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TSS Today's Clips-Tuesday, June 11

Tuesday, June 11, 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.

 

Virginians vote Tuesday in primary elections that highlight tensions within parties

Nominating contests come in a pivotal election year, with control of the legislature at stake…

Northam recommends $4.9 Million in Appalachian Regional Commission grants

Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday he is recommending nearly $5 million in Appalachian Regional Commission grants. The $4.9 million in recommendations are spread between 20 projects in the Appalachian region of Virginia…

Construction begins on 10-mile extension ofI-95 toll lanes to Fredericksburg

Virginia’s high­-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes continue to expand in the Interstate 95 corridor. Construction kicked off last week along a 10-mile stretch of I-95 in Northern Virginia…

Former EDA Director again denied bond as alleged embezzlement increases by $4 Million

The amount of money Jennifer McDonald, former Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority executive director, allegedly helped embezzle from the authority has increased from $17.6 million to $21 million, according to Circuit Court Judge Clay Athey…

Richmond names new economic development director

Richmond has named a new economic development director, but he’s no stranger to the state’s business community. The city announced Monday that Leonard Sledge has been hired as director of economic development. Sledge has more than 13 years of experience in the field…

Virginia tourism industry reports revenue increase in 2018

Virginia’s tourism industry generated $26 billion in visitor spending across all communities in 2018, a 4.4% increase over 2017. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that the tourism industry also provided $1.8 billion in state and local revenue in 2018. That’s an increase of 2.9% compared to the previous year…

An election day that will bring new leaders to Fairfax County

On Tuesday, Democratic voters in Fairfax County will weigh in on issues ranging from affordable housing to crowded schools to public safety during local primary elections that will create new leaders in Virginia’s most populous jurisdiction…

The prosecutor’s race making Arlington interesting

One sign that this era of agitated civic life is not merely a reflection of Donald Trump or Twitter is that the agitation has penetrated, of all places, into Arlington County, Virginia. In normal times…

Two local GOP primaries on tap for today’s election

Two seats in the Virginia House of Delegates will be up for grabs with only one incumbent on the ballot. Del. Israel O’Quinn, 39, of Bristol, will seek his fifth term representing the 5th District but faces challenger Michael Osborne…

Harrisonburg Democrats pick their 26th District nominee today

After today’s primary, it will be either Cathy Copeland or Brent Finnegan as the Democratic challenger to Republican Del. Tony Wilt in the 26th House of Delegates District…

Joyce to challenge Brewer in the 64th House District

Longtime Jefferson Lab computer scientist Michele Joyce is challenging Del. Emily Brewer, R-Suffolk, for the 64th House of Delegates district in the November election…

Michael Bloomberg promises $500 Million to help end coal

Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said on Friday he would donate $500 million to a new campaign to close every coal-fired power plant in the United States and halt the growth of natural gas…

Express Scripts leans on BCBS ruling in 2nd Circ. battle

The Sixth Circuit's recent dismissal of a disability discrimination case against BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee supports Express Scripts' position that it can't be accused of discrimination for allegedly setting high prices, the pharmacy benefit manager told the Second Circuit…

NY Gaming Panel oks regs for Sports Betting at Casinos

The New York State Gaming Commission on Monday approved new regulations to allow in-person sports betting at the state's four licensed commercial casinos, making New York the 14th state to do so as state lawmakers mull bills to expand it further…

Murray Energy says W.Va. County can't regulate coal ops

A West Virginia county is improperly attempting to regulate water quality and impose fines on the company’s coal mining operations, a Murray Energy Corp. entity told a federal court Friday, arguing state and federal laws preempt a new local ordinance…

Canada plans to ban 'harmful' single-use plastics by 2021

From plastic bags to straws, single-use plastic products have worn out their welcome in Canada. Today, the Canadian government announced that it plans to “ban harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021” in an effort to reduce the 3 million tons of plastic waste tossed out by the country every year…

South Carolina seeks Trump admin permission for Medicaid work requirements

The state on Monday formally submitted a request to require Medicaid recipients to work, be enrolled in job training or be in school an average of 80 hours a month…

Monroe County, Ind., offers tax incentives to attract Broadband

Broadband providers looking to expand services in northern Monroe County, Ind., can now seek a tax exemption to help defray some costs if their project takes place within a certain designated area…

Tesla, facing setbacks and skeptics, tries to get back on course

Elon Musk’s electric-car company began the year with high expectations. But it has confronted a series of problems and a loss of investor confidence...

Broderick and Neufeldt: Filling high-tech jobs requires paradigm shift in Higher Ed

The General Assembly passed legislation investing hundreds of millions of dollars in higher education to create enough graduates to fill the 25,000-plus jobs being created at Amazon’s new headquarters, along with Micron Technology and other high-tech firms that are sure to follow…

Uncertainty surrounds primary election

With its 2018-19 term winding down, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed down opinions in only three cases, meaning the court has yet to rule in 24 cases argued before justices end this year’s first session. Among those is…

 

 

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