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TSS Today's Clips-Thursday, December 6

Thursday, December 6, 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 election officials: House GOP's request to delay 2019 primaries is 'premature'

Virginia election officials told a federal court they see no reason to push back the 2019 primary schedule, calling a Republican request to do so premature and unnecessary. In a court filing Wednesday…

Dominion hears concerns about Chesterfield coal ash at Town Hall

Representatives of Dominion Energy heard concerns at a town hall Wednesday from Chesterfield County residents regarding the future of 15 million cubic yards of coal ash stored underground in the county…

Virginia Transportation officials approve I-81 corridor improvement plan

A team of Virginia leaders assembled by Governor Ralph Northam to oversee road safety across Virginia has approved a plan to fix some of the problems plaguing Interstate 81. The Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to approve…

Atlantic Coast Pipeline hits another speed bump in Nelson County

Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline project hit a speed bump after the Nelson County Board of Zoning Appeals voted Monday to deny four variance requests needed to construct part of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline through designated floodplain areas in Nelson County…

DEQ wants Tri-City regional landfill shut down

The state Department of Environmental Quality has launched the process to pull the solid-waste permit for the Tri-City Regional Landfill, a move that, if successful, could force the closure of the controversial Puddledock Road property within a year…

Poll: Virginians approve of Northam, Amazon deal and casinos, but take a dim view of Trump

A large majority of Virginia voters approves of Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and think the state is heading in the right direction, according to a new poll that also shows strong support for a deal that will bring part of Amazon’s East Coast headquarters to the state…

Medical marijuana dispensary will open in Portsmouth in spring 2019

Hampton Roads’ first medical cannabis dispensary will be opening in Portsmouth, city officials announced Wednesday, ending speculation over where a facility would land since the licensees were first identified earlier this fall…

Candidates gear up for Special Election for 24th District seat

A special election is coming up in two weeks to fill the Virginia delegate seat left open by Ben Cline, who was elected to take Bob Goodlatte's former seat in Congress…

UVA Professor to challenge Toscano in 2019 primary

A University of Virginia professor is planning to challenge Del. David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville, in the 2019 Democratic primary. Sally Hudson, an assistant professor of public policy…

Fralins give $50 million to Virginia Tech to hire scientists and hasten pace of Roanoke's economic growth

A Roanoke family is giving $50 million to Virginia Tech to be used to attract top-ranked scientists to its Roanoke research center and to hasten the pace of the region’s economic growth…

How Richmond and Hampton Roads tried to woo Amazon

Northern Virginia may have won half of Amazon’s HQ2, but Hampton Roads and the Richmond region made their own pitches to the corporate giant, touting cheap labor and housing prices and…

Bon Secours seeks permission from state to build ER facility in Chester

 

Rejected by the state earlier this year, a local hospital is making another bid to establish a freestanding emergency department with CT imaging services…

Virginia to market York land that local group eyes for drones

Virginia will put up for sale a former fuel farm that local officials want to use for a drone-focused industrial park, aiming for a price far higher than what Peninsula economic developers want to pay…

Danville council approves funds for mega park, grant for consultant

Danville City Council voted during its meeting Tuesday night to approve more than $600,000 toward infrastructure development at the Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill. Council also voted to accept …

EPA eyes rolling back another Obama coal rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to formally propose rolling back an Obama administration climate change rule for coal-fired power plants. The rule at issue, written in 2015, would have put strict new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants…

Pennsylvania's Broadband challenges are worse than thought

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University spent much of this year studying internet speeds across the state, and found that only a small fraction of residents—just under 10 percent—live in areas that meet the Federal Communication Commission’s minimum speed needed for broadband connectivity…

Study shows path to lower health costs

A new state report suggesting ways to curb the soaring cost of health care for Virginia’s prison inmates offers ideas worth considering — and even expanding. The report by the Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission details…

Air Board controversy continues

The Northam administration has decided not to seat two new members of the State Air Pollution Control Board until after a controversial vote next week on the Buckingham compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline…

Marchard: To keep Virginia infrastructure costs low, lawmakers must maintain truck limits

In the Old Dominion state, trucks barrel down Interstate 81 to deliver goods at virtually every point on the Eastern seaboard. Wear and tear on Virginia roads is already causing infrastructure costs to spike…

Duval: Economic development summit in Virginia

Tomorrow — Dec. 7 — hundreds of Virginia business leaders and policymakers will come together in Williamsburg to share ideas and plot a course for the future of economic development in our commonwealth — and they couldn’t be convening at a more important time…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

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