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TSS Today's Clips-Monday, April 22

Monday, April 22, 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.

 

State Air Board recommends joining Regional Carbon Reduction Group; New members appointed by Northam take seats

A citizen board that regulates air pollution in Virginia voted Friday to enter a cooperative effort among states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Republican legislators are trying to block the move…

Federal Strike Force combatting opioids expanding into Virginia

The Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, a federal program that recently resulted in 60 arrests across multiple states, is expanding into Southwest Virginia…

Hanover officials pushing for $800,000 proffer from developer of prospective ABC HQ relocation project

The Hanover County Planning Commission voted Thursday to recommend approval of a rezoning change for a development project tied to the state’s liquor monopoly only if the developer pays an $800,000 cash proffer because a state-owned building exempt from taxes would create more traffic on an already congested road...

Norfolk will plan a whole new arena, won’t expand Scope, Mayor says

The much-discussed expansion of the Scope arena isn’t going ahead, Mayor Kenny Alexander said Friday, after expert analysis found that building out the 48-year-old downtown venue to add seating and event space wasn’t feasible. However…

Residents have mixed views on rolling the dice to bring casino to Danville

Reactions from Dan River Region residents who spoke to the Danville Register & Bee about a possible casino in the city were mixed. Most who spoke on the record expressed opposition…

$63 million Perimeter Road in works at Virginia Tech

A $63 million road project is being planned to link Southgate Drive and Prices Fork Road on the edge of Virginia Tech’s campus…

Planning commission split on Remington data center

The Fauquier County Planning Commission will take more time to review a proposed data center in Remington after hearing concerns about its location, size, water usage and noise, expressed during a public hearing Thursday night…

Virginia trails nation in placing foster children with relatives

Only 7% of Virginia’s foster children are placed with relatives, according to a new study — well below the national average of 32%. The Annie E. Casey Foundation tracked changes in foster care in each state from 2007 to 2017. For Virginia…

Fight over affordable housing

Amazon’s plan to hire 25,000 high-paid workers in Northern Virginia prompted a surge of interest in affordable housing and gentrification this year. Finding state money to address the issues, however…

War on Peace: Conservative faction tries to oust GOP incumbent over Medicaid expansion

As hundreds of Republicans gathered in a high school gym for an exercise in raw democracy, several people came down from the bleachers to ask Del. Chris Peace a question…

Several Loudoun County incumbents to see intra-party challenges in upcoming primaries

Seven nominees for elected office will be up for a vote in upcoming party primaries as the General Election draws closer. In arguably the marquee primary race…

Rockwool's planned W.Va. factory causing concern in Clarke County

Clarke County officials are having their natural resources planner find out how much Virginia environmental officials plan to keep their eyes on Rockwool’s stone wool insulation manufacturing plant, under construction in adjacent Jefferson County, before they consider taking a formal stance against it…

Report: 26 States now ban or restrict Community Broadband

A new report has found that 26 states now either restrict or outright prohibit towns and cities from building their own broadband networks. Quite often the laws are directly written by the telecom sector, and in some instances ban towns and cities from building their own broadband networks—even if the local ISP refuses to provide service….

Oklahoma Legislature approves ban on taxing plastic bags

The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a bill to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags and it will now proceed to the governor’s office. The measure aims to bar local governments from prohibiting or taxing “auxiliary containers” used for carrying groceries, carryout and other bought items…

Fla. Energy Choice ballot initiative attacked from all corners

A slew of major Florida interests that are rarely in harmony have lambasted a ballot initiative that purports to create a right to a competitive energy market but that opponents say will upend the energy market in the Sunshine State…

Ill. Gov signs bill to streamline wind farm zoning

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Friday that puts siting and other zoning authority for wind farms solely in the hands of municipalities and counties, which the bill's supporters claim will help clear the way for more wind project development throughout the state…

Whitmer nets GOP, business support for tuition-free programs

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is netting key support from the business community and some Republican lawmakers for her large-scale plans to provide debt-free tuition to high school graduates and older adults who want to learn new job skills...

For America's poorest communities, opportunity knocks

Under new tax rules, patient investors can now lift up distressed areas with new businesses over 10 years, reducing geographic inequality in the U.S….

Gibson: Where is Virginia’s political middle?

Where is the center of Virginia, and can it hold the Commonwealth together? America’s 12th largest state, the Old Dominion has geographic, population and political centers, all somewhat related and, at least occasionally, evolving…

Lyon-Hill, Alwang and McNab The false profits of economic impact: Beware the big number

Recently, Virginians have read about studies touting the potential monetary benefits of bringing casinos to the commonwealth. Under the guise of “data-driven decision-making,” these studies tend to promote development projects and shape political debates…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

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