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TSS Today's Clips-Friday, May 10

Friday, May 10, 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.

 

Hershey’s $104M expansion in Augusta will create 65 jobs

Gov. Ralph Northam and a host of local and state dignitaries made a sweet announcement in Augusta County. On Thursday, The Hershey Co. announced a $104 million expansion of its Stuarts Draft plant, which, the company says…

Culpeper County applies for $2.3 million USDA rural broadband grant

Culpeper County is exploring a venture into the federally-funded internet fiber business with the Board of Supervisor’s unanimous approval this week of a $2.3 million grant application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's brand new Rural E-Connectivity pilot program…

New process would keep money local

Dickenson County supervisors have approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the county commonwealth attorney’s office for a change in collections of delinquent court costs and fines…

What’s better: A coliseum replacement or a facelift?

Here’s the choice: Spend $25 million to $35 million to revitalize the 13,500-seat Richmond Coliseum or spend $220 million to replace it with a brand new 17,500-seat facility and add another $20 million to $30 million to revamp East Clay and East Leigh streets….

Virginia hospitals are increasing psychiatric beds, proposing more outpatient services

Hospitals in Virginia are adding nearly 200 psychiatric beds to relieve some of the pressure of having more patients than rooms to treat them, but hospital leaders on Thursday said more must be done to keep people from needing inpatient care…

Prince William County weighs $600M ballot questions

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors is considering a $400 million transportation bond and a $200 million parks bond that could go in front of voters in November…

Return of the Macker?

Terry McAuliffe toyed with a presidential bid for months only to bow out. But back in his adopted state of Virginia, it's assumed he’s going to run for a second term as governor. McAuliffe hasn't decided, though he doesn’t exactly discourage the speculation, either…

Wyatt campaign appeals panel’s vote to pick nominee in June 1 Firehouse primary

Scott Wyatt, the challenger in a heated GOP nomination fight with Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, is appealing a vote by the local legislative committee to pick the candidate in a June 1 firehouse primary…

Byron takes her balance billing concerns to the White House

She’s promising to keep on trying to find a way to end the practice, which can see patients hit for tens of thousands of dollars of bills because some doctors or other providers in the hospital they thought was in their health insurer’s network really wasn’t...

FTC leaves La. Appraisers Board defense Intact for now

The Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board will be able to argue that it made a good faith attempt to comply with federal law when a Federal Trade Commission challenge to its fee-setting rules goes to trial before an administrative law judge in September, according to a commission order made public Wednesday…

Bipartisan bill aims to deem Pharma tactics anti-competitive

Two techniques that lawmakers say brand-name pharmaceutical companies use to keep out generics companies could become enshrined in federal law as anti-competitive business practices if…

4th Circuit casts critical eye on Atlantic Coast permits

Judges for the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether to lift their stay of the Fish and Wildlife Service's biological opinion and incidental take statement — analyses related to the pipeline's impacts on rare species…

FERC critics gear up for round 2 in pipeline court battle

The lawsuit stems from FERC's final approval last year of Dominion Energy Transmission Inc.'s New Market Project, a relatively low-profile effort to upgrade natural gas infrastructure in the Empire State…

Coal miners appeal to McConnell to back a rescue of their pensions

A contingent of retired coal miners that has long been pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to back a fix for their soon-to-be insolvent pension fund, said Wednesday it had a positive meeting with the Kentucky Republican…

Maryland district turns to P3s to tackle $8.5B construction, maintenance backlog

Prince George’s County, Maryland, County Executive Angela Alsobrookssaid using a P3 model would save about $180 million by turning over duties to the private sector, and it would allow the county to…

After second ransomware attack in 14 months, Baltimore refuses to pay

The city is the latest government to be targeted by hackers and forced to decide whether to pay to restore vital public services….

33 State AGs ask Congress for Marijuana Banking Reform

Attorneys general from 33 states on Wednesday urged Congress to approve a proposal intended to fully open the doors of the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry…

As China builds transit cars for US cities, Congress seeks to ban them

The state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corp is building rail cars for some of America's biggest cities, prompting cybersecurity concerns and bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate..

Many hospitals charge double or even triple what Medicare would pay

Across the nation, hospitals treating patients with private health insurance were paid overall 2.4 times the Medicare rates in 2017, according to the RAND analysis. The difference was largest for outpatient care, where private prices were almost triple what Medicare would have paid….

SCC needs full report from Utility

They’ve got a point. Judges on the State Corporation Commission say Dominion Energy was less than transparent in recent dealings with the commission. But the utility outed itself …

Dominion’s latest ask: Higher profits

Dominion Energy Virginia is asking the State Corporation Commission to raise its guaranteed return on equity so that it can attract the $11 billion in capital the utility says its needs over the next three years for upgrades under the Grid Transformation and Security Act…

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

Direct: 804.697.2256 | Mobile: 804.339.0260
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