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Tuesday, May 15, 2018  
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Virginia Senate will return May 22 to act on budget

The Senate has a date to return to the Capitol to act on a state budget. Now, it just needs to come up with a budget it’s willing to adopt. Almost four weeks after the House of Delegates approved two budgets that expand Virginia’s Medicaid program…

$2.6 million Tobacco Commission grant aims to boost mega site project

The Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill moved a step closer to having a new manufacturing plant Monday as the Danville-Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority formally accepted a $2.6 million Virginia Tobacco Commission grant to…

Officials eye potential toll study along I-81 to fund corridor improvements

The Commonwealth Transportation Board is about to embark on a study of Interstate 81 that could ultimately charge some users’ tolls. State Transportation Secretary Shannon Valentine outlined plans for the study Monday during a public meeting…

Dulles Toll Road rates likely to increase for the first time in 4 years

Starting in 2019, it could cost more to take the Dulles Toll Road. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will be briefed on a plan to increase the tolls on the road…

Amtrak boost in VA., more VRE service part of final DC2RVA recommendations

A plan to significantly increase the number of Amtrak trains between Washington and Richmond, add to VRE commuter rail service, and allow for more freight traffic along the Interstate 95 corridor is moving forward with new recommendations solidified this week from the…

High-speed internet access one step closer to reality in Bedford

The Bedford County Board of Supervisors on Monday directed county staff to move forward with a proposed $3.5 million plan to expand high-speed internet access to 98 percent of county residents. George Condyles, president of Mechanicsville-based communications company…

Supreme Court ruling makes sports betting legal. Here’s what it means to Virginia.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that opens the door for states to sponsor sports betting will have little effect on Virginia. At least for now. The court's 6-3 decision struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a federal law that prevented states…

Rezoning will help Fredericksburg compete for new VA clinic

The Hylton Tract meets the VA’s criteria because it is close to both I–95 and Mary Washington Hospital, as well as restaurants, retailers and hotels. The VA is expected to issue a request for proposal for sites in that area this summer, and appropriate zoning and deeded access needs to be in place by then…

William & Mary receives NSF grant to recruit STEM teachers

Faculty at the College of William & Mary have received $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation to recruit and place 33 STEM teachers in high-need school districts. The NSF funding will prepare and place teachers in Newport News, Hampton, Gloucester, New Kent, York and Williamsburg-James City school districts...

Local adult beverage, cybersecurity and biotech industries touted for state investment

A regional economic development council with $800,000 in state funds to award has identified four projects it believes will create high-paying local jobs and boost exports of Virginia-made products. The projects are part of the second round of grant applications…

Wittman wants Dahlgren Division move 'put on hold' for more information

Congressman Rob Wittman, R–1st District, wants the Navy to put on hold its controversial plan to move a specialized division from the Dahlgren base. Wittman has put a provision regarding Dahlgren in the National Defense Authorization Act, which…

Healthcare data security programs get short shrift in IT budgets

Healthcare data security programs continue to be underfunded and understaffed, a Black Book Market Research cybersecurity survey of close to 2,500 healthcare security professionals found…

Senate set to vote on nixing Net Neutrality rollback

A long-awaited Senate vote that could set in motion the nullification of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality deregulation is scheduled for Wednesday…

Seattle City Council votes 9-0 for scaled-down head tax on large employers

The legislation calls for a tax of $275 per employee, per year on for-profit companies that gross at least $20 million per year in the city — down from a $500-per-head tax that Mayor Jenny Durkan had threatened to veto…

Justices back unlisted driver over search of rental car

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reversed a lower court's ruling that a man driving his fiancée's rental car did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy because he was not on the rental agreement, resolving a circuit split and…

4 things to watch as FERC sets sights on Pipeline policies

From revamping 20-year-old guidelines for approving natural gas pipelines to sparking a massive rewrite of oil and gas pipeline contracts, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is working on several policy changes that could reshape how the pipeline industry does business…

The reason shipping costs are skyrocketing

The biggest companies in America face the same dilemma: A truck driver shortage is squeezing profits. More than 70% of goods in the United States hit the highway at some point before they get to your home, according to the American Trucking Associations, an industry trade group…

Cities now use taxes to fight blight. Is it working?

It’s a scenario that plays out over and over in cities across the country: A small business in a hip neighborhood closes, the storefront is left empty for months -- maybe years -- and then eventually gets replaced by a national chain…

Dunbar’s book speaks volumes

The race for the 6th District congressional Republican nomination has become a slop-fest in record time, with mud flying in so many directions, with such vitriol and almost comically vindictive attacks, it’s hard to keep track of who’s throwing what at whom. None of this bodes well for the Republican Party…

Confusion rules the General Assembly

Last fall’s Democratic wave in state legislative elections nearly snatched control of the House of Delegates from the GOP. Only two extremely close races prevented that from happening — one in Fredericksburg and one in Newport News. In Fredericksburg, split precincts caused…

The importance of scaling and supporting Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeship programs could help address the country’s skills gap and labor shortage, but would require increased investment, diversity and awareness to do so, experts said Monday at a…

A reliable electric grid keeps on the lights — and our digital economy

Delivery of electricity is an essential service that no one really thinks about until the lights don’t go on or (more importantly) our mobile device don’t work…

 

 

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