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TSS Today's Clips Thursday, July 30, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020  
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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.

Virginia to send $644.6 million in federal aid to local governments in second round of relief

With Congress preparing to debate relaxing restrictions on emergency aid to state and local governments, Gov. Ralph Northam is sending almost $645 million in federal funds to localities to help them weather the coronavirus crisis and its economic repercussions…

Northam crashes Hampton Roads' parties to reverse surge in coronavirus cases

Last call for late-night partying in Hampton Roads is midnight Thursday. Starting Friday, sales of alcohol will be cut off at 10 p.m. at all restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries, under Gov. Ralph Northam’s latest executive order aimed at stopping the surge of coronavirus cases in Virginia Beach and neighboring communities…

Henry County to city: the goal is not reversion, but annexation

Officials in Martinsville and Henry County agree — the city is not broke. Opinions differ between the two governments on just about everything else relating to reversion. Late last year, the city council voted to file with the state a request for permission to revert from a city to a town….

Albemarle County Economic Development Authority Chair, other members resign over new financial disclosure mandates

Albemarle County will have to replace three members of its Economic Development Authority (EDA), including the chairman, after sudden resignations on July 21 in protest of a new financial disclosure mandate. The mandate was adopted as a result of a multi-million dollar embezzlement scandal in Warren County uncovered in 2019…

Danville taps firm to study how to best invest possible casino revenues

The city of Danville has hired a firm to conduct a study on how to invest new revenues from a casino development if one were to open here. PFM, a financial advisory firm based in Philadelphia, will begin conducting the $74,375 study within the next two weeks…

Committee to promote Bristol casino project

A committee has been formed to build support for the proposed Hard Rock Bristol Hotel and Casino, which appears on the ballot this fall. In the coming months, the committee will engage with residents to answer questions and provide information about the project, and work with business and civic leaders and organizations…

Dharma Pharmaceuticals approved to open medical marijuana shop in Abingdon

The Washington County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved Dharma Pharmaceuticals’ request to operate a new retail space for medical marijuana in Abingdon…

Busch Gardens Williamsburg expects to reopen in August

Busch Gardens Williamsburg plans to reopen early next month. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., the park's parent company, didn't provide details as to when the park would reopen…

Kings Dominion pumping brakes on reopening

As Busch Gardens Williamsburg plans to reopen in early August, Kings Dominion says it will remain closed for business – for now. Kings Dominion in Doswell still believes it’s not ‘economically viable’ to open the amusement park during the pandemic with guest restrictions in place…

Mountain Valley to receive new permit to cross Blue Ridge Parkway

The Mountain Valley Pipeline will be granted a new permit to cross the Blue Ridge Parkway, the first in a string of federal approvals needed before the natural gas pipeline can be completed…

Altria expands sales of heated-cigarette as revenue slides

Marlboro-maker Altria said Tuesday that cigarette sales continued to decline in its last quarter as the company pushed to expand sales of an alternative heated-tobacco product….

Stoney announces multimillion-dollar proposal to commemorate Shockoe Bottom slave trade

Mayor Levar Stoney on Tuesday announced he would propose a budget amendment to the Richmond City Council that, over a five-year period, would have the city invest between $25 million and $50 million to commemorate the complete story of slavery in Shockoe Bottom…

No college football would mean a $70 million hit to the Blacksburg economy

No football this fall could cost the Blacksburg area more than $70 million, according to the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. About $20 million of that comes directly from local businesses…

What happens to land acquired for canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline?

The bitterly fought Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been canceled, but the two major utilities behind it, Virginia-based Dominion Energy and North Carolina-based Duke Energy, still have not decided what to do about the land they gained control over for the project, in some cases through eminent domain….

Opposition voices prevalent at DEQ hearing

More than 40 speakers urged the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to deny the issuance of a Wetlands permit for a 217-acre site that recently was approved for a Wegmans’ Distribution Center…

Richard Traczyk seeking GOP nomination for 29th District House of Delegates seat

Richard Traczyk, a former Warren County Board of Supervisors chairman, has announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination to run for the 29th District House of Delegates seat recently vacated by Chris Collins…

Democrat enters HD29 Race

Local attorney Irina Khanin announced Wednesday that she is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 29th District seat in the House of Delegates. The seat was vacated by Republican Chris Collins…

Virginia’s Riggleman Says He’s Considering Bid for Governor

Virginia Republican Representative Denver Riggleman said he’s seriously considering running for governor, just weeks after his own party voted against giving him a second term in Congress. Riggleman said he may take what would be a long-shot run as a third-party candidate….

Lt. Gov. Fairfax files appeal after $400M libel suit against CBS tossed

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has filed an appeal to the 4th Circuit Court in Richmond after his $400 million libel suit against CBS was thrown out in February. Fairfax “continues to hold CBS accountable for recklessly airing and refusing to correct false, fabricated and politically motivated sexual assault allegations,”…

America is burning the least coal ever with virus sapping demand

Coal consumption in the U.S. has hit a record low as the pandemic slashes energy demand. Power plants burned just 27.4 million short tons of the fuel in April, a 27% decrease from the previous year and the lowest monthly level in Energy Information Data going back to 1973…

Northern Neck needs essential broadband

Broadband internet is essential. The struggle to make it universal is reminiscent of the effort to bring electricity to every home in the first half of the last century. The digital divide is a major impediment to those on the dark side of it…

Broadband access essential to rural communities

Virginia communities without reliable broadband Internet are at a distinct disadvantage and suffer in a number of ways. That’s not new. However, in the throes of a pandemic that shows no signs of being over soon, having access to reliable high-speed internet is more essential than ever for people’s jobs, education, health care and safety as well as for economic survival and future growth for the state’s rural areas…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

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