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Daily Clip 9/29/17
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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 .

 

Energy company executive, industry leaders indicate major East Coast pipeline will expand to South Carolina

The developers of a disputed natural gas pipeline on the U.S. East Coast are considering a major expansion of the project into South Carolina, according to remarks made by an energy company executive and interviews with others in the industry…

State Official: Without action, Virginia’s public mental health hospitals will overflow by 2024

State-run mental hospitals will overflow by 2024 if Virginia does not change how it funds and administers public mental health treatment, the state’s behavioral health czar told lawmakers on Thursday…

Virginia extends Wellmont/MSHA merger decision until Oct. 30

On Thursday, Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System submitted a letter to state Department of Health Commissioner Marissa Levine asking to extend the deadline for a decision beyond the previously agreed to Sept. 30…

Dominion predicts $320M in local benefits, 2,000 jobs for possible Coalfields Hydropower project

A proposed pumped hydroelectric storage power station in Southwest Virginia would bring approximately $576 million in economic benefits to the state — half of it to the coalfields region, Dominion Energy announced Thursday. The figures were revealed in a new study…

Governor helps tap Ballast Point’s first keg of beer from its new East Coast Brewery in Botetourt

Botetourt County Administrator Gary Larrowe, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, other state officials and Ballast Point and Constellation Brands officials gathered in the Governor’s Mansion last week to tap the first keg of Ballast Point’s East Coast beer…

Limited state funds begin to flow to Newport News airport

The freeze on state financial support for Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport — imposed when officials learned the airport had used public funds to pay off a TowneBank loan to People Express Airlines — has thawed, at least a bit…

Feds sue Norfolk Southern, alleging company-wide discrimination on basis of disabilities

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit alleging that Norfolk Southern Corp. engaged in companywide discrimination against a class of job applicants and workers based on real or perceived disabilities…

Capital One restructures its card division, leading to job cuts here

Capital One Financial Corp., a major employer in the Richmond area, has cut positions at locations across the country — including here — as part of a restructuring. The McLean-based credit card and financial services company…

Plug pulled on Ashland outlet mall

A representative of California-based developer Craig Realty confirmed Thursday that the Outlets at Richmond, a long-anticipated 350,000-square-foot retail center planned on 43 acres near Lakeridge Parkway and Lewistown Road, will not be built…

As reform ideals swirl, Board Chairman fears another year of scrambling to pay for Metro

Metro board Chairman Jack Evans said Thursday that the jurisdictions that fund the transit agency will have to increase their contributions for the coming budget because they’ve been unable to reach consensus on a long-term funding solution…

Iron Bow: This Herndon company is working to improve telehealth

What started as an effort to improve veteran medical care has evolved into a potentially pioneering device in the burgeoning telehealth industry for Iron Bow Technologies…

Russell Seymour tapped to lead Leesburg economic development

Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler announced during Tuesday night’s council meeting that Russell Seymour has been chosen to be the next director of economic development…

Dems call for $40B to boost rural broadband

Congressional Democrats are calling for a $40 billion investment to expand internet access in rural and inner-city communities, likening their plan to New Deal efforts to expand the electrical grid…

Judgment Day for Public Unions

Public-sector unions are heading back to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could deal a devastating blow. The justices agreed on Thursday to hear a challenge to the unions’ fee system in its upcoming term, setting up a major clash on organized labor one year after the Court deadlocked in a similar case…

Activists ask Oregon to allow online signing for initiatives

Some Oregon activists are pushing for the state to implement a system that would allow voter signatures to be gathered electronically for initiative petitions. A grass-roots effort is calling for petitions to be signed online so more initiatives can bypass the Legislature and go directly before voters…

To improve teacher training, States try 'micro credentials'

With a number of studies casting doubt on the value of traditional teacher training courses, a handful of states are experimenting with “micro credentials” designed to give teachers specific skills they can use in the classroom…

Virginia’s would-be Governors vow to change State’s taxes

What would a political campaign be without promises of tax cuts and reforms? Virginia's closely watched race for governor is no exception, with all three candidates promising changes to the state's tax code…

In a changing Virginia suburb, a slate of diverse Democrats hopes to show path back to power

Hala Ayala, a Democrat vying to represent Prince William County in the state legislature, heard the usual gripes when she approached Susan Frederick outside the voter’s tidy suburban townhouse: low teacher pay, congested commutes to federal jobs…

Doug Wilder on taking down Confederate statues: Richmond Schools need that money first

L. Douglas Wilder, the nation’s first elected black governor, told C-SPAN in an interview Thursday that improving education is more important than spending tax dollars on taking down Confederate monuments…

5 Tax fights to watch in the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is facing a number of headline-grabbing tax cases that could change the landscape of unclaimed property laws, restrict the government’s prosecutorial power under a section of the federal tax code, and…

2 timely ideas for Region: Drones and Broadband

A little more than two years since the formal launch of the Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity, aka GO Virginia, a regional body embraced two ideas to compete for grant funding through the program. The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission last week endorsed…

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