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Daily Clip 9/28/17
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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 .

 

Court ruling ends standoff for VITA, Northrop Grumman

Virginia will have to pay $4.8 million that it has withheld from Northrop Grumman for messaging services since April, but the information technology giant must continue to provide email service for nearly 60,000 state employees while aiding transition to a new vendor…

VA. Gov. McAuliffe to propose dedicated funding for Metro before he leaves office

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said Wednesday that he will propose a dedicated funding source for Metro when he presents his final budget as governor in December, but his pledge appears largely symbolic because he will step down in January and…

D.C.-to-Stafford stretch of I–95 tabbed worst traffic hotspot in U.S.

Fredericksburg-area commuters won’t be surprised by this, but a stretch of Interstate 95 in Stafford County has been tabbed the worst traffic hotspot in America by a newly released study. The study was produced by INRIX Roadway Analytics, which operates…

Virginia’s SCC names new Commissioner of Insurance

Virginia’s State Corporation Commission has named Scott A. White as its new commissioner of insurance, effective when the current commissioner, Jacqueline K. Cunningham, retires Jan. 1. Currently serving as deputy general counsel for financial services…

Will AccuTec have to pay back $350K to Augusta, State after buyouts?

When AccuTec Blades, Inc. expanded its manufacturing operations in Verona in 2016, it received some grant money from the state and Augusta County to incentivize the decision to invest here. Part of that performance agreement though was that AccuTec needed to…

Forensic auditors find 'severe' risk of misconduct in Petersburg government; finding lead to FBI complaint

The culture of Petersburg city government fostered a “severe” risk of misconduct, forensic auditors found in a review that prompted an FBI complaint against the city treasurer’s office. A long-anticipated 115-page report scrutinizing…

Attorney General sues Allied Cash, saying it violated state consumer law

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says Allied Cash Advance has been making illegal loans at interest rates of nearly 274 percent, and is asking a state court to declare those loans null and void. The complaint involves open-end credit plans…

McAuliffe: Amazon wants Richmond to bid on HQ2 even without mass transit

Richmond may not have the mass transit system Amazon wants as the online shopping giant searches for a second home, but the company said the city should still put in a bid…

Can the region cooperate on Amazon HQ2 bids? Apparently not

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., all stressed Wednesday how important the region is while simultaneously backing their own efforts to land what Amazon has said would be 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars in local investment with its HQ2. None suggested a unified bid…

Astraea to expand in Charlottesville

Technology startup Astraea plans to expand its Charlottesville operations and create 31 jobs. Founded in September 2016, Astraea applies advanced data science and machine learning to image and sensor data gathered from earth-observing satellites…

New proposal could bring broadband to Middle Peninsula

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors received an overview of a new proposal to bring broadband to the Middle Peninsula through an agreement with the Pamunkey Tribe, whose reservation is near the town of West Point…

White House goals include Broadband funding: Adviser

The Trump administration’s technology agenda is focused on removing barriers to internet service expansion and including broadband funding in a future infrastructure package…

Big Pharma is getting hit with a huge wave of opioid suits

It wasn’t a coincidence that the corporate suits showed up for the Mingo County Commission meeting last May. On the agenda was a vote about whether the 26,000-person county, deep in West Virginia coal country, should join a lawsuit against the nation’s three major drug distributors for their role…

Trump plans order allowing insurance sold across state lines

President Trump on Wednesday said he is considering an executive order to allow health insurance to be purchased across state lines. Experts said it’s not clear what an executive order on selling insurance plans across state lines would do…

Drivers fight toll operators' bid to trim privacy suit

A proposed class of motorists urged a California federal judge not to trim their claims against toll operators they accuse of unlawfully using drivers’ personal information to collect unpaid tolls, arguing that they are entitled to…

EPA proposal to rescind Clean Water Rule draws praise, fire

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to rescind the Obama-era Clean Water Rule drew nearly 200,000 responses, with many business and agricultural groups strongly supporting the elimination of a rule they criticized as an economic disaster and a federal power grab…

Skelos ruling adds piece to post-McDonnell puzzle

The Second Circuit's ruling vacating convictions of ex-New York lawmaker Dean Skelos and his son gives them a chance at a redo and other defendants another glimpse into how courts view the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell…

$60 billion in improper payments should prompt a health care crackdown

Billing mistakes and fraud are costing Medicare and taxpayers tens of billions of dollars annually. More than $16 billion in improper payments to private Medicare Advantage health plans, coupled with overpayments for standard Medicare programs reached about $60 billion in 2016…

Memo to Mayors courting Amazon's HQ2: Now's the time to be stingy and smart

Public officials should think carefully before offering extremely costly tax-break offers to a company valued at $450 billion and with a long history of tax avoidance…

Virginia needs to act now to grow a hemp industry

Here’s some market advice: Now might be a good time to invest in hemp. It wasn’t that long ago that the mere mention of hemp — a strain of cannabis which looks like marijuana but lacks the “buzz” — produced giggles. Now it produces policy papers…

Vogel: A closer look at ‘Best States for Business’ report reveals Virginia has work to do

Some lawmakers have been quick to celebrate Virginia’s recent seventh place ranking in CNBC’s annual report that lists the best states for business. While this is an improvement from our 13th place finish in 2016, a closer look at the numbers shows we shouldn’t be too quick to congratulate ourselves…

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