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TSS Today's Clips-Tuesday, May 7

Tuesday, May 7, 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.

 

Merck plans $1 Billion expansion

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam visited Elkton on Monday afternoon to announce that global health care leader Merck & Co. plans to invest $1 billion in stages over the next three years to expand its manufacturing operations…

Virginia following legal debate that could threaten Interstate Lottery Games

A new interpretation of a federal law by the U.S. Department of Justice could mean some nationwide games offered by the Virginia Lottery would have to stop, cutting off about 15 percent of the agency’s annual sales…

ACLU sues to end solitary confinement at two maximum-security prisons in VA.

A federal class-action lawsuit filed Monday is seeking to end solitary confinement at two maximum-security prisons in Virginia, claiming inmates have suffered PTSD, weight loss and hallucinations while spending up to nearly 24 years in isolation…

Virginia Attorney General urges FCC to take action against robocalls, spoofing

Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring joined 41 other attorneys general in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take further action to stop illegal robocalls and spoofing…

Enrollment in Obamacare individual marketplace down as premiums climb

Fewer Virginians are buying health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace for individuals as premiums have continued to increase, and even more people are expected to leave the marketplace as they have become eligible for…

Prosecutor accuses one person of election fraud, clears former Rep. Scott Taylor in signature scheme

A special prosecutor has filed two charges of election fraud against one person connected to the campaign of former U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.), but said Taylor himself appeared to have broken no laws in a fraudulent ballot-signature scheme…

Miller tells VA. Elections officials Wyatt is GOP nominee; Peace says vote is June 1

As Virginia Republican leaders continue to debate the nomination fight between Del. Chris Peace of Hanover and county Supervisor Scott Wyatt, state elections officials confirmed they received official word from the head of a local party committee that Wyatt will be the nominee…

VA. State Sen. McClellan launches PAC — possibly signaling a bid for Governor

State Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan has launched a new political action committee intended to help Democrats win control of the state House and Senate in the fall — and perhaps advance her own chances in a potential bid for statewide office in 2021…

Democrat is contested State Senate primary makes support for Northam an issue

As Democrats continue to figure out how they should associate with embattled Gov. Ralph Northam, one of them has made her decision. Kim Howard, a Democratic candidate for state Senate in Virginia Beach, is with him. And…

Shields seeking redemption in second 18th District bid

The Democratic candidate for the 18th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates hopes his second campaign for the job will produce a different result…

Tech faces tough choices on Rural Broadband

Telecom and consumer groups are preparing to make a major push for including billions of dollars for rural broadband funding in any infrastructure deal, even as lawmakers and advocates struggle with tough questions ahead…

Study: It’s past time the D.C. region transform its bus network

Recommendations would help transform the region’s bus network into one that is centered around customers’ needs, is financially sustainable and embraces innovation and technology…

Alexa and Siri have been eavesdropping on you, our tech columnist writes — and Amazon and Apple should stop keeping the recordings

Across the increasingly connected home, there’s a brazen data grab going on, Fowler writes, and there are few regulations, watchdogs or common-sense practices to keep it in check…

Small-Business Owners upbeat; uncertain on impact of Tax Law

U.S. small-business owners are largely positive about their financial situations according to the latest Well Fargo/Gallup Small Business Survey conducted April 1-5, 2019. Seven in 10 owners describe themselves as "more optimistic than pessimistic" about the…

More states take a gamble on sports betting. Will it pay off?

With a majority of states this year debating legalizing sports betting, the focus has been on the potential to make money. Some states are seeing less reward than they expected, while the risks remain real…

BioScrip to pay $1M to end probe into unauthorized refills

Colorado-based BioScrip Pharmacy will pay $1 million to settle claims it improperly billed Massachusetts' Medicaid program by automatically refilling unauthorized prescriptions that were not specifically requested by patients, state Attorney General Maura Healey said Monday…

NCTA says its Broadband mapping plan is quickest

Television and internet trade group NCTA on Friday hit back against a coalition of industry groups that called its plan to revamp the country’s debilitated broadband service map overly vague, telling the Federal Communications Commission that its proposal actually offers the fastest solution…

Remaining CBD hurdles for food and drink manufacturers

Despite market interest in cannabidiol-infused food and beverages, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have both been clear that CBD remains a prohibited ingredient…

A war is brewing over lithium mining at the edge of Death Valley

Recently, the Australia-based firm Battery Mineral Resources Ltd. asked the federal government for permission to drill four exploratory wells to see if the hot, salty brine beneath the valley floor contains economically viable concentrations of lithium. The soft, silvery-white metal is a key component of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and is crucial to the production of electric and hybrid vehicles….

Kennedy: Virginia’s airports are the gateway to a strong economy

We are fortunate to call Southwest Virginia our home. The people, communities and our natural resources are the envy of the Commonwealth; and each year more and more companies are locating here — bringing new opportunities and jobs…

Barrille and Snead: Time to rein in the middle man who is driving up the cost of prescriptions

A little known, but hugely impactful, industry that significantly drives up the cost of prescription drugs in Virginia took center stage earlier this month as part of congressional hearings in Washington, D.C., looking into the role of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs)…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
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