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TSS Today's Clips-Wednesday, May 8

Wednesday, May 8, 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.

 

Coalition of unlikely allies calls on state to break up utilities, deregulate energy

Nine organizations from across the ideological spectrum have formed an unlikely alliance to call for change in the way Virginians get their electricity, including breaking up the state’s monopoly utilities and letting customers choose their power providers. Former state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and…

Law to soon allow officials, developers to once again negotiate proffers

A new state law will again allow developers and localities like Albemarle County to negotiate during residential rezonings, if the developer chooses to do so…

Riverstone plays ball, ups proffers for ABC HQ relocation

After going multiple innings with Hanover County, a state agency appears to be rounding the bases in its efforts to relocate its operations to the Mechanicsville area — a move that could expedite a new baseball stadium in the city…

Federal authorities seek millions owed by coal companies affiliated with W.VA. Governor

Federal authorities have filed civil actions to collect millions owed by coal companies affiliated with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his children in Virginia and four other states for unpaid fines incurred by nearly 2,300 safety citations…

Attorneys argue sovereign immunity status of Native American Tribe’s loan business

Questions from federal appeals court judges on Tuesday suggested concern with a lower court ruling that a loan business owned by a small Native American tribe in Michigan did not enjoy the tribe’s sovereign immunity…

GO Virginia Council approves three grants

GO Virginia Region One’s Council approved grants totaling $210,000 Tuesday to help fund three diverse development projects…

Virginia to sign contract with private security firm to transport mental health patients, freeing up law enforcement

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services announced Tuesday that it will award the private security firm G4S a $7 million, two-year contract to provide transportation for the thousands of mental health patients each year who are involuntarily hospitalized…

'It's an embarrassment': Frustration swells over run-down hotel in Petersburg

The redevelopment project for the hotel has been delayed for months without planned renovations. Chris Harrison, the developer who owns the hotel located near the Bank Street exit on Interstate 95, said rising construction costs put the project on hold…

Virginia legislator to strike with Lyft drivers

Delegate Lee J. Carter represents Manassas City and part of Prince William County in the Virginia General Assembly. He’s the only Democratic Socialist member of the state legislature, and he says he supplements his $17,640 lawmaker salary by driving for Lyft…

Dance agrees to debate challenge, with a few suggestions

In a letter to her opponent, the senator suggests a local Democratic committee oversee the event, hold it at VSU. Dance is seeking her second term in the Senate. She was first elected in 2015…

Members of legislative panel in 97th tell State Elections officials Wyatt is not certified as nominee

In the latest battle of the GOP civil war in the 97th House District, Republicans supporting Del. Chris Peace will seek to remove Tom Miller, the Republican official who told the state Department of Elections that challenger Scott Wyatt won the nomination in a Saturday convention at Atlee High School…

Suffolk real estate agent is Democratic candidate seeking to unseat Del. Chris Jones

A key House district left up for grabs by January’s court-ordered redistricting will feature a fight between House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, and Suffolk-area real estate agent Clint Jenkins…

After scandals, Two new PACs form to fill the fundraising gap

Sen. Jennifer McClellan’s new political action committee isn’t for a gubernatorial run — at least not yet. The Richmond Democrat launched Virginia United this week with the goal of helping capture the General Assembly…

Researchers develop plastic that they are calling the 'Holy Grail' of recycling

Department of Energy’s scientists announced this week that they have designed a plastic that can be recycled over and over again…

This State has a bundle of ideas to lower drug prices

For Big Pharma, a lion’s den might seem more hospitable than the Maine legislature this year. Though many other states besides Maine are taking targeted actions, few if any are seeking to tackle the issue in such a comprehensive way…

HHS must 'unscramble the egg' on billions in drug cuts

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must swiftly "unscramble the egg" on billions of dollars in unlawful reimbursement cuts for drugs purchased through a special discount program for hospitals, a D.C. federal judge ruled Monday…

Creative thinking in Southwest Virginia

This will be an unfashionable statement in some quarters, we realize, but it is the truth: Some of the most creative thinking about building a new economy in rural Virginia is coming from the Republican state legislators who represent far Southwest Virginia…

Keyser: Rural Virginia’s engine of economic development

Virginia’s rural communities are at an economic crossroads. Faced with declining populations and no access to high speed internet, many of these communities are turning to their local electric cooperative to empower their future success, just as they did in the late 1930s with rural electrification…

Visualization: How legislators lost power to choose nominating method

The unprecedented Republican standoff in House District 97 has its roots in a lawsuit brought several years ago by Shenandoah County Republicans seeking to overturn a law that gave state lawmakers control over how parties pick nominees…

 

 

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