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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.

 

Sweet Briar bond ratings continue upward trend

Bond ratings for Sweet Briar College have increased for the third year in a row, the college reported Monday, continuing on a positive financial outlook trend since it nearly closed four years ago...

High stakes for JLARC as it takes on 'robust' work plan, including gambling study, before next General Assembly session

The 14-member legislative commission approved a work plan Monday that includes the first studies of the attorney general's and inspector general's offices and hard looks at Virginia's game department and restructured information technology system…

State auditor faults operations at three State Public Safety Agencies

A trio of Virginia public safety agencies took a beating in front of a state legislative commission on Monday for audit findings that left legislators fuming….

Where’s all that Interstate 81 money going?

The new plan will produce $826.8 million just for I-81 over the next six years, according to a presentation by Deputy Secretary of Transportation Nick Donohue to the Commonwealth Transportation Board on April 9. How that money gets spent will be determined by the Interstate 81 Committee, which consists of 15 state and local elected officials along the I-81 corridor…

VDOT proposing I-81 frontage road between Bristol and Abingdon

The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking public input on a proposal to connect roadways running parallel to Interstate 81 between Bristol and Abingdon. The agency will host a public hearing from 5-7 tonight at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center seeking response to a proposed “frontage road,” primarily for local travelers…

More help for Northern Virginia commuters in revised funding plan

After complaints from some parts of the D.C. region, a revised funding plan revealed Tuesday includes several more road projects in Northern Virginia and elsewhere across the state. The adjusted plan…

Mountain Valley agrees to pay $266,000 for pollution problems in W.VA

Developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline have agreed to pay a fine of nearly $266,000 for violating environmental regulations in West Virginia. The agreement, outlined in a consent order from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, marks the first…

Virginia Lottery launches mobile gaming

For many people, it’s hard to take their eyes off their smartphones, so the Virginia Lottery adapted. Customers can now play a variety of games through MobilePlay on the agency’s mobile app. The games launched this month…

Commission identifies gaming study consultant

Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on Monday named the private consulting firm that will assist in its review of gaming regulations nationwide. Meeting in Richmond, the commission identified The Innovation Group…

A sure bet on addiction?

A study shows those living within 10 miles of a casino have twice the rate of gambling problems. But a group, funded by the casino industry, disputes the data...

Department of Elections will hire more people in response to audit report

The Department of Elections will hire six new employees this summer, a move that will address some of the problems identified in an audit last year, officials said…

Two Arlington lawmakers attacked by challengers over ethics

Virginia Sen. Barbara A. Favola and Del. Alfonso H. Lopez have been stalwarts of the Northern Virginia Democratic delegation since 2012, dependable liberal voices in a General Assembly controlled by Republicans…

VA. Del Carroll Foy launches PAC, becoming second woman to signal possible statewide run

Del. Jennifer D. Carroll Foy (D-Prince William) is launching a political action committee to help other Democrats get elected around Virginia, becoming the second woman in the legislature to do so as a possible step toward running for statewide office...

Portsmouth Democrats set caucus for Del. James’ seat

A caucus will be held to pick Del. Matthew James’ replacement as Democratic nominee for the 80th House District, party officials said Monday. James, who officially withdrew from the running as a candidate on Friday, will take a job in the state’s general services department focusing on economic development…

There are more questions than answers in 97th race

A week after a group of Hanover County Republicans met and selected what they thought was the 97th District Republican nominee for a House of Delegates seat currently held by Chris Peace, it’s looking less likely that result is definitive as both camps scramble to solidify their claims on the title…

Despite missteps, high-speed rail lines in 3 States point to progress

The efforts to add passenger rail service between major cities in California, Florida and Texas are all following different tracks, but each claims major milestones are within their reach…

'Medicare for All'? How about 'Medicaid for More'?

On Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the nation's first "public option" health insurance bill. Other states aren't far behind…

In first veto, Florida Governor allows local governments to ban plastic straws

Gov. Ron DeSantis flexed his veto power for the first time Friday night, declining to sign an environmental bill that would have prohibited local governments from banning plastic straws for the next five years…

Pennsylvania attorney general sues Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) on Tuesday sued OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma, accusing the drugmaker offueling the opioid epidemic…

Arkansas state broadband plan revealed by Governor Hutchinson

Governor Asa Hutchinson today released the Arkansas State Broadband Plan, which sets a goal to deploy high-speed broadband to all Arkansas communities with more than 500 residents by 2022…

Duval: Free trade and economic competitiveness

Virginia is home to a business community known for creating jobs and economic opportunities across a diverse range of industries…

State, localities seek balance on proffers

A modification to the state’s proffers law will benefit a wide range of constituent groups: local residents, local governments and developers. Meanwhile, the up-and-down path of proffers legislation in Virginia also illustrates…

Dealing from a stacked deck on Virginia transportation projects

Sitting in traffic is a low point in most people’s days. Discovering that Virginia’s transportation funding is stacked heavily against drivers adds insult to injury. The Virginia Smart Scale system is supposed to identify projects for funding based on bang for the buck, but the Northam administration’s…

 

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