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Daily Clip 9/12/17
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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 .

 

Cost of IT legal dispute between Virginia and Northrop Grumman

The ongoing legal battle between Virginia and Northrop Grumman already has cost the state an additional $2.9 million, but the bill for just two disputed services could approach $15 million under pending litigation…

Virginia picked for Health-Care Pilot program

Virginia has been picked as one of three states for a pilot program analyzing how well health-care payment reform is working. The state pilot program, Virginia Scorecard 2.0, will be co-sponsored at the state level by the Virginia Center for Health Innovation (VCHI) and the Virginia Association of Health Plans…

VDOT officials paint bleak picture of future transportation funding at Culpeper meeting

Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne was quick to explain why the Interstate 95 southbound crossing over the Rappahannock River is being funded while the northbound side of the project is not. “We don’t have the money,” Layne told those…

Community College challenges frustrate state lawmakers

Almost two-thirds of students at Virginia’s 23 community colleges don’t complete their two-year degrees or short-term certificates. Four-year colleges and universities don’t always accept credits from students who take community college courses in high school, or…

Virginia Tech Board approves new Roanoke Medical Campus expansion, funding

Virginia Tech took another step forward Monday with its ambitious plan to expand the university’s medical footprint on its Roanoke campus. The university’s board of visitors approved a comprehensive agreement with partner…

Judge denies motion to dismiss Pomrenke contempt charge

A federal judge has denied a request to dismiss a contempt charge against Judge Kurt Pomrenke. Attorneys for Pomrenke filed a motion last week to dismiss the charge, arguing that part of the government’s evidence is “privileged” under state law…

Judge and ex-legislator Trumbo announces retirement from Botetourt-based judgeship

Malfourd “Bo” Trumbo, who as a circuit court judge hears cases in some of the same rural localities that he earlier represented as a state senator, will retire at the end of the year…

Richmond City Council approves City Hall outsider as interim auditor with a $5,000 biweekly salary

The Richmond City Council on Monday appointed William C. Barrett III as the city’s interim auditor, tapping a City Hall outsider for the post and passing over an internal candidate whose appointment the body previously punted on. In approving…

Textile firm BGF Industries expands into old Timken plant in Altavista

Greensboro, North Carolina-based BGF Industries now is operating a third location in Altavista, in the former Timken Company plant that closed last month. BGF, which has been present in the town since the 1950s, purchased the…

New company buys Ringgold solar farm project

WGL Energy has taken ownership of the 6 megawatt, 76-acre solar farm that is in the works in Ringgold, and the operation date has been announced as spring 2018…

Teva's new CEO faces daunting task in turnaround bid

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is betting $40 million that the man credited with the rapid revival of a Danish drugmaker can do it again -- and it's breaking from century-old traditions to prove it…

Used-car dealership Carvana adds automobile vending machine in Raleigh

Carvana, a 4-year-old online automobile retailer known as the Amazon.com of car sales, delivers the rolling stock right to your door. But as sometimes happens with rapid technological advances, many people still feel a psychological need to buy stuff at a physical place. Especially something as big and complicated as an automobile…

Waters of US Rule challengers slam EPA, Corps in High Court

Industry groups, states and environmental organizations on Monday told the U.S. Supreme Court that the federal government is relying on flimsy, erroneous legal theories to support its contention that…

FDA Chief backs streamlined studies to curb drug costs

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Monday endorsed streamlined approaches to conducting clinical trials and evaluating their results, saying that…

States sue Trump administration over delayed fuel-economy fines

New York, California and three other U.S. states said on Monday they sued the federal government for delaying the rollout of higher “gas-guzzler” penalties for automakers whose vehicles fail to meet minimum fuel-economy standards…

Should utilities build charging stations for electric cars?

Faced with deadlines to increase the number of electric vehicles on the road, states are being asked to decide whether utility companies can build electric vehicle charging stations — and pass on the cost to their customers…

Solar power installations grow 8 percent

The rate of solar power capacity increase grew 8 percent in the second quarter of the year comparedto the previous year, making it the highest second quarter on record…

Billionaire Tom Steyer’s PAC donates $1 Million to help Virginia immigrant groups mobilize for November election

California billionaire Tom Steyer is giving $1 million to immigrant advocates in Virginia to mobilize voters in November’s state elections, part of an effort to fuel a Democratic resurgence in the Trump era by focusing on a swing state that has…

The Virginia Governor’s race is how politics should be

The relative absence of bomb-throwing between the candidates, despite their differences, reflects Virginia’s status as a centrist state, divided between Democratic-leaning urban and suburban areas and heavily Republican exurban and rural ones…

The progressive thing the Coalfields are doing that no one is noticing

Today, we will try to make government finance sexy. Yes, really. There is a fascinating story playing out in Virginia’s coalfields, one that puts some of the state’s most conservative counties in the position of…

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