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TSS Today's Clips-Thursday, May 16

Thursday, May 16, 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.

 

With April boost, state revenues on track to meet budget forecast

Virginia was counting on a big boost in revenues in April to meet its budget obligations, and the state got it. Total state revenues rose 27.4 percent last month — an increase of $569 million over the previous April…

Grayson County poised for a Broadband expansion via new state law

About 75 percent of the people in Grayson County lack access to quality broadband. Even for some connected to broadband, their internet speed is so slow that people in the rural county jokingly describe it as “advanced dial-up.”…

Hospital safety report: Virginia ranks second best in nation; VCU, Southside Regional lag with C grade

Virginia has the second-highest rate of hospitals with an A rating for patient safety in the nation, including seven hospitals in the Richmond region, according to new ratings released Wednesday by The Leapfrog Group, a not-for-profit hospital watchdog organization…

Carilion announces $300M expansion in Roanoke

Carilion Clinic on Wednesday announced a $300 million expansion to Roanoke Memorial Hospital that includes a new tower to care for emergency and heart patients, a new behavioral health hospital…

Amazon, JBG Smith reveal development plans for HQ2

There don't appear to be any spheres or other iconic architectural statements, not even the company's familiar logo, but Amazon and its development team submitted plans Wednesday for the first new buildings…

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation still looking for search firm to find Emerson's successor

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is still seeking a search firm to help find a successor to its long-tenured executive director Philip Emerson…

Virginia agrees to let Arlington rename Jefferson Davis Highway

Almost 100 years after Confederate sympathizers named a major Virginia road after the president of their lost cause, Arlington County won approval from a state transportation board to rename Jefferson Davis Highway…

Richmond hired its top Administrator’s daughter. She makes more than 127 others with the same title

The daughter of Richmond Chief Administrative Officer Selena Cuffee-Glenn was hired in March by the city for a job that was never publicly listed…

Williams Mullen, Woods Rogers lure more lawyers from LeClairRyan

At least four lawyers left the local ranks of LeClairRyan in the last month, adding to a string of departures from the firm that’s continued since last year at several of its offices nationwide…

County strikes agreement to replace aging billboards

Seeking to thin out Chesterfield’s herd of aging, dilapidated billboards and significantly improve the appearance of those left standing, local officials concluded they couldn’t do much without the cooperation of the county’s dominant outdoor advertising entity…

Short-term home rental regs rile operators

Property owners wary of proposed city rules that would restrict or allow, depending on one’s perspective, short-term rentals of residential properties in Richmond are airing their concerns and frustrations to city officials ahead of a presentation to City Council later this year…

Without Democrats, incumbent calls debate ‘non-starter’

Calling Democrats “my family,” state Sen. Rosalyn R. Dance says if her primary challenger does not back off on his demand that the Democratic party stay out of any debate between the two of them, then she will not take part…

Some Henrico Democrats have questions about candidate for sheriff who signed GOP loyalty pledge

After signing a Republican loyalty pledge this year, Henrico County sheriff candidate Alisa Gregory’s turn to the Democratic Party earlier this year has led Democratic activists to question her decision to change her party affiliation…

Rural broadband closer to becoming reality

The Missouri Legislature has taken another step toward making broadband internet accessible to all Missourians. In early May, the legislature finalized the annual state budget, which included a $5 million appropriation for the newly-created Rural Broadband Development Fund…

Bipartisan senators unveil measure to end surprise medical bills

A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday introduced legislation to protect patients from massive, unexpected medical bills, as momentum grows around the issue…

Landmark Maryland education bill to become law without Hogan’s signature

Governor raises “significant reservations” about the bill but also agrees to release $255million in education funding…

More CEOs were forced out for ethical lapses in 2018 than poor financial performance

As boards clamped down on misconduct in the #MeToo era and placed greater scrutiny on executive behavior, more CEOs were pushed out for ethical lapses than for poor financial performance or struggles with their board…

Federal judge orders FDA to start regulating e-cigarettes

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed up its reviews of thousands of electronic cigarettes currently on the market, siding with public health groups that sued the agency…

North Carolina sues e-cigarette maker Juul over marketing

North Carolina's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the maker of a popular e-cigarette maker, asking a court to limit what flavors it can sell and ensure underage teens can't buy it…

Streaming sites nix need for cable access rules, GC says

The Federal Communications Commission is nearing a vote to scrap regulations that reserved space for unaffiliated programmers in cable channel lineups, the FCC's general counsel said Wednesday, citing streaming services and online outlets that have supposedly made the rules obsolete…

Schapiro: Maybe VA. Democrats shouldn’t get their hopes up

For Virginia Democrats, taking back the legislature is easier said than done. The paths to Democratic majorities in the House of Delegates and Virginia Senate are different, with the former tougher than the latter…

No easy days ahead for JLARC

Virginia has long enjoyed a national reputation as one of the country’s best-run states. A well-managed, almost corruption-free state government is one of the reasons for that standing. Another reason…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

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