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Daily Clip 9/8/17
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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 .

 

Amazon hunting for second Headquarters; Virginia plans to be 'aggressive and competitive' to land project

Virginia officials plan to throw their hat in the ring to be home for Amazon’s second headquarters. Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd P. Haymore said Virginia will follow the detailed procedure that Amazon has requested in its hunt for a second home…

Dominion Energy considering two coalfields sites for pumped storage facility

Dominion Energy, which was scouring Virginia’s coalfields region for possible locations for a pumped hydroelectric storage facility, has found two potential sites. The Richmond-based energy company is continuing to study the feasibility of building a pumped storage facility and is focusing…

Impressed with workforce, UK Company to bring manufacturing operation to Dan River Region

Thanks to a company based in the U.K., more than 50 new jobs are coming to Cane Creek Centre Industrial Park in Pittsylvania County over the next five years. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday afternoon that Unison Ltd. will bring its first U.S. manufacturing operation to the park, investing…

No consensus among regional leaders on fixing Metro governance, funding

The challenges inherent in reforming operations and governance of the Metro system were summed up neatly during a Sept. 6 forum featuring the elected leaders of Northern Virginia’s five largest jurisdictions…

Virginia ACT scores beat national average, but participation lags

Virginia students scored better than the national average on the ACT for the fourth straight year, but participation in the commonwealth fell compared with last year. Members of the Class of 2017 in Virginia earned an average composite score of 23.8, about three points higher than the national average…

New internet provider option arrives in Roanoke aboard municipal broadband network

A new internet service provider is coming into downtown Roanoke aboard the municipal broadband network that localities pitched in to bring online last year…

Long & Foster acquired by HomesServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate

Long & Foster Cos. Inc., one of the largest real estate firms in the Richmond area and the largest private residential real estate company in the United States by…

Expansion to create 55 jobs in Greensville County

Oran Safety Glass will expand its manufacturing business in Greensville County, creating 55 jobs and retaining 75 existing positions. OSG makes specialty glass for buses, military vehicles and trains. The company will spend $4.45 million to expand its…

Bear Island Paper Co. mill is for sale

Connecticut-based White Birch closed the newsprint manufacturing mill earlier this summer. It said then that it would supply customers, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch and other Virginia publications, from its three other paper mills in Canada…

How much Health-Care freedom should Trump give States?

From the onset of the Affordable Care Act, critics protested that it amounted to federal overreach and was too strict on states. That fight has besieged the two political parties for the past decade. Now, much of the federal battle over health care has coalesced around how much freedom states should have in crafting their Medicaid programs…

Utah wants to launch pilot project to tax motorists for miles traveled instead of at the pump

Modern cars are increasingly fuel-efficient — so drivers pay less in gasoline taxes used to repair and build roads and highways. Electric cars avoid the gas tax entirely. So Utah officials foresee that in 20 years or so, they will need to recapture…

No kickback fines for pharmacy discounts, HHS OIG says

A pharmacy chain can offer discounts to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries without crossing the line into illicit kickbacks, the Office of Inspector General for…

EPA tells DC Circ. CPP Withdrawal Rule coming this fall

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told the D.C. Circuit Thursday that it was on track to release a new rule withdrawing the Obama-era Clean Power Plan this fall, asking the court to keep a…

How gig economy businesses can create good jobs - or destroy them

A congressional hearing Wednesday explored how the sharing economy must evolve to ensure fair wages and stability for workers...

Equifax says cyberattack may have hit 143 million customers

Equifax Inc. said its systems were struck by a cybersecurity incident that may have affected about 143 million U.S. consumers, shedding light on what could be ranked as one of the largest breaches in history…

Candidates for Governor call on Universities to step up research, economic development

Virginia is home to some of the best public universities in the country, and Virginia’s major party candidates for governor are hoping those schools can step up and do even more. Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam have both issued detailed policy plans…

Stoney endorses candidate for Henrico Board of Supervisors, raising eyebrows

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Thursday endorsed a candidate in a November special election in Henrico County, wading into a neighboring locality’s district-level race and raising some eyebrows in the process…

At NAACP forum, Northam and Gillespie talk race, history and Charlottesville

Virginia’s two major gubernatorial contenders grappled with big questions of race, history and white supremacy Thursday night at a candidate forum in Richmond hosted by a coalition of NAACP chapters…

Building just one side of I-95 river crossing doesn’t make sense

Virginia's award-winning transportation planning process, known as Smart (System for the Management and Allocation of Resources for Transportation) Scale, was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe in 2014. The first of its kind in the U.S…

Gillespie’s criminal justice reforms open opportunities for action

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie’s recent comments on reforming criminal justice in Virginia are encouraging — and promising. Encouraging because they represent a step away…

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