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Daily Clip 12/27/13
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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 .

AG-elect names Hampton City attorney as Chief Deputy

Attorney General-elect Mark Herring has picked Cynthia E. Hudson, city attorney of Hampton, to serve as his chief deputy attorney general. Hudson will oversee the day-to-day operations in the attorney general’s office…

Write-in threshold wrong?

A bill await­ing state lawmakers’ review would erase how write-in votes are now counted. Del. Mark Cole, R-Fredericks­burg, seeks to amend Virginia’s law that says if the write-in total for a certain race exceeds more than 5 percent of the number of votes for that office…

Local freshman lawmakers ‘taking it all in’

When the General Assembly convenes its 2014 session Jan. 8, at least 14 new faces will be in the House of Delegates. Two of them represent districts in the Fredericksburg region…

One Republican signaling interest in Wolf’s seat

One possible contender for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Vienna, is edging toward an official declaration of his candidacy. State Sen.[Dick Black], R-Ashburn, said he has formed an exploratory committee…

This year marks the rise of E-cigarettes

2013 might be remembered as the year when electronic cigarettes took off in the heart of tobacco country. At least eight retail stores specializing in selling electronic cigarettes, battery-powered devices or e-cigarettes…

Dominion already staging for James River line

Dominion Virginia Power has started to stockpile materials to build the Surry-Skiffes Creek power line over the James River, despite lacking federal approval for the project…

New Midtown tunnel construction making progress

Workers in Portsmouth and Norfolk are making space for a 55-foot-wide, 28-foot-tall tube that will be floated down the Chesapeake Bay starting this summer…

After tough 2013, Rector says NSU on path to progress

Undoubtedly, 2013 was a tough year for Norfolk State University. Late audits, negative news stories, an investigation by the school’s accrediting agency and major problems with its two-year nursing program were just the beginning…

Loudoun developments to keep an eye on for 2014

In the first of a two part series, the Times-Mirror looks at four mixed-use developments in Loudoun County to provide a preview of development in 2014. Designed as walkable environments, these new communities provide Loudouners…

Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams to step down today

The head of the dietary supplement maker at the heart of a political scandal involving Gov. Bob McDonnell is set to resign at the company's shareholder meeting…

Dominion Raceway starts staffing up

Though Dominion Raceway in Spotsylvania County is more than a year away from opening, it already has three full-time employees, owner Steve Britt said…

Hospice firms draining billions from Medicare

Medicare rules have encouraged for-profit hospice companies to seek out healthier patients who are more profitable because they require fewer visits and stay enrolled longer…

Smyth supervisors take action on 2 economic development projects

Action to foster the work of two companies striving to do business in Smyth County was among the work members of the board of supervisors undertook at their last meeting of 2013…

Va officials adopt new inmate visiting rules

The Virginia Department of Corrections has adopted new inmate visiting rules aimed at improving security, consistency and visitor flows…

Report: History developing miniseries on Jamestown

The History channel is preparing to develop a miniseries on Jamestown, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The series is inspired by Benjamin Woolley’s book, "Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America.”…

Populist "Don't Tread on Me" plate proves popular in Virginia

Demand for the specialty plate canonizing the Tea Party’s rallying cry has made the tag one of the most coveted in Virginia, despite being available for just 20 months…

Suit challenges plans to raise money in legislative session

Supporters of Maryland gubernatorial hopeful Douglas F. Gansler filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to prevent the running mate of chief rival Anthony G. Brown, from raising money during the legislative session that starts next month…

Refund for some customers hit by late holiday deliveries

Amazon, UPS will offer refunds to buyers who did not receive their orders on time, after a surge in last-minute shopping caught the shipping giant off guard…

Patton Boggs, Locke Lord call off merger talks

Washington law and lobbying powerhouse Patton Boggs and Texas-based law firm Locke Lord have called off merger talks, the firms said in a joint statement…

Danville's electric rates below state average

Danville Utilities’ residential electric rates compare favorably to other electric power providers in the Dan River Region — and it looks like the city’s base rate will stay the same for at least another 18 months…

Environmental review endorses new Duke nuclear plant

Federal regulators are unlikely to make a decision before 2016, after a second report looks at the plant design, location and safety issues. The Charlotte utility is unlikely to commit to the plant before then. That would mean electricity production would not start before 2024…

Big step for Tobacco Heritage Trail

Next month, outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to enjoying the longest stretch, by far, of the Tobacco Heritage Trail as it comes together across Southside Virginia. Sometime in January…

Bids out for 150-space River District parking garage

The Industrial Development Authority is moving forward with its plan to convert the former Acrees Warehouse into a covered parking garage; invitations to bid have gone out and are due back for review Jan. 28…

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