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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.

 

Broadband expansion of $7.9M in rural Virginia includes Bedford, Campbell, Appomattox Counties

Three local counties were among 14 in rural Virginia that on Thursday were awarded a total of $7,909,964 by the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Region Commission to expand broadband services...

Tobacco Commission approves student loan repayment program

The commission’s Talent Attraction Program will cut a check for $24,000 over two years to people willing to live in the tobacco region and work certain jobs. Participants can apply for an additional two years and receive another $24,000. For the health care jobs…

Dominion's projects could cost ratepayers $29 more per month by 2023

A list of projects Dominion Energy pitched to investors in March — but initially declined to tell state regulators about — could cost the average household an additional $29.37 per month by 2023…

Aperiomics taps Sterling for Corporate HQ

Biotech company Aperiomics has announced Loudoun County will serve as its new corporate headquarters. Aperiomics has the technology to identify every known…

Senators introduce bill to save Flatwoods Job Corps

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced legislation to save Job Corps sites across the country from closing, including Flatwoods in Southwest Virginia…

SCC seeks to stop surprise billing of hospital patients

The State Corporation Commission on Thursday began taking comments about a new rule that would strip the surprise out of balance billing. The proposed regulation would require hospitals to tell all but emergency patients if providers involved in their care will bill separately for charges beyond what their insurance pays...

Company challenges Virginia’s medical cannabis licensing process, accuses State Board of violating FOIA

A company that filed an appeal after it was denied one of Virginia’s five medical cannabis licenses, accusing the state board of making an unfair decision after a process cloaked in secrecy, will have its case heard Friday in Henrico County Circuit Court…

Colonial Downs launches referendum efforts, hopes to expand Rosie’s into Danville and Dumfries

After opening in New Kent in April, Colonial Downs Group now has its eyes on Danville and Dumfries as two future locations for Rosie’s Gaming Emporium. At Rosie’s, which recently opened in Vinton and will soon expand into Richmond and Hampton…

Virginia set to call for release of Metro’s Jack Evans ethics investigation

After Metro’s ethics investigation into board Chairman Jack Evans was quietly closed last month, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission Chairman Matt Letourneau is calling for the findings to be made public…

Supreme Court hears arguments in HHHunt-Henrico road dispute

A legal fight between Henrico County and one of its biggest residential developers has made its way to the state’s highest court…

Done with Dominion, some Dems spurn all corporate dollars

About two-thirds Democrats running in next week’s state primaries say they won’t take money from Dominion Energy, according to the activist group Activate Virginia. But at least half-dozen of that group are going a step farther and saying they won’t take any dollars from corporate donors…

In Senate bid, Del. Debra Rodman loses confidantes

Del. Debra Rodman, D-Henrico, upset a 17-year Republican incumbent in 2017 as a concerned citizen running for office. Del. John O’Bannon, the Republican she toppled, outspent her and she didn’t get much backing from the Democratic Party in her 894-vote win…

A left-leaning human rights lawyer is trying to take out a giant of VA. Democratic politics

At last month’s Memorial Day parade in Falls Church, Va., volunteers for Virginia Senate candidate Yasmine Taeb easily outnumbered those chanting for Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, the veteran lawmaker she aims to unseat in Tuesday’s Democratic primary…

10th District Dems sound the alarm at forum

In a joint appearance two weeks prior to the June 11 primary, the three Democrats who hope to replace Glen Sturtevant as representative of Virginia’s 10th Senate District spent most of a 90-minute candidate forum last Tuesday agreeing with each other and denouncing the Republican incumbent…

A Southwest Virginia primary streetfight mirrors Republican divisions statewide

Voters in Southwest Virginia’s open 4th House District will get a new delegate this fall, with a Republican contest that’s turned into a streetfight ahead of next week’s primary, and a Democratic candidate waiting in the wings…

Members of 97th Legislative District Committee rejects Wyatt’s appeal

A member of the 97th Legislative District Committee and a disputed member of that committee rejected an appeal of the committee’s decision to hold a party canvass in which Del. Chris Peace declared victory…

Amazon's satellite project will cost billions, Jeff Bezos says

In filings with the International Telecommunications Union, Amazon said it aimed to place 3,236 satellites into low Earth orbit, and use them to beam broadband internet connectivity across the globe…

What Hollywood boycotts would really do to Georgia

Production companies’ threats to abandon the state in protest of a new abortion law put their own workers at risk. Hollywood’s response might not be just too little, but also too late to matter. Although entertainment-industry protests have previously helped derail socially conservative legislation in Georgia, studios didn’t voice significant opposition to the new abortion law while it was being considered by the state legislature…

Takeaways from the High Court's Medicare ruling

Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision inAzar v. Allina Health Services,a case affecting all hospitals that care for Medicare-eligible patients, has potentially far-reaching implications for the government’s ability to change Medicare policy…

The $69 Billion questions from the CVS-Aetna judge

Across two days and six witnesses, the combative D.C. federal judge reviewing the U.S. Department of Justice deal clearing the CVS-Aetna merger asked many questions — some mundane, some probing — that shed light on what factors he'll consider before ruling on the $69 billion tie-up…

Bradshaw: Northam floats important warning for flood insurance

On Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a statement urging Virginians across the commonwealth to start preparing for hurricane season, which officially began June 1. With what…

A missed opportunity on Outer Connector

We'll never know what traffic in Fredericksburg would be like today if state and local officials had actually followed through on plans to meet the region’s future transportation needs when they had the chance…

Waugh: I-81 needs federal funding to complement State investment

Thursday, May 23, marked Virginia’s inaugural “Celebrate Transportation Day,” and this year we have much to celebrate, though the job is not yet finished…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
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