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Daily Clip 11/22/13
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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 .

 

McAuliffe expected to name Layne as Transportation Secretary

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe is expected today to name Aubrey L. Layne Jr. of Virginia Beach as the state’s next secretary of transportation…

Ominous forecast for Two-Year State budget

Virginia's next two-year budget is likely to be forged without much new discretionary money, amid rising expenses in core programs and under a cloud of federal uncertainty in this defense-reliant state…

McDonnell orders "comprehensive review" of Deeds incident

The stabbing of state Sen. Creigh Deeds and the suicide of his only son have prompted two high-level state investigations of the events leading up to the Tuesday incident in Bath County…

Virginia legislator: Outlawing dangerous household animals could be difficult

 

Hanover County supervisors want Virginia to provide more oversight of people housing dangerous animals, but a state legislator close to the matter is unconvinced the state will…

Virginia Republicans organizing to blunt Tea Party power

A group of Virginia Republicans, stung by the loss of the governorship after voters this month rejected Attorney General and Tea Party leader Ken Cuccinelli, are readying what would be one of the toughest intra-party revolts yet against the anti-tax movement…

McDonnell says shutdown, fundraising hurt Cuccinelli more than Governor’s gifts scandal

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said the federal government’s shutdown and a fundraising deficit hurt Ken Cuccinelli II’s bid to succeed him more than other factors, including the gifts scandal that has consumed the governor’s last year…

Coleman wins 6th District GOP nod; will face Lewis for Northam’s seat

Republican voters in the 6th Senate District chose Wayne Coleman, chairman of CV International Group of Norfolk, to face Democratic candidate Delegate Lynwood Lewis in the upcoming special election for…

Parties to choose nominees to replace Del. Ware

Democrats will hold a "firehouse primary” on Dec. 7 to nominate a candidate for the House of Delegates seat held by retiring Roanoke Democrat Onzlee Ware…

Va. Board approves point scale for public schools

Most of the state's schools would earn letter grades of A or B based on preliminary data used to establish a school-grading formula approved Thursday by the Virginia Board of Education…

Va. insured may have temporary reprieve available

Virginia regulators say policyholders who face possible cancellation of their health insurance under the new health care law may have a temporary reprieve available to them…

Study: Vast majority will be better off under ACA

A new study says more than three-quarters of the 403,000 Virginians younger than 65 with individual health insurance coverage could qualify for some level of federal tax subsidy by buying health insurance through the federal marketplace…

Pre-construction I-64 work on Peninsula moving fast

The first phase of widening Interstate 64 on the Peninsula won’t go as far as hoped, but pre-construction work on it is advancing at "breakneck speed” for an interstate project, the state highway department’s district administrator said…

‘Still some goodbyes’ movie production work winds down

The last day of filming for Adriana Trigiani’s Big Stone Gap was Wednesday, Nov. 13, but local activity continues behind the scenes. Filming of Trigiani’s long-anticipated movie began Oct. 19 and wound down last week…

County lauded for anti-mining resolution

An anti-uranium group has given the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors a certificate of appreciation for its stance against mining in the county. Andrew Lester, representing the Richmond-based Keep the Ban Coalition…

Arguments heard in Federal Court on Charlottesville panhandling case

Arguments in a suit against the city of Charlottesville filed by a group of homeless men focused Thursday on whether the city targeted a specific form of speech when it banned panhandling…

Fairfax County School Board members urge U-Va.  to reinstate aid program for needy students

Seven Fairfax County School Board members sent a letter to officials at the University of Virginia urging them to reinstate a financial aid program for the state’s poorer students. In August, the U-Va. board of visitors voted…

War gamer to open headquarters in Hampton

Threat Tec, a firm that role-plays the "enemy" in live and virtual scenarios for Army training and decision-making, is spending "seven figures" to open its new headquarters…

FCC sees backlash after proposing to allow in-flight cellphone calls on planes

The proposal, which will be raised at the commission’s meeting next month, has the backing of the agency’s newly appointed chairman. But the idea is bound to be controversial. Within hours of the announcement, consumers flooded the agency with protests….

Mortgage insurer plans rewards for energy-saving homes

For the growing numbers of home purchasers who care about energy efficiency, it’s the ultimate "green” goal: Lenders should recognize the net savings that energy improvements provide to property owners and take them into account when they underwrite and set the fees for mortgages…

Jury orders Samsung to pay $290M to Apple

A federal jury has ordered Samsung to pay Apple $290 million in damages for infringing on patents related to the iPhone and iPad, according to a report from the Associated Press, after a day and a half of deliberations…

Fannie, Freddie attract investors

Investor groups are scooping up shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and even offering to buy core pieces of their businesses, complicating legislative efforts to shut down the two mortgage giants…

Roanoke-Blacksburg innovation blueprint getting personal

A pair of heavy-hitters in Southwest Virginia’s business community sat at a Blacksburg restaurant in 2010, scribbling on a napkin a list all the ingredients the area has for a technology-driven economy…

$2 million gift aims to assist rural junior colleges in Virginia  

Michael Smith and his family owned Valley Proteins company will each donate $1 million to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education for its Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative…

Food City hosts tour, open house at new headquarters

For the first time in decades, all of Food City's corporate-level employees are under one roof, in a sleek, bright, shiny building nestled in the historic district of downtown Abingdon…

Lowe's appears on the site plan for Bristol's "The Falls" development

Without saying a word, city officials this week confirmed that a Lowe’s Home Improvement is expected to locate in The Falls development. City officials have repeatedly declined to name Lowe’s, despite widespread speculation…

Studio developer wants money for Charlotte project

A developer says he needs about $25 million from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to turn an old mall into a movie studio, hotel and retail space…

22 apply for vacant Pittsylvania County administrator job

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors held a closed-door meeting Thursday afternoon in Chatham to review the 22 applications. Supervisors also conducted an annual job performance evaluation of County Attorney J. Vaden Hunt…

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