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TSS Today's Clips-Wednesday, May 22

Wednesday, May 22, 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.

 

EVMS probe could not determine whether Northam was in racist photo, but school knew about it for years

Lawyers hired to investigate racist content in Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbooks could not definitively say whether Gov. Ralph Northam appeared in the infamous blackface and KKK picture in the 1984 edition…

Still no word from Supreme Court as Virginia primary nears

It’s been over two months since the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a redistricting case that could affect Virginia’s legislative maps in the upcoming June 11 primaries. Followers of the case say the court’s slow response suggests that new maps favored by Democrats are likely to survive through this November’s elections…

Northam talked priorities with officials from 16 Virginia cities in session closed at their request

Gov. Ralph Northam sat down last week with 45 elected officials and top administrators from 16 cities across Virginia to talk about some of the weightiest issues facing municipalities with pressing urban problems and limited resources to solve them…

Many Medicaid expansion patients have diabetes, cancer, addiction, new data shows

More than 280,000 people have signed up for Medicaid now that Virginia has expanded the program, and the state is starting to get a clearer picture of what sort of illnesses the new enrollees are dealing with…

Airline founder hit with fraud indictment

The former CEO of the defunct airline People Express, which briefly operated thanks to $4.5 million in secret financing from the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, has been indicted on 18 charges of fraud and tax evasion…

GRTC considering new anti-fare evasion marketing campaign

GRTC officials aren’t sure exactly how many people are cheating the Pulse’s fare payment system to ride the bus for free, but they are considering putting up signs to discourage scofflaws…

Trump taps VA. firebrand for czar on immigration

The Trump administration will hire conservative firebrand and former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli II to coordinate immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security, three administration officials said Tuesday…

Richmond public schools inflated its graduation rate, which was already lowest in state

Rubber-stamping student work. Choosing to use an alternative test instead of giving students the common state test. Putting students on individualized education programs to circumvent state graduation requirements…

Economists: Defense will grow region’s economy

Defense spending will spur economic growth in Hampton Roads, but uncertainty in Washington will be a major concern, a local economist said Tuesday…

Attorney General’s office hasn’t yet weighed in on whether Tourism Council is public body

The attorney general has yet to weigh in on whether the Tourism Council is a public body, and as such subject to open meeting requirements and fulfillment of information requests by the public…

County Board approves transportation funding for projects near Amazon HQ2

The Arlington County Board voted to fund several transportation projects this weekend that officials had used to woo Amazon during the tech giant’s search for its second headquarters…

VCU looks at options – with or without baseball stadium – for athletics village on ABC property

Virginia Commonwealth University is making plans — with or without a new baseball stadium with the Richmond Flying Squirrels — for turning 20 acres of state land into a “VCU Athletics Village” that would include…

Relocation plan approved for graves in White Oak tech park

A plan to relocate and consolidate gravesites in White Oak Technology Park has found consensus with family descendants, allowing Henrico County to start a delicate process to free up more land there for economic development…

1st Congressional District committee votes to uphold Wyatt’s appeal

The GOP 1st Congressional District Committee voted Monday to uphold an appeal filed by Hanover Supervisor Scott Wyatt against the 97th Legislative District Committee’s decision to hold a party canvass…

Study finds CBD can help treat opioid addiction

A new study released Tuesday finds that cannabidiol (CBD) could be an answer for medical professionals looking to treat the epidemic of opioid addiction ravaging the country...

Whole Foods to stop offering plastic straws

The move marks the first time a national grocery chain has taken the step to ditch plastic straws. It also comes more than 10 years after the company stopped offering disposable plastic bags for customers…

EPA Chief orders review of cost-benefit analysis methods

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler has directed the agency’s offices governing water, land and air quality to put together plans to reform the process of evaluating the costs and benefits of new regulations…

Stickler: Administration is protecting the environment

Protection of the environment and natural resources that define our country is one of the most pressing priorities facing our federal and state governments, and under Gov. Ralph S. Northam, Virginia is leading the way…

Level the playing field in VA. Beach contracting

The Virginia Beach City Council in October received preliminary findings from the consulting firm hired to review municipal contracting, with an eye toward whether firms owned by minorities, women and veterans had equal footing to compete for those opportunities…

Szucs: Ending surprise medical bills means putting patients first

In early May, President Trump announced efforts to end the practice of surprise medical billing, saying “For too long, surprise billing … has left some patients with thousands of dollars of unexpected and unjustified charges for services they did not know anything about and sometimes services they didn’t have any information on.”…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
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