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Monday, August 12, 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.

 

'All it’s done is made me mad': Freitas announces write-in campaign after failing to make ballot

Virginia Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, has officially announced he will run a write-in campaign this fall after being denied access to the ballot due to late paperwork…

State regulations agency remains without permanent director after critical audit

The state agency that regulates professions like home inspectors and opticians has been without a permanent director for six months. A state audit last year said the acting director of the agency, who was then the deputy director, already had too much responsibility…

Cleared to leave Virginia’s overcrowded mental hospitals, patients have nowhere to go

Virginia’s psychiatric hospitals are dangerously full. Though considered safest when operating at 85 percent capacity, often nearly every single bed is taken. Yet at any given time…

Supervisors back ambitious broadband incentive plan

Fauquier’s board of supervisors Thursday agreed to pursue a two-pronged approach that would extend broadband internet service to rural areas of the county. After a 70-minute closed session Thursday afternoon…

Change in Stafford tax rate attracts distribution center developer

A Baltimore company expected to break ground soon on a nearly half-million-square-foot distribution center near Stafford Regional Airport is the first developer to take advantage of a new Stafford County tax rate on inventory…

As Danville continues riverfront park efforts, other cities credit waterway projects with spurring economic growth

Danville officials hope to build a riverfront park on about 4 acres at Main Street and Memorial Drive between the White Mill site and King Memorial Bridge…

Bringing the world to their doorstep

Technology and health care are shaping the Roanoke/New River Valley region's future. The research institute is also a marriage of the two largest forces driving the Roanoke and New River Valley region’s economy: health care and technology…

With $71M wagered in July, Richmond Rosie’s races past New Kent as top gambling spot

The casino-esque gambling parlor that opened in South Richmond last month took in almost as much money as Colonial Downs Group’s two other Rosie’s locations combined…

Health Wagon will provide free health care in Southwest Virginia this month

No-cost health care for people and animals will return to the Wise County Fairgrounds later this month thanks to a joint operation by the Health Wagon and the U.S. Department of Defense…

VACU vs. banks: Bankers protest local credit union’s expansion plan

Richmond’s biggest credit union is looking to get bigger and has drawn the ire of bankers from around the state. A group led by the Virginia Bankers Association and several small banks from around the commonwealth have pushed back against VACU’s application…

Bell’s Brewery distribution squabble could be headed to Richmond Circuit Court

“If we win this, we’re going to blow a hole in the Virginia franchise law,” said Bell’s founder Larry Bell. “It’s going to change the brewer-wholesaler relationship in the state of Virginia, and I think we have a decent shot.”…

EPA surpassing Trump's 2-For-1 Deregulatory goals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has far exceeded the Trump administration's goal of eliminating two regulations for every one that's created, rolling back 26 rules and promulgating only three in the past two years, the EPA's Office of Inspector General said Friday…

LeClairRyan beats ex-blood test exec's malpractice suit

A Virginia state court has thrown out a $603 million malpractice suit against LeClairRyan brought by the ex-CEO of defunct blood test company Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc., saying her case rested on arguments that had already been heard and rejected by another court…

Pentagon officials seek to depoliticize massive military cloud project

President Trump and three U.S. senators have lobbied newly confirmed Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper directly on the controversial JEDI cloud computing project that could be worth up to $10 billion…

How a state plans to turn coal country into coding country

Driven by a tech-industry vision of rural economic revival, Wyoming is requiring all of its K-12 public schools to offer computer science…

Shenk: Will rail expansion ease congestion on Interstate 95?

Trains, for instance, play a key role in the Fredericksburg-area corridor by carrying commuters who might otherwise be driving on Interstate 95…

Toll proposal must make sense

Planners must reconsider any proposal to place a toll lane entrance near the Lasalle exit on Interstate 64 Hampton Roads is moving in the right directions needed to maintain and upgrade its aging transportation infrastructure…

Six insights on region’s talent attraction problem

The coin of the realm in the new economy is who has the best-skilled workforce. A skilled workforce has always been important, of course, but it’s even more so now when jobs are more mobile…

Hope ahead for Interstates

While state transportation officials are digging into possible fixes for Interstate 95, a new committee soon will meet to do the same for Interstate 81. Both interstates are heavily congested — and highly dangerous for motorists…

Port expansion critical to regional, state economies

As much as economic developers here and in Richmond discuss the need to diversity the economy to promote stability and long-term growth, Hampton Roads continues to rely heavily on three areas of commerce for much of its prosperity: tourism, defense and the Port of Virginia...

Schapiro: Wild cards abound in legislative elections

The late John Daffron, a state Capitol reporter for The Associated Press, used to say — between drags on an unfiltered Pall Mall cigarette — that in Virginia politics, “There’s less than meets the eye.” In an earlier era…

 

 

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