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Thursday, August 8, 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.

 

Slot-like machines are flourishing in Virginia despite legal debate

There are no vacancies on four gaming machines at Breakers Sports Bar & Grille in Henrico County on a recent Tuesday afternoon. Reels spin and faces gaze at screens as players hope to win big…

With signatures verified, Danville betting referendum clears another hurdle

Colonial Downs Group is one step closer to getting a pari-mutuel wagering question on Danville’s ballot in November. A recently filed petition to land on the November ballot a referendum on the issue has enough verified signatures to move the effort forward…

Redskins preseason game will mark the NFL’s latest step toward embracing gambling

In a first for the NFL, NBC Sports Washington will air an augmented broadcast with sports betting information, real-time statistics and a free “Predict the Game” contest on its NBC Sports Washington Plus channel during Thursday’s Redskins-Browns preseason opener…

Judge ok’s Contura’s bid for Blackjewel mines

Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura Energy received the green light from a federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday to move forward with buying three mines in Wyoming and West Virginia from bankrupt coal producer Blackjewel LLC…

$250K donation to help Blackjewel workers in Wise, Lee Counties

As the details of coal producer Blackjewel LLC’s bankruptcy continue to be sorted out in federal court, a foundation announced a $250,000 donation to help those in Wise and Lee counties affected by the closing…

EDA probe, litigation costs rises to potential $1.2 Million

Costs to uncover and litigate the alleged embezzlement at the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority have risen to over $1.2 million. After exiting a closed session Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors increased the cap on what it may have to pay…

Dominion plans to spend $33 Million on electric power battery storage projects in Richmond region

Dominion Energy Virginia announced Tuesday that it is planning to spend around $33 million to build four electric power battery storage projects at three sites in central Virginia. The pilot projects, totaling 16 megawatts, would be the utility’s first use of battery storage technology…

Dominion Energy seeks permit to demolish One James River Plaza office tower – just in case

Dominion Energy is seeking city permission to demolish its aging office tower at One James River Plaza in downtown Richmond, even though the company hasn’t decided whether to build a second tower next to the new one it’s just begun to occupy…

Groups hold public input meeting on Duke’s efforts to atone for 2014 coal ash spill

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality held a public meeting to gather comments about Duke Energy’s efforts to atone for the spill…

Stop-work order does not go far enough, Pipeline opponents say

A stop-work order on a 2-mile section of the Mountain Valley Pipeline doesn’t stop the widespread environmental problems along the remaining 301 miles of the project, opponents said Tuesday…

Henry County’s first solar farm could be built on 332 acres near Axton

A solar-panel farm proposed for approximately 332 acres near Axton, Henry County’s first such farm, could produce enough energy to power about 2,660 homes annually…

Planners give green light on another solar project

During the past few years, seven entities have applied for and received permits to operate utility-scale solar farms in Pittsylvania County. On Tuesday night, the Pittsylvania County Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend the eighth to the Board of Zoning Appeals…

Longtime Roanoke judge William Broadhurst will leave bench in March

After more than a quarter-century of hearing cases in the courtrooms of Virginia’s 23rd Circuit, Judge William Broadhurst has announced he will retire next year…

VA. Elections Board rejects GOP request for do-over in House District where Freitas filed late

Virginia’s State Board of Elections on Tuesday rejected Republicans’ attempt to get a candidate on the ballot in a legislative district where GOP officials failed to file paperwork by state-imposed deadlines. The decision leaves Republicans without a nominee in the district currently represented by Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper…

Judge dismisses charge against driver who hit Virginia State Senator

A reckless driving charge against a woman accused of hitting a state senator was dismissed Tuesday after the Hampton University police officer who took the report — who was recently fired over online postings — failed to show up in court. Sen. Mamie Locke also was not in the Hampton General District courtroom Tuesday for the scheduled trial…

School Board member, pastor ask judge to toss ballot initiative over Coliseum

A Richmond School Board member and a South Richmond pastor are seeking to quash a potential referendum that could stymie the $1.5 billion Coliseum redevelopment proposal. More than 14,000 people signed…

Democratic candidates for Richmond's Commonwealth's Attorney to face off in firehouse primary

Whoever wins will be the Richmond City Democratic Committee’s nominee in the special election scheduled simultaneously with the November general election to fulfill the remainder of Herring’s term, which ends in 2021. As of Tuesday, there were no challengers from outside the Democratic Party. The deadline to register as a candidate is Aug. 16…

A bank by any other name would be more popular

BB&T and SunTrust are getting some snickers directed at their new name, Truist, but manufacturing a business name is nearly always met with scorn initially, branding experts say…

ChamberRVA names president and CEO

The head of a chamber of commerce in Georgia has been named the new president and CEO of ChamberRVA. Brian Anderson takes on his new role at the regional business organization on Sept. 30. He will replace Kim Scheeler, who has been president and CEO of ChamberRVA since August 2008…

Vienna tech firm lands $22M contract to help build federal background check system

The Defense Information Systems Agency has tapped a Vienna small business contractor to help its ongoing work with the National Background Investigations System…

More LeClairRyan attorneys jump to Williams Mullen

A week after its co-founder and namesake left for a downtown rival, more local LeClairRyan attorneys have followed suit…

Job training, marketing and golf: Virginia has plans to draw more new businesses

If you’re a business thinking about a new plant or expansion, Virginia’s working on a deal for you — taking the worries about hiring and training the highly skilled workers off your shoulders. And, if you’re an executive thinking about new or expanded facilities…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

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