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Daily Clip 11/18/13
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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 .

 

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe courted Va. labor and business. Can he keep both sides happy?

Virginia’s top corporate executives, including many who have backed Republicans before, are betting that Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) will be good for business. Top union leaders think he’s their man, too…

New invoices bring taxpayer-paid legal bills for McDonnell gifts scandal to $575,000

Private attorneys representing the office of Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and other government officials grappling with federal and state investigations of McDonnell’s interactions with a wealthy…

Attorney General race thrusts provisional ballot into spotlight

The minuscule margin of votes between Virginia’s two attorney general candidates has brought renewed attention to a relatively new aspect of voting in Virginia: the provisional ballot…

Lewis wins Democratic nod to fill Northam’s seat

Lynwood Lewis has won his second election in as many weeks. The Eastern Shore Democrat celebrated winning a sixth term to the House of Delegates on Election Day. Saturday, he won the Democratic nomination for…

Roanoke Sheriff to seek House of Delegates seat

The race for the House of Delegates seat held by Roanoke Democrat Onzlee Ware is heating up fast. Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson declared her candidacy for the special election in the 11th District on Friday…

Wheaton considering bid for Ware’s seat

Another Democrat is showing interest in the House of Delegates seat that will be vacated by Onzlee Ware of Roanoke. Roanoke native Keith Wheaton said this morning that he is considering a bid for the Democratic nomination…

Hampton Roads Chamber: No to uranium mining

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is no longer neutral in the uranium mining debate. Leading members for the first time have formally voiced support for preserving a 31-year Virginia moratorium that's been a key hindrance to mining…

No clear definition for "reasonable" alternative to tolls

In decreeing that it was OK to toll the Downtown and Midtown tunnels, the Supreme Court of Virginia said motorists are not compelled to pay the fee because they will have "reasonable alternatives" to avoid it when tolling starts…

Not so fast: use of 495 Express Lanes in Virginia far behind estimates

High-occupancy toll lanes on the Beltway in Northern Virginia are underperforming a year after opening, a hurdle similar to others across the country during the infancy of road projects…

VRE station in Spotsy pushed back again

Spotsylvania County’s Virginia Railway Express station won’t open anytime soon, but officials at least expect work to start soon. Before that work can begin, though, the county has to strike a deal with…

Southside soybeans soar

The frequent rains that drenched the Dan River Region last summer provided a boost to Pittsylvania County’s soybean farmers. Growers have seen a two-fold increase in soybean production this year

On I-81, construction blasts are finally in the past

Crews will not detour southbound Interstate 81 traffic for the truck-climbing lane project on Christiansburg Mountain this weekend — or ever again. They have finished the nearly $90 million…

VSU to break ground on Multiuse Center

Virginia State University will break ground next month on an $84 million project — and black business owners showed up for Thursday’s board of visitors meeting to say they want their share of the construction action…

Ballpark proposal is all or nothing

If any piece of the outlined Shockoe development, which also includes a hotel, a grocery store and 750 new apartments, fails to get the council’s support, the whole thing falls apart…

Floodplain issues hold key role in stadium project

The pieces aren’t completely in place for private development around a proposed baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom, but the bottom line is firm:…

Chesterfield to debate trimming proffers

As Chesterfield County officials discuss cutting services or raising the real estate tax rate to help pay for $353 million in voter-approved bonds, next year the county’s Board of Supervisors also will review its proffers policy…

Trump Golf Course under more scrutiny

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation says it will not allow a golf course on land near Trump Winery in Albemarle County. The new determination, while not final, is based on the existing plans…

Chrysler Museum's renovations on schedule and within budget

The most comprehensive renovation in the history of the Chrysler Museum is on budget and on schedule. The 210,000-square-foot museum will reopen to visitors in April…

Beach now has two arena proposals to build first and then seek a team

After getting one unsolicited arena proposal and hearing talks about a forthcoming one last week, Virginia Beach elected and city officials are back into discussions about a project that proved…

Bird’s-eye view of a downtown crater

Work is well underway at a city-block-size crater downtown that will be home to a $168 million pediatric medical facility. The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU broke ground on the site of its planned Children’s Pavilion in September 2012….

County buys land to keep Midlothian Village green

A decade after it was included in a rezoning case, a cash proffer from retail giant Wal-Mart is helping preserve a nearly three-acre parcel on the outskirts of the Village of Midlothian from being commercially developed…

UVa students protest financial aid cut

University of Virginia students Friday sounded off to the Board of Visitors about a decision it made several months ago to scale back the state flagship’s signature financial aid program…

Bitcoin makes a pitch for 'safe and sane' regulation

Bitcoin, the virtual currency that fuels transactions on Internet black markets such as Silk Road and Black Market Reloaded, will make its case to Congress on Monday that such currency has potential to open the digital economy to poor societies around the world…

Port set a new container volume record in October

October was another record-setting month for the port of Hampton Roads, which moved 206,597 containers as measured in standard 20-foot units, or "TEUs," the Virginia Port Authority announced Friday…

Maersk Line Ltd. names next president and CEO

J. Russell Bruner has been named the next president and CEO of Norfolk-based Maersk Line Ltd., the company’s board of directors announced Thursday. Bruner will succeed John F. Reinhart, who is stepping down at the end of January to…

EPA proposes smaller requirements for biofuel use

 

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed lowering requirements for biofuel use in 2014, trimming targets for corn-based ethanol for the first time…

Obama administration pushes for patent reform

With debate over patent reform intensifying on Capitol Hill, the White House is urging lawmakers to act on the issue before the end of the year. The White House is specifically touting a proposal from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)…

Exxon Mobil puts 117-acre Fairfax Co. campus up for sale

Now Fairfax County and its economic development unit are facing a new problem: what to do when the corporate pioneer — one of its chief tax benefactors — moves elsewhere…

Civil War Center, Confederacy Museum join forces

The world’s premier collection of Confederate artifacts at the Museum of the Confederacy and the city’s premier waterfront location at the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar are combining in a new Richmond museum…

Veterans Affairs called it a small-business contract, but a big firm got 90% of the money

As the Northern Virginia firm MicroTechnologies soared to the top tier of the nation’s small federal contractors, competitors and others in the contracting world asked the same question…

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