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TSS Today's Clips-Tuesday, October 8

Tuesday, October 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.

 

'Bad to worse' – Legislators dismayed by report on VITA transition

A state agricultural field office lost telephone service for 27 days in the spring because of a technology problem that was supposed to be solved in four hours. A transportation district office employing 800 people has experienced 14 outages in its information technology network in the past year…

State IT Agency blasted for service gaps, delays

The state agency that handles Virginia’s computer and network needs lets service issues lie unresolved for too long and allows suppliers miss deadlines without penalty, a blistering report by the General Assembly’s watchdog says…

Supreme Court denies appeal of eminent domain for Mountain Valley Pipeline

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not hear an appeal from a group of Southwest Virginia landowners whose property was taken, before they were paid, for a controversial natural gas pipeline…

Dominion Energy considers large-scale solar project at Dulles Airport

Washington Dulles International Airport is being considered by Dominion Energy Virginia and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority as the future home of a large-scale solar energy project…

$6M in grants to expand broadband in SW VA.

Two Southwest Virginia counties are slated to receive $6 million in federal funds to expand high-speed internet access. iGo Technology Inc. in Buchanan County and the Scott County Telephone Cooperative will each receive $3 million grants…

Danville Planning Commission postpones more than a dozen gaming items

The Danville Planning Commission postponed more than a dozen requests from store owners seeking special use permits to operate skilled-gaming machines. Most of the requests already had been postponed from…

Eagle Aviation Technologies expanding in Virginia

Eagle Aviation Technologies, LLC, an industry leader in composites design and fabrication, will invest $207,500 to expand its manufacturing facility in the City of Newport News…

Governor dedicates new State park

There were 24 state forests located throughout Virginia, and on Monday, the headcount was officially raised to 25 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Virginia’s state forests…

Competitive Senate race spends over $1 million in media ads

A competitive race in District 12 — covering Henrico and Hanover counties — has become the first Senate race in Virginia to spend over $1 million in broadcast TV ads. Democratic candidate Del. Debra Rodman is running against Republican incumbent Siobhan Dunnavant…

Early CarMax employee named to the chain's board of directors

Mark O'Neil, who initially turned down a job offer to work at the company a year before it opened its first store, served in various roles at CarMax until 2000, including as vice president from 1997 to 2000…

Wegmans to stop using plastic bags at Richmond-area stores; will charge for paper bags

The Rochester, N.Y.-based grocery chain said it will stop using plastic bags for customers only at its two stores in Henrico and Chesterfield counties starting Oct. 21. The stores will still offer paper bags, but they will cost 5 cents per bag…

EDA adds seven defendants, $4 million to civil lawsuit

Seven new defendants and $4 million were added Friday to the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority's civil lawsuit that alleges a series of embezzlements and financial misappropriations during the tenure of Jennifer McDonald, the authority's former executive director…

Lowering out-of-pocket health costs isn't easy. States have tried.

The Lower Health Care Costs Act, introduced in June, is an almost 200-page piece of legislationthat seeks to prevent surprise medical bills, lower prescription drug prices and force hospitals to be more transparent about what they bill insurance companies….

5 health care battles to watch in Supreme Court's new term

As the U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its new term Monday, the justices are poised to take on health care cases involving some of the most controversial policy issues in the country, including abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act…

Ohio halts Bitcoin tax payments amid procedure concerns

Ohio's state treasurer has suspended a website that allows businesses to pay certain state taxes in cryptocurrency, saying the state might not have followed the proper procedure in setting up the system without soliciting bids from different payment processors…

High Court stays out of W.Va. judicial impeachment row

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a decision by West Virginia's highest court that halted impeachment proceedings by lawmakers against the state's then-chief justice and effectively blocked similar cases against two other justices…

HP’s ink business used to print money. Now it’s running dry

HP's printer and ink business used to gush money. Those days may be over. The company announced a major restructuring at its 2019 securities analyst meeting on Thursday…

Nine days on the road. Average commute time reached a new record last year.

Rising commute times reflect the challenges of life in many metropolitan areas where new housing isn’t being built fast enough. As a result, many workers are forced out to far-flung suburbs and exurban areas in search of affordable homes…

Did FreightCar America move Roanoke jobs to Mexico? No, but here’s what it did do.

Well, that didn’t take long. On July 22, FreightCar America announced that it would close its Roanoke operation. On Sept. 19, the company announced it had formed a joint venture with a Mexican company to produce railcars in Castaños, Mexico…

Jones and Aird: For businesses and residents alike, Virginia must reform its energy economy

For the second time this decade, Virginia earned the distinction of “America’s Top State for Business,” thanks largely to the fact that our commonwealth leads the country in the quality of its workforce and education system…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

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