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TSS Today's Clips-Friday, April 12

Friday, April 12, 2019  
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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.

 

Northam announces initiative to encourage economic growth in Virginia Opportunity Zones

Governor Ralph Northam announced a new initiative that will bolster the Governor’s goal of ensuring that every region, community, and household can participate and share in the Commonwealth’s economic progress through the federal Opportunity Zones program…

State revenue growth slows as budget crunch looms in last quarter

Virginia has buckled up for a revenue roller-coaster ride, faced with the challenge of collecting $7 billion in the final three months of the fiscal year to have enough money to pay the government’s budgeted expenses because of a delayed start to the income tax filing season…

City set to forgive nearly $1M; Money is part of loan provided to IDA for Telvista

Danville will lose out on nearly $1 million on the former Televista building in order to make way for a new business. In short, the Danville City Council will consider next week whether…

It will be harder to count Virginia’s children, immigrants and senior citizens in 2020

For Virginia to get all the federal money possible for a host of programs covering health, housing, transportation and schools, among other areas, every possible resident will need to be counted in the 2020 census…

Canadian firm chooses Lebanon for new headquarters

A Canadian-based manufacturer of specialty plastic caps and closures will soon establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Russell County, Virginia, creating…

Mecklenburg Supes reject Lady Bug solar, ending battle

The Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors put an end Monday to a seven-month battle over the proposed Lady Bug solar facility in Bracey, voting to deny a special use permit to…

Stewart prepares new push for data center tax hike in Prince William County

Prince William Board of County Supervisors will take another look at increasing the county's tax rate for data centers. The board will hold a special meeting to discuss a possible increase on Wednesday April 17…

Firms address their response to opioids in the workplace

Executives of two international companies described their firms’ pioneering response to opioid addiction in the workplace Thursday, during a program at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon…

Foe of Mountain Valley Pipeline allowed to participate in Roanoke Gas rate increase case

The Sierra Club will be allowed to participate in the regulatory review of a proposed rate increase by Roanoke Gas Co., which the club says is connected to the company’s involvement in the contentious Mountain Valley Pipeline…

It's now an Amazon-Microsoft showdown for the Pentagon's massive JEDI contract

The Pentagon announced the decision Wednesday, eliminating Oracle Corp. and International Business Machines Corp. from competition for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract, a program that seeks to transform the Pentagon’s IT posture through the use of commercial cloud technology…

Controversy swirling around 97th House seat

With the delegate pre-filing deadline fast approaching in three 97th District jurisdictions for a Republican Party convention scheduled for May 3, the contest continues to be one of Virginia’s most controversial nominations…

Battle shapes up for 15th District

Incumbent Senator Frank Ruff officially announced last week that he had filed as a candidate in the June 11, Republican Primary for the 15th District Senate Seat. Ruff will face challenger Dale Sturdifen of Chase City in the primary…

Lynchburg Council member Turner Perrow announces run for the House of Delegates

Lynchburg City council member Turner Perrow announced Thursday he would seek the Republican nomination to run for the 23rd House of Delegates seat in the General Assembly, setting up a three-way primary battle later this spring…

Evans announces to run in 16th District

Dustin W. Evans has announced that he will run for Delegate of the 16th District in the November against current Delegate Les Adams. A Libertarian, Evans…

Edmunds to run for re-election as Delegate

Delegate James Edmunds of the 60th District representing the counties of Charlotte, Halifax, and Prince Edward as well as part of Campbell County, has announced…

Changes underway at biotech park in downtown Richmond including plans to hire a new president and CEO

As it seeks to become a more proactive force in the Richmond region's innovation economy, the park is revamping its leadership structure and plans to hire a new president and chief executive officer…

Wild Virginia expects Dominion bill on the horizon

They’re on the lookout. A conservation group urges public opposition to new federal legislation Dominion Energy is expected to have introduced soon permitting construction of the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline..

Nearly 1,500 properties in Maryland would be affected by Hogan’s plan to build toll lanes

Properties along the Beltway and I-270 would lose parts of backyards or other land, either permanently or temporarily during construction, according to a new state study…

Contractor identifies new problems with second phase of the Silver Line at Dulles Airport station

The latest development adds to a lengthy list of problems the contractor must resolve before it can complete work on the $5.8 billion project. The contractor was expected to wrap up its work in August, but the company said it is unlikely it will make that deadline…

California plastic bag bans spur 120 percent increase in sales of thicker plastic garbage bags

In March, New York became the second state to ban plastic bags—behind California, which banned them in 2016. Countless cities, towns, and counties have also either prohibited plastic bags or imposed fees or other restrictions on their use..

Is Stanley, right? Are casinos a sign of civic death?

It wasn’t quite like Daniel going into the lion’s den, but perhaps as close as we’ll get without actual big cats. State Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin County, went to Danville this week and…

Highways get lawmakers’ attention

Among the surprises at the General Assembly’s recent wrap-up session was this: After failing during the regular session to agree on greatly needed funding for Interstate 81…

 

Michael W. Woods
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