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Daily Clip 9/14/17
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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 .

 

Commonwealth offers Tax Amnesty program

The 2017 Virginia Tax Amnesty Program began Wednesday and will continue until Nov. 14. The program provides delinquent individual and business taxpayers the opportunity to pay back taxes with no penalties and half the interest. Approved by the 2017 General Assembly, the…

Virginia Beach School Board OKs public-private partnerships for construction projects

The School Board has given the OK for the division to look at unsolicited private proposals on construction projects. Board members last week approved a policy that allows them to consider public-private partnerships…

Money is lined up for HRBT expansion

Hampton Roads’ regional transportation funding agency has a plan in hand to pay for the $3.8 billion project to add a third tube to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, the area’s worst traffic bottleneck. A six-year financial plan drafted this summer shows…

Draft Richmond to D.C. Rail Study out, but controversy remains on whether to send route through or around Ashland

A long-awaited draft environmental statement for a plan to reduce congestion and speed up rail service between Richmond and Washington leaves unresolved the thorniest question along the 123-mile route…

Massive data center project heads to planning commission

More details about a proposed 2.5 million-square-foot complex in Sandston are coming to light as the code-named project seeks Henrico County approval…

Pomrenke found guilty of contempt

Judge Kurt Pomrenke was found guilty of contempt Wednesday for violating a 2015 order regarding evidence from his wife’s corruption trial. In U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Judge James P. Jones said…

UVa Health System board praises expansion, innovative programs

A planned medical campus in Northern Virginia and innovative employee health programs will help the University of Virginia Health System continue to improve research and care…

FOA refused appeal on lawsuit over The Meadows

Local citizen group Friends of Abingdon’s petition for an appeal of the dismissal of its lawsuit filed over The Meadows development has been refused by the Virginia Supreme Court…

Microspots may be the answer to rural area internet service

A plan to install “Microspots” in remote areas of Culpeper, Orange and Madison counties recently won a local internet provider a, $81,000 grant from Microsoft. Microspots are a series of inexpensive, stand-alone utility poles that relay wireless internet service deep into…

Megasite stirs up angst over long-planned road

Nearly a decade after they dodged a bullet known as Branner Station, some Chesterfield residents find themselves back in the crosshairs. Following the Aug. 31 announcement that the county and state are working together to develop more than 1,700 acres south of state Route 10…

EPA delays rules limiting wastewater from coal power plants

The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it’s postponing portions of an Obama-era rule to curb water pollution from coal-fired power plants while it considers whether to rewrite the measure. It’s the second time the agency…

Medicare for All or State Control: Health Care Plans go to extremes

Important elements in both parties are trying to move beyond President Barack Obama’s health care law, which has always been a complicated, politically difficult mix of government and private health insurance. But they are moving in radically different directions…

White House, Republican leaders plan to reveal tax cut details in two weeks

The White House and GOP leaders plan to reveal new details of their goal of cutting corporate and individual taxes the week of Sept. 25, and they are imploring lawmakers to reach a budget agreement that could smooth its passage…

Retailers cite Equifax in urging Uniform Data Breach law

The National Retail Federation and other industry trade groups, citing the recent data breach at credit reporting giant Equifax Inc., urged Congress on Wednesday to pass a uniform national law on data breach notification that would replace existing state laws and…

Senators announce bipartisan extension of children's health program

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) could be extended for five years under an agreementwhose terms were first announced by Senate Finance Committee leaders Tuesday night…

Accreditation ratings in Richmond and statewide improve as more schools move into top tier

More schools in Richmond and across Virginia have been accredited this year than last year, according to state data released Wednesday…

58 Virginia Counties left without an insurance option in 2018 exchanges as deadline approaches

As insurer after insurer has dropped out of the individual market, more than 66,000 residents in 58 Virginia cities and counties could be left with no coverage and no options next year. State officials are scrambling to lure an insurer to fill…

Gubernatorial candidates weigh in on immigration

Immigration policy is becoming an increasingly charged topic in the closely watched race for governor in Virginia. It's a perennial campaign flashpoint in the immigrant-rich Old Dominion. But the issue has gained even greater prominence because of…

Virginia politics Everytown, gun control group, turns on spigot in Virginia elections with $1 Million

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, the campaign arm of one of the nation’s biggest gun control groups, announced Thursday that it would spend at least $1 million in Virginia as part of an “initial investment” to elect Democrats in November…

Which candidate is best for rural broadband?

In the movie “Moneyball” about the economics of modern baseball, there’s a scene where Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, is trying to get his scouts to think differently about the players they’re evaluating…

Chesley: Voting machine overhaul is needed, and state should help pay for it

Officials in some localities are miffed by a new decree from the commonwealth regarding voting machines. And they’re justified. The three-member State Board of Elections last week…

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