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Daily Clip 8/30/17
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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 .

 

State panel calls for new transit funding

Virginia’s mass transit operators face a sharp drop in state support after next fiscal year and the state needs to step in to fill the gap, a blue ribbon panel says. A 10-year-old state program to set aside $110 million a year for transit operations…

Bay cleanup gets $6.7M from EPA

Chesapeake Bay cleanup in Virginia is getting a nearly $6.7 million boost from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce nutrient and sediment overloads. Most of the funds will go to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to fund anti-pollution measures…

Growing rifts among Hopewell officials surface in meeting with state officials

City of Hopewell Vice Mayor Jasmine Gore left a meeting of top-ranking city and state officials she called for the same way she entered it on Tuesday: frustrated, and without answers. Nearly 21 months have passed since a basic audited annual report of Hopewell’s finances was due to the state…

Virginia received DHS warning before Charlottesville rally

The Department of Homeland Security issued a confidential warning to law enforcement authorities three days before the deadly Aug. 12 Charlottesville protest rally, saying that an escalating series of clashes had created a powder keg that would likely…

Airport officials hope for new executive director by October

The leadership at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport hopes to have former executive director Ken Spirito’s replacement by the end of October…

Roanoke College poll shows consumer sentiment continues to slide

A Roanoke College poll conducted earlier this month shows the Virginia Index of Consumer Sentiment was down slightly in August, continuing a year-long slide, but is still above its historical average…

Pole manufacturer plans expansion in Washington County

Hapco Pole Products, a manufacturer of aluminum poles, plans to spend $6 million in expanding its Washington County operations. The company will construct a 60,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its current manufacturing campus in Abingdon…

Not boxed in

The state-owned port authority is handling a record number of cargo containers. Officials, however, also see an opportunity to move more cargo that doesn’t fit into the standard 20-foot or 40-foot-long shipping containers…

Tight squeeze

The arrival of these ships highlights the maritime community’s push to deepen and widen its channels. These ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) require a section of the port’s busy channels to be restricted to one-way navigation as they enter or leave Hampton Roads, which can back up traffic in the port…

Med Beat: Virginia hospitals improve on patient safety scores

A federal report ranks Virginia among the top 10 states in health care quality, reflecting a rise from previous reports that placed it in the middle of the pack…

'What's the disincentive?' to gerrymander over and over, asks judge in NC case

James Wynn, a US Court of Appeals judge presiding over NC cases accusing lawmakers of partisan gerrymandering, raised questions in Raleigh about consequences lawmakers face if their redistricting maps include unconstitutional districts…

Two bankers are selling Trump's Tax Plan. Is Congress buying?

Gary D. Cohn and Steven Mnuchin have spent months behind closed doors with Republican congressional leaders sketching the contours of an elaborate and politically difficult tax overhaul that is President Trump’s top priority….

Express Scripts, others face ERISA suit over EpiPen costs

Pharmacy benefit managers Express Scripts Inc., OptumRx Inc. and Prime Therapeutics LLC have agreed to give Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s EpiPen favorable placement on drug formularies in exchange for kickbacks…

Telehealth: A priority for advancing quality health care

Following its August recess, Congress will have less than four weeks to work through must-pass legislation that would fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Amid this hard-stop deadline for program funding, there is a possibility that this legislation could lend itself as a…

Aetna hit with class-action lawsuit over HIV disclosure

Aetna on Monday was hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging the insurance giant violated the privacy of its customers by mistakenly revealing the HIV statusof approximately 12,000 people…

AT&T announces internet project in Kentucky County

AT&T has announced that a county in Kentucky will get fixed wireless internet to extend connectivity to rural areas. the service is going to extend internet connectivity to people in rural areas who have been unserved or underserved. The connection will have a minimum of 10 megabits per second...

Gillespie hires Trump operative who believes country is on verge of civil war

Ed Gillespie hired a blunt-spoken veteran of Donald Trump’s campaign and sharpened his rhetoric on Confederate monuments in recent days, as the establishment Republican running for Virginia governor seeks to win over Trump voters…

Virginia Attorney General election campaign heats up with pre—Labor Day attack ads

The race for Virginia attorney general, on a slow boil since spring, heated up this week with new campaign ads from both the Democratic incumbent and his Republican challenger in a pre-Labor Day rollout of what could be an especially nasty matchup.

Would cutting taxes help rural areas?

Two different politicians, from two different parties, have proposed essentially the same idea. They both want to give tax breaks for businesses to locate in rural communities…

Antonucci: Alternatives to broken gas tax are taking the stage

Earlier this month, Governor McAuliffe broke ground on an extension of High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes designed to mitigate excruciating traffic congestion along I-395 in Northern Virginia. The new lanes will stretch existing…

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