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Thursday, July 19, 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 among 6 States to sue US over immigration-related policy

Six states, including Virginia, and New York City are suing the federal government, saying it is unlawfully forcing them to engage in federal immigration enforcement to receive anti-crime funds….

With annexation off the table, officials studying ways to prod struggling cities to merge with counties

Residents of Martinsville are slowly coming around to the idea that the best thing for the city might be for it to cease being a city at all. Off-and-on discussions have been ongoing for decades about whether the shrinking…

Coalition of religious groups asks Virginia to study solitary confinement in jails

A coalition of religious and human rights groups called on the Virginia Board of Corrections to investigate the use of solitary confinement in jails, arguing the state needs facts rather than anecdotal evidence…

Pipeline explosion in W.Va. cited by opponents of Mountain Valley Pipeline

An explosion of a natural gas pipeline in West Virginia was triggered by the same conditions — steep slopes prone to landslides — that exist along the route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a conservation group is warning…

How have tolls affected Portsmouth? Without data, it's hard to tell

People here blame tolls at the Downtown and Midtown tunnels for sapping traffic from the city’s sluggish tourism district. Studies, including one released publicly last month, have found some evidence of that…

Lee County set to be first in Virginia to arm school employees

A small school district in far southwestern Virginia is set to become the first in the commonwealth to arm teachers in classrooms — a decision that is prompting criticism from the state’s top law enforcement official…

At Fones Cliffs, conservationists and developers face off

For years now, conservationists and developers have squared off over a proposed 1,000-acre golf resort and housing development at a pristine riverfront spot in the Northern Neck called Fones Cliffs…

Richmond City Council mulling own analysis of arena redevelopment proposal

The Richmond City Council may not rely on the independent review that Mayor Levar Stoney ordered of the $1.4 billion proposal his administration is weighing to replace the Richmond Coliseum…

As Richmond reviews Coliseum proposal, school officials want to focus on school facilitates

Richmond School Board members wary of the energy City Hall is spending on a bid to remake a broad swath of downtown say they want Mayor Levar Stoney focused on a more pressing infrastructure issue: school facilities…

Model Tobacco site under contract, on track for redevelopment

The Model Tobacco property in South Richmond is back in play for resurrection, as a Maryland-based developer has an acquisition in the works and recently purchased neighboring parcels…

Oh, that frosh class! (In the House of Delegates, that is)

They learn so fast these days, don’t they? The big crop of Democratic freshman legislators elected to the House of Delegates last November seem a lot quicker on the political uptake than their predecessors…

Amherst County tackles business-friendly effort

As chairman of the Amherst County Economic Development Authority, Calvin Kennon Jr. said the first thing people often say when he talks about his role is…

5th Circ. pauses FTC action over La. Real Estate Rule

The Fifth Circuit agreed Tuesday to pause a Federal Trade Commission administrative trial challenging a Louisiana real estate regulation that controls appraisal fees, giving the appraisers board a chance to vie for immunity as a state agency before it needs to face the antitrust action…

California Supreme Court blocks ballot measure to divide state into three

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked aproposal to split the state into threefrom appearing as a ballot measure in November…

FCC likely to approve policy that would help Google Fiber expansion

The FCC is set to vote on and likely approve a new rule that would allow individual companies like broadband providers to install their equipment on utility poles…

Here's when the Navy plans to release its RFP for one of the biggest IT contracts of 2018

The U.S. Navy says it will issue the final request for proposals for a closelywatched multibillion-dollar IT contract recompete at the end of this month…

EPA rolls back Obama-era coal ash regulations

As one of his first major acts as acting director of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler signed and finalized new standards overseeing coal ash. Signed into rules on Wednesday, the new regulations put more authority back in the hands of industry and states to regulate their own waste…

Lawmakers are considering these changes to your 401(k) plan

Lawmakers are working on the biggest changes to U.S. retirement savings in more than a decade, exploring several proposals that could make it easier for small companies to offer 401(k) plans and for workers to guarantee themselves an annual income after they retire…

FDA Chief blames Big Pharma for 'anemic' biosimilars sales

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s leader on Wednesday placed blame on Big Pharma for the “anemic” biosimilars market and floated a four-part plan for strengthening sales of the copycat medicines…

These pills could be next US drug epidemic, Public Health officials say

The growing use of anti-anxiety pills reminds some doctors of the early days of the opioid crisis. But the number of people taking the sedatives and the average length of time they’re taking them have shot up since the 1990s…

Finally, a glimpse of sunshine in Virginia

Rare are the substantial impasses resolved through honest, well-intentioned negotiation. Rarer still are times when the end result promises a demonstrable benefit to the public’s access to information and better oversight of vital civic institutions. But…

Finding balance of spending key for Municipalities

Municipal debt allows cities and counties to invest in major capital improvement projects such as schools, streets, bridges, water treatment plants and other big-ticket projects and equipment. As few jurisdictions have enough money…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

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mike.woods@troutman.com

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