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Daily Clip 9/11/17
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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 .

 

In emergency meeting, Virginia Elections Board votes to scrap all touch-screen voting machines

The Virginia State Board of Elections voted Friday to discontinue use of all touch-screen voting machines throughout the state because of potential security vulnerabilities, forcing 22 cities and counties to scramble to find new equipment just weeks before…

Port of Virginia keeps breaking records — and so are many other big ports across the nation

It’s a story line that just won’t quit, yet it’s not just a local phenomenon. August turned out to be yet another record month for the Port of Virginia. The nation’s sixth-largest container port last month…

Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers ask FERC to of project this month as opponents file lawsuit aiming to prevent approval

As progress continues on the development of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, opponents have offered a new challenge in hopes of stopping the project, while developers are asking the agency reviewing it for federal approval this month. In a letter filed Thursday…

W.VA. Environmental Agency to reconsider water quality permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Mountain Valley Pipeline suffered a setback this week when the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection announced plans to reevaluate its March decision to issue the controversial project a key water quality certification…

GW precision machining facility one-of a-kind in state, Governor says

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, along with Danville government and education leaders and dozens of high school students, participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for George Washington High School’s new precision machining program Thursday…

Brazilian company to build in Dublin

Koinonia, a Brazilian company that manufactures industrial-use foam, auto parts and soundproofing equipment made public Friday its intention to build a $3.5 million facility in the ShaeDawn Industrial Park on Cleburne Boulevard in Pulaski County…

Software firm to add 96 jobs in Roanoke, move into former Norfolk Southern building

The Roanoke office of California technology company PowerSchool will add 96 jobs and relocate to the former Norfolk Southern office building downtown, company officials said Friday. The education software company signed…

High-Speed rail proposal takes another step

The dreadfully slow process for the proposed Washington-to-Richmond segment of the Southeast High Speed Rail has taken another step: The draft of the Environmental Impact Statement was released last week…

VDOT's chief engineer supports closing Natural Bridge to traffic

After standing for more than a million years against the forces of nature, a 215-foot-tall stone arch in Rockbridge County seems to be holding up just as well to the strain of vehicular traffic that runs across its top. That’s what…

Chesterfield County had grand plans for megasite

If not for America’s most crippling financial collapse since the Great Depression, the sprawling, wooded south Chester parcel that county and state officials now envision as an industrial “megasite” most likely would be teeming with…

TSA move to Springfield adds crucial piece to decades -long revitalization puzzle

The federal Transportation Security Administration plans to move its headquarters from Pentagon City to Springfield in 2020, bringing 3,400 jobs and two key road extensions to a part of Fairfax County that has been waiting for years for a makeover…

More than 4 million Virginians could have their personal information exposed from Equifax data breach

More than 4 million Virginians could have had their personal information exposed in a nationwide data breach of credit reporting company Equifax, the state attorney general said Friday….

Keeping P-Nats in Prince William? Owner shopping new sites, private financing options

Just a few weeks ago, the Potomac Nationals seemed destined to flee Prince William County — but the minor league baseball team might yet be able to craft a new stadium deal in the area and…

Study will look at possible decriminalization of marijuana in VA.

The nation’s marijuana laws are a mishmash. In some states, anyone 21 or older with proper identification can walk into a licensed store and buy up to an ounce of pot. In other states, it’s legal to have an ounce of weed, but it’s not legal to buy it. And…

Cost-sharing reduction payments incite uncertainty in individual market

As insurers drop out of Virginia’s individual market left and right, leaving thousands of residents scrambling, one phrase continues to pop up in discussions over the future of the Affordable Care Act: cost-sharing reduction payments…

Senate panel looks to quickly strike deal on ObamaCare

The Senate Health Committee is aiming to reach a deal in the coming week on a bipartisan bill aimed at stabilizing ObamaCare's shaky insurance markets…

Gubernatorial candidates talk about children’s health at policy forum

One group of young people asked questions of Virginia’s major-party gubernatorial candidates about issues important to children’s health. Another group shouted concerns about the plight of…

Carly Fiorina says she won’t challenge Sen. Tim Kaine in 2018

Former GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina said Friday that she will not seek her party’s nomination next year against U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. Fiorina, who lives in Northern Virginia…

Frank assessments

The GO Virginia reports are a must read. About two years ago, some important members of Virginia’s business community persuaded the governor and the General Assembly that the state government wasn’t doing enough to promote enough growth…

Be wary of wooing Amazon

Amazon, that all-powerful, all-everything online retailer, announced Thursday that it planned to open a second headquarters away from its home base of Seattle. It is little surprise that Virginia Beach and Mayor Will Sessoms hope to make a compelling pitch to bring the company here…

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