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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.


Legislators: ‘We’re going to get there’ on state budget, Medicaid

Members of the Arlington legislative delegation say they expect a deal on Virginia’s biennial budget to be hammered out. But nailing lawmakers down on when that might happen is proving more elusive…

How would underserved regions adapt to Medicaid expansion?

During Virginia’s long debate on expanding Medicaid, the siren song for supporters has been “access to health care.” Pass the bill, they said, and thousands of uninsured finally will get to see doctors and nurses. If only it was that easy…

Del. Glenn Davis, seeking to protect GOP House majority, opts out of mayoral run in Va. Beach

State Del. Glenn Davis, R-Virginia Beach, has decided not to run for mayor of his city, in part to protect the one seat Republican majority in the House of Delegates…

Rivals see opening in Dominion Energy’s political success

Dominion Energy has long had unrivaled success at getting friendly legislation through the Virginia General Assembly, a political advantage that by some counts has been worth billions of dollars in profits. The parent company of the state's largest electric utility has massive sway in crafting Virginia's energy laws…

Can Stanley’s subcommittee help rebuild local schools?

From Martinsville to Henry County, Patrick County to Rocky Mount, local school districts need money. That’s been a consistent theme during this year’s budget discussions for cities and counties in southern Virginia…

You’ll be able to text 911 in Virginia, thanks to these teenagers

Local agencies in Virginia must accept text messages to 911 under a recently passed law that was the brainchild of four Centreville High School students. The measure…

Education leaders, state officials discuss keeping schools safe

It has been the issue at the center of education since the middle of February after a teenager shot and killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Now Virginia’s education leaders are coming together to address school safety in the state’s classrooms…

State Report: Opioid-related deaths quadrupled in Roanoke last year

Four times as many people died from opioid, heroin and cocaine overdoses in Roanoke last year as in 2016, and fentanyl was implicated in more than half of those deaths, according to preliminary figures released by the Virginia Department of Health…

Stone bistro vote deferred; cigarette tax proposal goes up in smoke

In front of a packed house Monday night, Richmond City Council voted to reject a proposed tax on cigarettes and postponed a decision regarding the future of Stone Brewing Co.’s planned bistro.

Huge federal contractor ‘failed’ to pay workers $100 million in wages, union says

One of the country's largest federal contractors has been accused of underpaying about 10,000 workers who run help hotlines for public health insurance programs, including the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, by up to $100 million over the past five years…

Sen. Kaine: Larger Navy will be a boost for Hampton Roads if area can train enough workers

If Hampton Roads wants to benefit from the planned Navy buildup to 355 ships, the region has to develop a larger population of skilled workers – even reaching into its elementary schools to find future talent – U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine said Monday…

Campbell planning commission recommends solar zoning updates

Public sees possible future Graves Mill road improvements

Richmond prosecutors to stop seeking cash bonds for criminal defendants

Prosecutors in the city of Richmond, which has one of the busiest criminal court dockets in the state, will no longer seek cash bail bonds for defendants awaiting trial. Many defendants are released on personal recognizance or under pretrial supervision pending trial. But…

Why NC leaders think more nurses, counselors and social workers could make schools safer

A North Carolina legislative subcommittee is recommending hiring more school counselors, nurses, psychologists and social workers as a way to try to reduce the threat of school violence following the Parkland, Florida school massacre…

Poll: Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is favored over Democratic candidates

Gov. Larry Hogan, widely perceived by Marylanders as a moderate, is dominating all of his prospective Democratic rivals by double digits in a Goucher Poll released Tuesday…

Louisiana Senate looks at cutting these three tax rebates to help raise state revenue


Sen. Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria, wants to make permanent reductions set to expire June 30 for three growing economic development incentives: Quality Jobs, Enterprise Zones and Competitive Salaries…

New York governor pushes to ban plastic bags

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is asking state lawmakers to ban single-use plastic bags at stores and restaurants. Cuomo introduced legislation to that effect Monday, saying it would cut down on plastic pollution in waterways, on streets and elsewhere…

How Amazon HQ2 could transform cities, win or lose

Can Amazon make the intense competition for its second headquarters (HQ2) be a win for all participants? The economic benefits of landing what has been called the “Olympics of bids” are profound…

More States use ‘triggers’ to tie tax cuts to future growth

Budget negotiators in at least four states are considering bills that have so-called tax triggers, as lawmakers increasingly seek to tie future rate reductions to economic performance that can pay for them…

How States, Federal Agencies are challenging drug prices

High prescription drug prices are increasingly a focal point in the discussion of U.S. health care spending. While there is little consensus in Congress, there has been considerable recent activity in…



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