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TSS Today's Clips-Wednesday, September 13

Thursday, September 13, 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.

 

As court pressure heats up, VA. House Republicans say they’re ready to work on redistricting

Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates told a federal court Wednesday that they intend to return to Richmond in mid-October for a possible vote on a redistricting plan…

After critical report, Northam says VA. election problems won’t happen again

A Virginia state review has called for less local control of elections this week, pointing to a rickety IT system, lack of reviews to confirm voters are assigned to the correct districts and a sense of politics invading the state’s Department of Elections…

As storm looms, 4th Circuit reverses ruling against Dominion on Coal Ash pollution at Chesapeake site

Water pollution from a coal ash landfill and settling ponds at a closed power plant in Chesapeake is not a violation of the federal Clean Water Act or the conditions of a state permit to enforce the law…

Amended lawsuit challenges VA. law that suspends driver’s licenses for failure to pay court fees

The Legal Aid Justice Center filed an amended class action suit in federal court in Charlottesville on Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of a Virginia law that automatically suspends driver’s licenses for failure to pay court costs and fines…

UVA approves academic affiliation with Inova, GMU

The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors on Wednesday approved an academic affiliation with Inova Health System and George Mason University — a move that could reshape higher education in Northern Virginia…

Northam announces $4.2M in grants for Southwest Virginia

More than $4.2 million in grant funding for Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee and Washington counties and the towns of Lebanon and Marion for water, sewer, downtown revitalization and housing rehabilitation projects were announced Tuesday by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam…

Bristol casino developers address concerns about crime, other issues

Developers who want to open a resort casino at the vacant Bristol Mall said Wednesday they have no intention for the facility to be a source of crime, drugs or other social problems. ..

County reassessing East-West Freeway project

After more than a year of occasionally contentious discussions about a proposed road project some citizens say will destroy the rural character of southern Chesterfield, the county government is headed back to the drawing board…

A half-million square feet for HQ2 by the end of 2019? That's still Amazon's goal.

Amazon.com Inc. is holding to its goal of meeting the initial phase of its second headquarters in 2019, but it could be hard-pressed to hit that target unless it inks a deal for the space soon — no matter where HQ2 lands...

VA. Supreme Court denies appeal in 2ndDistrict race

The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a judge’s decision to order an independent candidate removed from the ballot in the 2nd Congressional District because of fraud. The…

Want to check Scott Taylor’s ballot petitions? Too late: they’ve been shredded

After the court-ordered removal of Shaun Brown's name from the Nov. 6 congressional ballot for fraudulent signatures and phony addresses, can the petitions of other 2018 federal candidates be rechecked for accuracy? Depends on who you're asking about…

6th District spat lingers

Now that state Republican leaders have effectively punted on the controversy surrounding the 6th District GOP, the question is, what's next? The state central committee…

Dave Brat, Abigail Spanberger kick off 'toss-up' Congressional race with attack ads

Democrats and Republicans have aired or booked nearly half a million dollars’ worth of ads this month in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District race, as GOP Rep. Dave Brat works to fend off a stiff challenge from Democrat Abigail Spanberger…

NRCC spending almost $5 million on ads to help Barbara Comstock

Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock may be the most vulnerable House incumbent of the cycle, but it’s not stopping the campaign arm of House Republicans from investing a significant sum into her defense…

As States meet Renewable Energy goals, they must decide whether to expand them

State laws boosting wind and solar power have seen remarkable success over the past two decades. But in the past couple of years, the role of renewable portfolio standards — state requirements for utilities to supply a minimum amount of retail electricity from renewable energy — has waned, according to a…

Health industry experts fear 'chaos' if Texas judge suspends Affordable Care Act

A federal judge in Texas is weighing a request by 20 states to suspend the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a move that could lead to "chaos" in the health insurance market, some industry experts worry…

Revisiting a 50-Year old Economic Development tool

New research offers a fresh look at tax increment financing. David Merriman says back when he began researching tax increment financing districts he was somewhat skeptical of the widely used economic development tool…

Porsche targets millennials with luxury car rentals

Porsche is widening its experimentation with alternatives to traditional car ownership, adding pilot programs on both U.S. coasts that target younger Americans for whom the concept of possessing an automobile is fluid at best…

Will Electric Co-ops close the digital divide?

The Federal Communications Commission seems to think they’re part of the solution. About 6.3 million households that get electricity from a cooperative lack broadband internet service, which will result in economic losses of $68 billion over 20 years, according to a new co-op association study.

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

Direct: 804.697.2256 | Mobile: 804.339.0260
mike.woods@troutman.com

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