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TSS Today's Clips-Tuesday, June 12

Tuesday, June 12, 2018  
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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.

 

Virginia holds a primary today; Polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm

From Fairfax to the Richmond suburbs, Virginia voters will head to the polls Tuesday to choose candidates to run in November elections that could help determine which party has control of the U.S. House next year…

Former Sen. John Watkins withdraws as candidate for SCC judgeship, endorses David Clarke

Former Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, has withdrawn as a candidate for the State Corporation Commission. Watkins said Monday that he informed Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, on Sunday evening that he no longer wanted to be considered to fill the unexpired term…

Virginia lawmakers pressure head of College Savings Program to bring down prepaid tuition costs

A Virginia college savings program that lets families prepay tuition costs might be saving up too much of its own money, according to state auditors. On Monday, state lawmakers pressured…

Hinkle to leave newspaper, join Dominion Energy

Today, we announce changes in the leadership of the RTD Editorial Department. First, a valued columnist for many years on these pages is leaving us. Bart Hinkle, now the Editor of the Editorial Pages, has accepted a writing role at…

Arlington Chamber backs County efforts to win Amazon’s HQ2

Arlington’s business community is throwing its support behind the county’s efforts to land Amazon’s second headquarters. The county’s Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 750 businesses in the area, penned a letter to the County Board…

Par Ventures officials excited, clear up confusion on cannabis project details

A change of presidents at Par Ventures should have no effect on that company’s plans to redevelop the Bristol Mall or its relationship with a start-up pharmaceutical firm’s intent to operate there…

Preservation groups to appeal Surry-Skiffes Creek transmission line ruling

Two historic preservation groups intend to appeal a federal judge’s recent ruling that Dominion Energy’s Surry-Skiffes Creek transmission line project may proceed Monday…

 

Informart Data Centers completes a new data center suite in Ashburn

Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale carrier-neutral data center provider based in Sterling, said Monday that it has completed a new data center suite at its Ashburn facility. The data center is the first of six…

Hampton to sell downtown properties for development

Hampton is poised to take the next step toward transforming its downtown with the pending sale of nine properties, including a…

Despite city holdup, Stone Brewing committed to building bistro

The future of the old Intermediate Terminal Warehouse will remain in a holding pattern for at least another two weeks. Monday’s continuance marks the fifth time council has delayed voting…

Hourigan sells former Media General building to state for $20M

A local developer has pulled off a multimillion-dollar flip on a downtown office building in barely a year’s time. Hourigan Development earlier this month sold the former Media General building at 333 E. Franklin St. to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission for $20.4 million…

Moving Northern Virginia to look at intersection of transportation and business

New road construction and growing transit opportunities go beyond adding commuting options — they’re an important part of keeping Northern Virginia’s economy moving...

What the net neutrality repeal means

After a protracted and vicious fight, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) on Monday officially repealed net neutrality rules requiring internet providers to treat all web content equally…

Lawmakers seek to hold USPS 'accountable' in Opioid Bill

A bipartisan, bicameral congressional group has reached an agreement on a bill aimed at holding the federal government "accountable" for preventing synthetic opioids from being trafficked into the U.S. through the Postal Service…

Ga., 10 others win injunction over Clean Water Act Rule

Georgia and 10 other states won a preliminary injunction in Georgia federal court Friday barring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the highly contested Waters of the United States rule, which they allege is overly broad…

Businesses get a win on head tax, but solution to Seattle homelessness crisis still elusive

The Seattle City Council’s apparent reversal of the $275-per-employee head tax would deliver a major victory to businesses whose political influence has waned in recent years, while blind-siding…

As Connecticut forms working group, blockchain remains highly experimental in state governments

Many states are now studying blockchain to improve security and efficiency in government, but the technology's exact value to the public sector is yet to be defined…

Fed up with rising costs, big U.S. firms dig into healthcare

At its Silicon Valley headquarters, network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc is going to unusual lengths to take control of the relentless increase in its U.S. healthcare costs. The company is among a handful of large American employers who are getting more deeply involved in managing their workers’ health instead of looking to insurers to do it..

The hemp revival: why marijuana's cousin could soon be big business

The crop – which is a cannabis plant very similar to marijuana, but lacking its best-known property: getting you high – is a versatile raw material, and like its more notorious relative, it could once again become very lucrative…

Rural communities see big returns with broadband access, but roadblocks persist

The economic upside of internet access is being pushed by rural broadband advocates across the country who say that there isn’t enough being done to connect rural communities. Building out the necessary infrastructure, they argue, could function as an economic and informational driver for some of the country’s most cash-strapped regions…

Supreme Court, bitterly divided, backs Ohio voting system

From snarky one-liners to grave charges of historical ignorance, Monday's 5-4 decision in a U.S. Supreme Court case over Ohio's system for purging its voter rolls elicited heated rhetoric among the justices in what has been…

Permanent tax cuts to keep the economy hot

Allowing ordinary Americans and small businesses to keep more of their earnings should be a cause that all Americans rally behind…

What GE's announcement tells us

One winter’s day in 1954, the president of the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce announced what he declared was “the greatest single industrial development in Roanoke Valley since the location of the American Viscose Corporation plant here in 1914.” That development was…

 

 

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