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Daily Clip 11/5/13
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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 up 6 points in election-eve poll

With voters heading to the polls today, McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli 46 percent to 40 percent, a 2-point increase from a Quinnipiac survey last week that showed a tighter race. Libertarian Robert Sarvis received 8 percent support in the latest survey…

How McAuliffe became the frontrunner: 8 Turning Points

The race for Virginia governor has burned through more than $50 million, well over 50,000 television ads and a seemingly infinite number of negative attacks lobbed between the campaigns of…

Gas royalties dispute puts SW Virginia center stage in Governor’s race

Southwest Virginia could be a deciding factor in who wins the governor’s seat in Tuesday’s election. The region was supposed to be a safe base for gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli…

Bitter Governor’s campaign could buck historical White House jinx

Virginia voters will go to the polls today to elect the state's 72nd governor, putting an end to an expensive and bitter campaign that has soured the public's perception of both major-party candidates…

National attention focused on Virginia Gubernatorial race

Virginia voters stand at the center of U.S. politics today as they go to the polls to elect a new governor. Their choice will be widely interpreted as a referendum on the nation’s mood on the partisan stalemate in Washington…

Sarvis pushing for 10 percent of vote

On his last full day of campaigning, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis popped into a Latino bakery on Midlothian Turnpike…

Lieutenant Governor’s race may re-shape Senate

Republican officials may be smiling even if E.W. Jackson, their candidate for lieutenant governor, loses on Tuesday as polls predict. That’s because Democratic nominee…

State's  prisoner re-entry program hits milestone

Gov. Bob McDonnell is trumpeting a milestone in a Virginia prisoner re-entry program. The governor says the "DMV Connect” program has processed more than 2,000 identification cards for offenders preparing for release…

Carnival not cruising from Norfolk in 2014

Carnival Cruise Lines said bon voyage to Norfolk. Carnival Glory made its last home-port stop last week in Norfolk before heading to Miami…

Study says 518,000 Virginians eligible for health tax credits

A new study says about 518,000 Virginia residents will be eligible for tax credits under the federal health care reform law if they purchase coverage through new health insurance marketplaces…

Drug firm to pay $2.2B in fraud settlement

Johnson & Johnson will pay $2.2 billion to resolve civil and criminal allegations involving the marketing of off-label, unapproved uses for three prescription drugs, Justice Department officials announced Monday…

Everything you need to know about Washington’s GMO labeling fight

On Tuesday, Washington state residents will vote on whether to approve Initiative 522, which would require genetically modified foods sold in stores to be labeled accordingly. If it passes, it would be the first such law in the United States…

Audit finds VCU deficiencies in procedures

 

The state auditor has found deficiencies in the way Virginia Commonwealth University safeguards sensitive payroll and personal information, and said the university should tighten its procedures for…

City Auditor questions school, city deal with health care provider

The Richmond school system is spending more than $30 million a year on health care benefits even though it doesn’t have a signed contract with its service provider, according to an audit released Monday…

Affordable Care Act could prompt leaders to hire substitute teachers from employment agency

 

Bristol school leaders could decide next month to get substitute teachers from an employment agency due to cost concerns related to the Affordable Care Act…

Local developers form a band of builders

 

Several of Richmond’s most active apartment developers have joined the fledgling multifamily council of the Home Building Association of Richmond, a move designed to band the competitors together and gain sway in raising concerns about development in the City of Richmond…

BlackBerry Abandons Sale Process

BlackBerry Ltd.'s effort to find a buyer has failed, leaving the company to attempt a hastily arranged restructuring that raises even more questions for the beleaguered smartphone maker…

North Carolina voters to decide local elections

 

Nearly all North Carolina counties are holding elections Tuesday for municipal and school board races and local referenda from the mountains to the coast…

VMI  tracking down computers that may still hold data

 

Some Virginia Military Institute computers sold at surplus auctions last month contained hard drives that were not wiped clean, in violation of procedure. About 50 of the 369 computers sold…

Norfolk faces one difficult task: Poverty reduction

 

The Mayor's Commission on Poverty Reduction, consisting of local experts, has hosted town hall meetings to develop a plan to help poor residents in Norfolk…

To prevent harm, Virginia Beach starts tree removal

 

Because of Bradford pear trees' tendency to break apart in bad weather or old age, the city is removing them over the next two weeks from…

 

Charlottesville public housing settlement moves forward

 

A federal judge Monday preliminarily approved a $160,000 settlement agreement between public housing residents and the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority. The agreement would refund…

Microsoft enters 20-year deal to buy Texas wind power

As part of an effort to become carbon neutral, Microsoft has entered a deal to buy power from a new wind farm in Texas, the first time the tech giant is directly purchasing electricity from a specific source…

Small business owners remain confused, misinformed about the health care law

It has been more than three and a half years since the health care law was signed, yet many small-business owners say they still don’t understand the legislation and what it means for their businesses, according to a new study…

Metro seeks developers for five sites near rail stations

 

Developers have been calling the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to inquire about the transit agency’s properties — many of them surface parking lots in developing neighborhoods — and the agency has responded…

Roanoke County eyeglass innovator PixelOptics files for bankruptcy

 

Roanoke County-based PixelOptics, a pioneer in electronic eyewear founded by inventor, optometrist and entrepreneur Ron Blum, filed today for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Delaware, according to filings with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court…

Virginia STEAM Academy plans 2015 opening at Fort Monroe

The Virginia STEAM Academy could occupy as many as 19 buildings on Fort Monroe in the coming years as new classes begin to enroll, according to an agreement between the school's founders and the Fort Monroe Authority…

D.C. May Join New York in Raising Tobacco Age

 

Washington, D.C., is moving toward banning the sale of tobacco to 18-to-21-year-old adults, less than a week after the successful New York City Council vote to raise that city's tobacco age limit to 21…

Drumbeat Intensifies for E-Cig Regulations

Federal and state officials are pushing for a rapid end to the current laissez faire regulatory environment for electronic cigarettes, which is characterized by hundreds of companies vying for customers with diverse device and flavor options…

With a merger in the works, Media General looks to expand

Shareholders of Media General Inc. will vote this week on a proposed merger that will expand the Richmond-based company’s broadcasting portfolio while also dramatically changing its ownership structure. If the company’s proposed merger…

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