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Daily Clip 12/26/13
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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 .

Va. lawmakers set public hearings on budget

Now that Gov. Bob McDonnell has outlined his state budget plans for legislators, Virginia residents get to have their say. The Senate Finance and House Appropriations committees have scheduled public hearings across the state on the governor’s proposed two-year, $95.9 billion spending plan…

Sen. Tom Garrett once again tries to change Governor term limits

Garrett, R-Louisa County, is proposing a constitutional amendment for the upcoming assembly session to allow a governor to be elected twice in a row…

Study will determine impact of tolls in Portsmouth

The city of Portsmouth hired Koch, the former president of ODU, this month to conduct an economic impact analysis of the tolls on its residents, businesses and the government...

SWVa. Higher Ed Center’s Energy Center nearing completion

The facility is designed to be an example of energy efficiency in building, and is planned to foster energy innovation and development for the region...

Supervisors-elect pass on Association event

Shenandoah County's newest supervisors began their push to curb government spending early. The supervisors-elect announced last week they would opt out of a training forum held by the Virginia Association of Counties in Richmond early next month…

City officials hire controversial private prison operator

In an effort to reduce inmate overcrowding before the opening of Richmond's new jail in April, city officials have signed an $800,000 contract with a controversial private prison operator….

New SML business group will eye lawmakers

A group championing the interests of business on the legislative front met for the first time Wednesday, its chief quest to monitor proposed regulations locally and in Richmond that affect commerce, both large and small business, and the…

Science Museum receives $4 million gift

The Herndon Foundation, a Gottwald family charitable organization, is giving the Science Museum of Virginia $4 million to support its new 17,000-square-foot community event and exhibition center…

Richmond official seeks UNESCO designation for Slavery sites

As the city seeks to jump-start efforts to commemorate Richmond’s slave-trading history through the use of corporate fundraising and city and state funding, a city councilman wants to elevate Shockoe Bottom to the ranks of the…

Domestic abuse centers turn to lawmakers for help

Nearly half of Virginia's 57 crisis centers can no longer even manage round-the-clock access to hotlines or shelters, according to the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance…

Portsmouth sheriff wants new jail before closing current one

The current jail sits on prime waterfront property. But Bill Watson doesn't want to cede the land without having another facility for city inmates...

N.C. Moral Mondays continue, spread to other states

The Moral Monday movement, to protest changes in North Carolina public policy that organizers believe are extreme and hurt the state won't abate in 2014 and will spread to other states, its leader said...

Terry McAuliffe election on gun control means Beretta won’t move factory to Virginia

The Virginia site of the possible plant was one of six finalists locations that Beretta executives are now considering, after visiting 80 location in seven states. A spokesman for outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell would not comment on "unannounced projects….”

Higher tax bill could hit homeowners

A law that spared people who owe more than their homes are worth from being saddled with extra taxes when their banks provide mortgage relief is expiring next week...

Economists say large tax breaks aren’t slam dunk for states

Sometime early next year, Boeing will make one state very happy and more than a dozen others very sad. It will select the location for a new manufacturing plant to build its 777X airliner, gifting what it promises will be thousands of good-paying jobs to the winner...

W.Va. lawsuit seeks mandate for mine-safety devices

Two West Virginia agencies should force coal operators to install detectors that automatically shut down mobile machinery in mines when people get too close, according to a lawsuit…

Changes on the way for GED tests

The test to earn a General Equivalency Diploma will change next year, requiring aspiring graduates to pick up some computer skills as well as test knowledge…

New ObamaCare fees coming in 2014

The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills...

Report: Private Student Loans Perform Better

By analyzing data from seven of the largest private student lenders, the nonprofit data company found the outstanding balance of private loans has essentially leveled off since 2011, while that of federal loans has consistently increased since 2008…

UVa researchers developing drug to extend life of donated lungs

Lung transplants are extremely complicated and difficult to perform successfully. Once a donor dies, doctors typically have between six and eight hours to perform the transplant. Many of the lungs expire before then, said…

Roanoke water authority may help pay for new SML water plant

Negotiations will continue into next month between water authorities in Bedford County and the Roanoke Valley to extend a buy-sell agreement into a working partnership…

Newport News and Hampton tackle traffic snarls with smarter signals

The ability to control every traffic signal at the city's 287 intersections is part of a $12 million upgrade the city recently completed, said Everett Skipper, the city's engineering director…

Norfolk court papers are going digital

They weigh 73 tons. They unlock doors to history. And there's no room for them. A set of books containing corporate charters, wills, marriage licenses and deeds dating back to 1672 won't be making the trip from the old Norfolk circuit courthouse to its new digs...

Ashland eyeing funds to fix up iconic theater

The town does want to see the iconic, historic building put to good use as it focuses on revitalizing downtown Ashland. With that in mind Tuesday night, Ashland Town Council agreed to dedicate $100,000 toward repairs to the circa-1948 structure…

Streetcar issue dominates special election for Arlington Board

Where do they stand on the streetcar? Do they approve of the recent direction of the county government? What kind of accomplishments would they like to make...

Lynchburg-based bank expands to Roanoke, Charlottesville

The Lynchburg-based bank announced it has started a loan processing office in Charlottesville and Roanoke and has purchased land for a branch in Appomattox, outposts that could lead to the further expansion…

Commercial real estate plays of the year

A new cast of characters stayed busy in 2013 Make sure you didn’t miss any news with this roundup of the year in commercial real estate…

Golf-cart use to be studied in Potomac Landing

Residents of Potomac Landing subdivision asked the county for permission to drive golf carts through their quiet community, just as their nearby neighbors do in Fairview Beach…

A Dunkin' opens without any drama

While watching other area Dunkin’ Donuts stores go dark during a prolonged legal battle, Kenny and Joan Mady were plotting their next move with the doughnut chain…

Architectural firms to merge

Charlottesville-based Heyward Boyd Architects will merge with Grimm + Parker Architects on Jan. 1, Grimm + Parker officials announced on Monday. The combined entity will be known as Grimm + Parker Architects…

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