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Daily Clip 8/31/17
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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 ran a deficit last year

A first glance at state revenues and spending shows Virginia state government operated in the red last year. Virginia officials spent $601 million more than they collected for the general fund, the…

Virginia Supreme Court: Loudoun’s business license tax on Dulles duty free unconstitutional

The Business Professional Occupational License Tax (BPOL) Loudoun County imposed on the sale of duty-free items to international travelers at Dulles International Airport’s duty-free store violated the Import-Export Clause of the Constitution of the United States, the Virginia Supreme Court said…

Sweet Briar College’s struggles persist

Sweet Briar College in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains got a new lease on life when an alumnae group rejected the school administration’s plan to shut it down in early 2015. They sued, raised money and installed a new president at the women’s liberal arts college. Two years later…

Terry McAuliffe makes his final, spirited pitch for Redskins Stadium

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe spoke at Wednesday's Washington Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon, using his final team banquet as governor to lobby for a new Redskins stadium in the commonwealth. Always the showman, McAuliffe opened by…

New program aims to make medical services more effective

The people who will benefit most from a new Medicaid initiative in Virginia also are the ones who need the most help and cost the most to treat. On Aug.1, a program called Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus) was launched by the…

Chesterfield County names new planning director

After a national search to fill its vacant planning director seat, Chesterfield County found its man in the Lone Star State. Andrew G. Gillies, currently the community services director in Farmers Branch, Texas, has been selected to head the county’s planning department…

Law passed over Cooper's veto helps consumer loan industry

Companies that make high-interest-rate consumer loans in North Carolina will have more leeway to tack on additional charges. The Republican-controlled General Assembly gave final approval to the change when it canceled a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper

FDA approves gene-therapy leukemia treatment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday approved a gene-therapy treatment that has the potential to aid young patients suffering from an aggressive form of leukemia. The treatment, called Kymriah…

Wells Fargo: Nearly twice as many potentially fake accounts than originally thought

Wells Fargo said Tuesday it opened almost twice as many unauthorized banking and credit card accounts than was originally revealed, according to an independent review of the bank’s sales practices...

Law banning sports betting must fall, NJ tells High Court

The state of New Jersey, a state horsemen's association and a group of policy think tanks urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to deem the federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports wagering unconstitutional, arguing…

A twist in the narrative about the Nation's Urban-Rural economic divide

Economies in mid-sized U.S. cities fall into at least three distinct categories, with unique factors driving growth and declines in each group, according toresearch released Wednesday…

After decades of pushing bachelor's degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

The United States has 30 million jobs that pay an average of $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree, according to the Georgetown center. People with career and technical educations are actually slightly more likely to be employed than their counterparts with academic credentials, the U.S. Department of Education reports, and significantly more likely to be working in their fields of study…

Enviros tell 4th Circ. to keep W.Va. Stream Toxicity ruling

Environmental groups told the Fourth Circuit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed in its duty to step in after West Virginia declined to set toxicity limits for hundreds of the state’s rivers and streams, saying…

Golden Gate Bridge drivers seek class cert. in FasTrak row

Motorists urged a San Francisco judge Wednesday to certify a class of drivers who claim the Bay Area Toll Authority and its contractor, Xerox, robbed them of due process by failing to adequately alert them of…

As Cybersecurity risks loom, Carmakers look to regulators

Makers of internet-connected vehicles, facing new liability at the prospect of catastrophic hacks, are looking to how government agencies traditionally have regulated similar technologies as they step…

Signer’s role as Mayor to be diminished following grilling by Councilors behind closed doors

The mayor of Charlottesville will remain in his position for at least another four months, but his role will be diminished. In a hastily prepared news conference that followed a three-hour meeting behind closed doors Wednesday, Mayor Mike Signer…

Shut out of power in D.C., Democrats try to make inroads in Virginia this fall

Knocking doors on a steamy summer day, Schuyler VanValkenburg looks like any other politician running for office but his presence in the northern suburbs of Richmond is unusual: He's the first Democratic candidate to run in this district for a decade…

Ed Gillespie campaigns on keeping Confederate statues

Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate vying for the Virginia governor’s office, has asked supporters to sign a petition opposing the removal of the state’s Confederate monuments as their fate comes under fire…

Did Ralph Northam cast the deciding vote to allow Sanctuary Cities in Virginia?

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie launched the first negative television commercial in Virginia’s general election, assailing his Democratic opponent Ralph Northam as weak on public safety issues…

John Adams to Mark Herring: Your running mate, Justin Fairfax, does the same kind of work as I do

Attorney General Mark R. Herring has been assailing his GOP challenger, John Adams, for Adams’ work defending banks and corporations that get in trouble with the feds. On Wednesday, the Adams campaign responded…

When fiscal stresses hit VA. localities

In 2015, Petersburg, a city of 32,500 people just south of Richmond, experienced a financial meltdown, the likes of which no Virginia locality had seen before. City leaders, in 2016, publicly owned up to the fact that the…

One step at a time

Peninsula Airport Commission is wise to look for incremental progress, not quick fixes It takes a lot of small steps to fix a big problem. And in the case of the Peninsula Airport Commission…

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