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TSS Today's Clips Friday July 31, 2020

Friday, July 31, 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.

Judge upholds Virginia’s uranium ban in property rights case

A Wise County and City of Norton Circuit Court judge on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of Virginia’s 38-year-old uranium mining moratorium on the grounds that while the ban does deprive its owners of property rights, the state has a compelling interest to do so…

Busch Gardens will open its doors in August, but only for a special event

Busch Gardens will open its gates to guests for the first time this summer with an event series in August that highlights many familiar features of the park along with local craft beers. The park, a centerpiece of recreation and tourism in the Historic Triangle, has been closed throughout the pandemic…

Dulles Greenway Toll Opponents See New Hope This Year

People who have been in the fight against the Dulles Greenway’s constantly increasing tolls—and have been constantly frustrated in that fight—see hope things will be different this year after a change in state law…

State inspector general substantiates allegations against parole board, but details are kept secret

The Office of the State Inspector General has substantiated several allegations leveled at the Virginia Parole Board after investigating complaints about how the panel reached decisions in releasing inmates on parole, but details of the findings have been stricken entirely from a copy of the government watchdog agency’s report released to the media…

Va. saw nation’s second-highest jobless spike last week

Coming on the heels of reports that the U.S. domestic gross product in the second quarter dropped to its lowest point since 1947, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that Virginia saw the second-highest increase in initial jobless claims in the nation last week…

Northam renews call for Virginia’s top court to ban evictions during pandemic

A month after a state moratorium on evictions was lifted and as the federal ban ends, Gov. Ralph Northam has renewed his request for the state Supreme Court to put a halt to the court hearings that must happen before tenants can be thrown out…

Northam faces 15-point approval drop as governors across the country face growing pandemic fatigue

A new poll from the Center for Public Policy at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs found that approval ratings for Gov. Ralph Northam’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic have dropped 15 percentage points since a similar survey in April…

Bill to limit governor's authority during state of emergency

Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, filed an amendment to the state's constitution that would require any emergency executive order to be approved by the General Assembly if a state of emergency continues for more than 45 days...

$930,000 in Richmond small business loans to help during the pandemic won't have to be paid back

More than $934,000 in loans provided to Richmond businesses hurt by the pandemic are being converted into grants that won’t have to be repaid, Mayor Levar Stoney announced Thursday. The grants will cover the cost of the 48 loans that have been provided to businesses through the Richmond Small Business Disaster Loan Program…

Franklin County begins first phase of broadband project

Franklin County marked the start of Phase 1 of its countywide broadband initiative July 21 with a contract signing with project partners Blue Ridge Towers and Shentel. The two internet service providers joined Franklin County in a $4.6-million broadband project…

Accenture Federal Services wins $328M VA contract

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded Accenture Federal Services, an Arlington-based subsidiary of Irish Fortune Global 500 company Accenture, a $328 million contract to help the department modernize applications used for the the VA home loan program…

SAIC taps VP for strategy, planning in defense systems group

Steffanie Easter has been appointed vice president of strategy and planning for Reston-based Science Applications International Corp.'s defense systems group, the company announced Wednesday….

Loudoun Planning Commission signs off on Amazon data center project

The Loudoun County Planning Commission unanimously recommended Tuesday that Amazon's latest data center project in the county be approved by the Board of Supervisors…

Tech builds its talent factory in Alexandria

The new leader of Virginia Tech's $1 billion Innovation Campus sees its mission as even more critical in the wake of the pandemic and recession….

Community banks accuse credit unions of encroachment

The battle between Virginia Credit Union and a group of small community banks could wind up in front of the Supreme Court of Virginia….

Hogan pauses Maryland reopening, expands mask-wearing order

Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday paused Maryland's economic reopening plan and expanded an order to require residents to wear face coverings in public spaces at all businesses…

Missourians to Vote on Medicaid Expansion as Crisis Leaves Millions Without Insurance

As a result of the unemployment crisis, millions of people lost access to their private health insurance plans at a time when they might need it most…

7th Circ. Won't Hand Off FERC Clean Energy Order Fight

The Seventh Circuit has declined to let the D.C. Circuit take over challenges to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order restricting the presence of state electricity programs in wholesale electricity auctions run by the country's biggest regional grid operator...

EPA Head Promises Deregulatory Efforts Will Continue

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's leader on Wednesday told a conservative think tank he will continue efforts to push more permitting and enforcement decisions to states, along with maintaining a full menu of deregulatory priorities at the ready should President Donald Trump win reelection…

Philadelphia Promises Internet Access for All Students by Fall

The city’s school district superintendent has pledged Internet connections for thousands of students by September. The current plan will continue virtual learning at least through Nov. 17…

 

 

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