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TSS Today's Clips-Monday, May 6

Monday, May 6, 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 launches search for new Diversity Officer

Gov. Ralph Northam kicked off a search Friday for a new senior-level official to promote diversity and inclusion within state government, according to a job posting the administration circulated Friday…

Portsmouth Del. Matthew James steps down to take State Economic Development post

Democratic legislator Matthew James will stop representing the Portsmouth area in the state House of Delegates and take a high-level job in the executive branch. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday he appointed James to his economic development team…

Northam appoints GOP Sen. Wagner to be Deputy Lottery Director

Continuing a tradition of lawmakers transitioning into pension-fattening state jobs, Gov. Ralph Northam appointed state Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach — one of four Republican senators who helped Democrats pass Medicaid expansion in 2018 — as deputy director of the Virginia Lottery…

Wyatt says he’s the GOP nominee in the 97th following disputed balloting at Atlee High

Hanover County Supervisor Scott Wyatt declared himself the GOP nominee in the 97th House District on Saturday after he overwhelmingly prevailed in the voting of more than 450 delegates gathered at Atlee High School. The nomination remains in dispute however, as…

Morrissey wants to debate Dance before the16th Senate primary

The challenger for the 16th Senate District’s Democratic nomination has requested a debate with the incumbent to “highlight the respective differences” between the campaigns and has suggested holding it in the incumbent’s “backyard” of Petersburg…

Kentucky broadband deal expands Shentel's footprint

The recent acquisition of a small broadband company is another step in the growth of Shenandoah Telecommunications Co. (Shentel)…

Study finds Jefferson Lab has a national economic impact

The study, commissioned by the Southeastern Universities Research Association, found that the laboratory generated $556.9 million in national economic impact last year, providing income for 3,448 workers. “We provided 2,240 jobs in Virginia. We are a lab of 700 people so that’s phenomenal…

Arlington officials' emails, texts show close coordination with developer, Amazon

Arlington County officials made every effort to smooth the way for Amazon’s arrival in Northern Virginia, newly released emails and text messages show, including giving company representatives an advance copy of questions they planned to ask at a public hearing on the major economic development deal…

Could hemp join tobacco as a big cash crop in Virginia?

Officials at the Southern Virginia Hemp Co., as well as other farmers and processors of the plant, say hemp could be a big boost to the state’s agricultural sector as demand for tobacco wanes…

Pulaski County begins process of funding ACCE

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors voted this past week to commit up to $100,000 to a program that allows some high school graduates to attend New River Community College tuition-free…

Danville faith leaders oppose casino in city

Local church leaders are not thrilled with the possibility of Danville taking a gamble on luring in a casino. Most ministers who talked to Danville Register & Bee are morally opposed to the idea, saying a betting establishment will…

VCU’s next big project: $121M STEM building

The school would raze the old Franklin Street Gym to make way for a six-story, 168,000-square-foot science, technology, engineering and math building….

Cap and Trade fails in Va. Now what?

It was supposed to be a crowning moment for cap and trade. Instead, it became the biggest setback for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative since 2012, when then-Gov. Chris Christie (R) pulled New Jersey from the nine-state cap-and-trade program….

Hundreds attend town hall to protest Hogan plan to add toll lanes to Beltway, I-270

More than 450 residents and activists packed a room at the Silver Spring Civic Building on Sunday to condemn what they said has been a rush by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) to move forward with his plan to build toll lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270…

Will Gov. Cooper veto the NC budget if Republicans don't include Medicaid expansion

The North Carolina House endorsed a state budget on Thursday and is expected to send it to the Senate Friday — but the plan is unlikely to meet Gov. Roy Cooper’s approval…

Health insurance deductibles soar, leaving Americans with unaffordable bills

Soaring deductibles and medical bills are pushing millions of American families to the breaking point, fueling an affordability crisis that is pulling in middle-class households with health insurance as well as the poor and uninsured…

NY lawmakers update Sports Betting Bill to include Tribes

A proposed New York State Senate bill that would legalize sports betting was amended Thursday to allow the tribes that have gambling compacts with the state to participate in mobile sports betting…

Microsoft asks FCC to open new TV White Space rulemaking

The Federal Communications Commission should kickstart a fresh proceeding to refine the guidelines for using vacant gaps of TV-band spectrum to power rural broadband, Microsoft said in a Friday rulemaking petition…

Schapiro: The political rehabilitation of Dr. Ralph

Gov. Ralph Northam’s Friday was distinguished by what wasn’t on his public schedule. That Northam’s day was bracketed by overtly political business speaks to his accelerating rehabilitation as the titular leader of state Democrats…

Williams: For Northam, racial reconciliation starts with action, not words

Criminal justice advocate Kemba Smith Pradia was lobbying at Capitol Square with fellow members of historically black Delta Sigma Theta Sorority when she spotted Gov. Ralph Northam, gave him a hug and joined her sorors in a group photo with Northam. Three days later, on Jan. 31, she greeted the governor at a McGuire Woods legislative reception…

Cox: Why did Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam veto a very good bill?

For legislators, the occasional veto comes with the territory. In most cases, those vetoes are a frustration, but they also are motivation to work harder during the next session. But Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) veto of Kathleen J. Murphy’s (D-Fairfax) House Bill 2402 is different. It’s a tragedy. It’s heartbreaking. And it’s wrong….



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