rule. The teleconference meetings will run throughout the fall. Nine of the sessions will be dedicated to specific interests…

CVS customers drop Rx Clawback Suit, but will refile

A proposed class of CVS Health Corp. customers alleging that the pharmacy chain charged them more for generic medications than they actually cost dismissed their own complaint in Rhode Island federal court on…

Anthem's record $115M Data Breach deal gets first nod

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Friday granted preliminary approval to a $115 million deal ending litigation over Anthem Inc.’s massive 2015 data breach, advancing what’s being hailed as the largest-ever data breach settlement, which…

Power Cos. take NY Nuclear Plant Subsidy fight to 2nd Circ.

A coalition of independent power producers on Thursday asked the Second Circuit to weigh in on a New York federal judge's backing of the Empire State's plan to subsidize struggling nuclear power plants…

Five state insurance commissioners to testify on bipartisan healthcare bill

Five state insurance commissioners will testify in front of the Senate Health Committee next month on ways to stabilize ObamaCare exchanges. Commissioners from Tennessee, Washington, Pennsylvania, Alaska and Oklahoma will testify at the Sept. 6 hearing…

The District’s death wish for Metro

Just as the region has started coming to grips with reversing Metro’s years-long death spiral, top officials in the District are throwing a wrench in the works that could kill any chance of righting a transit system whose maintenance and safety problems have imperiled its future and the region’s…

Meet the rural liberals making a case for Rural America

A few weeks ago, Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate for governor, released his economic agenda for rural Virginia. It drew virtually no attention outside the rural parts of the state. The probably didn’t bother Northam. After all…

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