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Daily Clip 12/16/13
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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 .

Statewide recount in Attorney General race set to start today

Democrat Mark R. Herring’s 165-vote victory in the attorney general race is headed to a recount this week. A total of 133 localities will retabulate 2.2 million ballots, with…

Gov. McDonnell proposes upping state budget by $10 billion

Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed budget for the next biennium totals nearly $96 billion, an increase from the $86 billion for the current two-year cycle that runs through June 2014….

Budget gives McDonnell a last chance to shape VA.

On Monday, he’ll put a bow on it all. Before the administration turns out the lights, McDonnell faces one of his remaining major acts — proposing a two-year budget that offers perhaps his last sweeping opportunity to leave his stamp on the state…

Independent candidate drops out of 11th District race

Two days after filing to run as an independent candidate for the 11th District House of Delegates seat, former Martinsville mayor Kimble Reynolds Jr. has bowed out of the race and endorsed Roanoke Democrat Sam Rasoul…

McDonnell says he’ll miss politics

On Jan. 11, for the first time in more than 20 years, Bob McDonnell will be just that—Bob McDonnell. He’ll be leaving the governor’s office, and for the first time since 1992, McDonnell won’t be an elected official…

Company quietly suspends bid for East Cost’s first uranium mine

A company is suspending its campaign to mine one of the world's largest known deposits of uranium ore in Virginia, concluding that Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe's opposition presents a significant challenge over the next four years…

Virginia’s Medicaid compromise may come undone

But despite the unusual alliances that include players who are used to getting their way in the General Assembly, expanding Medicaid in Virginia is far from a certainty…

Retired port exec gets job at Suffolk cybersecurity firm

Retired port executive Joe Dorto has a new gig: vice president at Sera-Brynn, a Suffolk-based cybersecurity firm…

75 is the new old: Va DMV study recommends fitness tests for aging drivers

A yearlong study by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is recommending a closer examination of the fitness of elderly motorists and the granting of legal immunity to people who provide information to the state about those who might not be fit to drive…

Richmond Drug Court celebrates 15 years

Sixteen years ago Donald W. Lemons was a relatively new Richmond Circuit Court judge when he pushed for a new kind of court and served as its first judge…

VSU breaks ground on Multipurpose Center

Virginia State University broke ground Friday on an $84 million multipurpose center that school and Chesterfield County officials say not only will transform the university but also the community around it…

Despite Silver Line delays, developers plot 45 million square feet of development in Tysons

The first phase of CityCenterDC in downtown D.C. is nearly complete and at six buildings and 1.3 million square feet, it is nearly the largest mixed-use project ever built in the District…

Report criticizing Va. emergency services drew fire

Virginia’s top mental health official clashed with the state inspector general for behavioral health last year over a report that faulted the mental health system’s handling of emergency services for people who…

Money for roads a tricky issue

In the 2013 General Assembly session, legislators approved new revenues for the state’s roads. In 2014, they want to make sure that money is being used wisely. Several proposals…

From casinos to coyotes, a look at notable legislation

It’s still early, but so far lawmakers have filed more than 140 bills and resolutions ahead of the 2014 General Assembly session, which runs 60 days from Jan. 8 to March 8…

Advocate fights to prevent reappointment of judge

A longtime Virginia Beach Circuit Court judge up for reappointment has met resistance from a children's advocate who alleges that the judge callously treated a family in a…

Del. Lacey Putney, pillar of the community, readies for retirement

He has been honored by his colleagues in the House of Delegates, by all nine of Virginia's living governors, and by friends and neighbors in his native Bedford County. But as he winds down the longest tenure in the history…

Henrico School Board outlines legislative priorities

The Henrico County School Board and staff decried state takeover of faltering schools and the A-F labeling for Virginia schools at a meeting with area delegates Friday in preparation for the 2014…

Plan to fix schools in trouble is under fire

The fate of a new statewide entity with the task of fixing underperforming schools is up in the air thanks to a slate of new elected state officials and a lawsuit working its way through the courts…

Prince William landfill receives energy upgrade

Since 1998, New York-based Fortistar, a renewable-energy company, has helped the county capture the methane gas created by decomposing garbage and turn it into electricity…

New high school one of costliest ever built in Virginia

During their final meeting of the year on Dec. 18, the Prince William County School Board will face a tough decision -- whether to approve plans to build one of the most expensive high schools in Virginia…

Developers, city wrangle over tax incentive

After a five-month review of Richmond’s tax abatement program, changes to the widely used real estate development incentive are being hammered out between the development community and city council…

Virginia Beach attorney faces lawsuit for almost $2.3M in missing title escrow funds

A California-based title insurance company has filed suit against Virginia Beach attorney David Flynn in connection with the misappropriation of $2.3 million in escrow funds…

Rail depot renovation to enter 2nd phase

The Virginian Railway Station, at Jefferson Street and Williamson Road in Roanoke, is about to begin the second phase of work to rehabilitate its two historic structures after several months of delays…

Charlottesville airport plans reconfiguration, expansion of terminal

A substantial renovation and expansion of the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport’s passenger terminal is slated to begin next summer…

Banned bankruptcy preparer stays ahead of law

More than two dozen lawsuits have been brought against USA Bankruptcy Associates, owner Henry Ihejirika, and his affiliated websites. But he continues to operate….

Remember the ‘war on coal’? Coal is losing — but only in the U.S.

In the United States, coal power continues to face intense pressure from cheap natural gas and strict air-pollution rules. But in the rest of the world, coal demand is soaring…

Verizon close to deal to buy Intel’s TV service

Verizon, the second-largest U.S. communications company, will use OnCue to extend its pay-TV offering beyond the geographic footprint of its FiOS fiber-optic service. That could shake up pay TV by bringing…



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