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Daily Clip 9/18/17
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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 .

 

Anthem re-enters individual health insurance market in Virginia, seeks steep price increase

Anthem announced Friday that it would re-enter the individual health insurance market in Virginia — for a price. Anthem filed a rate request with the State Corporation Commission asking it to approve premium increases of between 42.5 percent and 64.1 percent…

Interstate 81 safety part of Gillespie's gubernatorial platform

Improving Interstate 81 has become a campaign call for Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie, who included it in a transportation plan unrolled last week. “Interstate 81 has been ignored for decades,” reads Gillespie’s “Route Causes” plan…

North Carolina regulators take more time for Atlantic Coast Pipeline review

Environmental regulators in North Carolina say they need more information and more time to evaluate the water quality implications of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline…

Northrop Grumman Buying Orbital ATK for $7.8 Billion

The military contractor Northrop Grumman said on Monday that it would buy Orbital ATK, a maker of components for missiles and satellites, for about $7.8 billion in cash, amid a rise in consolidation in the aerospace industry…

Richmond still missing documents from 2016, Virginia official says

Richmond finance officials still have not submitted two filings due to the state as part of the city’s annual financial reporting requirements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the state auditor of public accounts told Richmond City Council members Friday…

Inova CEO announces plan to retire in 2018

Inova Health System CEO J. Knox Singleton will retire in July after 35 years leading Northern Virginia’s largest employer. Singleton said he plans to spend more time focusing on social entrepreneurship and healthcare technology, and…

Backlog at State Crime Lab challenges prosecutors

Backups at the state lab that handles evidence-testing are nothing new — but they are causing long delays in criminal cases across the region, prosecutors say. Where once it took…

How do you rebuild Henry County and the surrounding area? GO Virginia has some ideas

The only way for Henry County and the surrounding area to grow and develop is through better education and training. That was the main point in the 337-page economic development plan created by the GO Virginia Region 3 coalition…

Montgomery County board to ponder constitutional office change

Montgomery County’s governing body will soon learn about the possibility of ending the commissioner of revenue and treasurer as publicly elected jobs…

Patrick County's only hospital to close 18 months after bankruptcy filing

The only hospital in Patrick County announced last week that it is closing less than two years after filing for bankruptcy. Pioneer Community Hospital of Patrick County filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection on March 30, 2016 due to financial hardships…

Court faults agency for climate analysis of coal mine

A federal court faulted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Friday for what it said were incorrect assumptions about the climate change impact of mining four coal tracts in Wyoming and the use of that coal…

Senators to question utility executives on failed project

Officials with South Carolina Electric & Gas and state-owned Santee Cooper are to testify Monday before a Senate panel investigating the project's failure…

Metro Board Chairman splits with Wiedefeld, says $15.5 Billion request is too conservative

In a break with Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld, board Chairman Jack Evans says the agency should be pushing for $25 billion over 10 years to cover the system’s long-term needs, significantly more than the $15.5 billion the agency chief has requested…

Proposed merger would bring California credit union to Richmond

The trend of bank and credit union consolidation once again has popped up in the local market, as a deal is in the works to make a local financial institution the East Coast hub for one of its larger West Coast peers…

Community Colleges in SW VA. sobered by findings of state retention report

A stark trend in statewide community college student retention and degree completion was given quantifiable meaning last week when the commonwealth’s Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission released a report detailing how and at what rate students are slipping through…

As Virginia's top Democrats call for removing Confederate statues, legislative candidates approach with caution

When the topic of Confederate statues came up in the campaign for a semi-competitive House of Delegates district in suburban Richmond, it was hard to tell the Democrat from the Republican…

Northam enters homestretch with cash advantage over Gillespie

Democrat Ralph Northam raised $7.2 million in July and August, compared with $3.7 million for Republican Ed Gillespie, giving the lieutenant governor a cash advantage for the TV ad wars ahead of the Nov. 7 election for governor. Northam had…

Decertifying vulnerable voting machines is just the first step

The Virginia State Board of Elections has belatedly decided that all electronic touchscreen voting machines still in use throughout the commonwealth cannot be used for the Nov. 7 general election because they are vulnerable to hacking, even though they are not connected…

Schapiro: Big win for one of VA.'s big boys

As Ted Morrison sees it, the big boys got exactly what they paid for. Morrison, who for 18 years was one of Virginia’s corporate cops, suggests that the nearly $5 million in campaign contributions that Dominion Energy Virginia, the state’s biggest political donor, has thrown at aspiring and…

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