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TSS Today's Clips September 21, 2020

Monday, September 21, 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.


Del. Chris Hurst's bill to open up past police investigative files comes to a halt

A state Senate panel halted a bill from Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, that would have opened past police investigative files to the public. The Democratic-controlled Senate General Laws and Technology Committee voted 14-0 Friday to block House Bill 5090 and send it to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act Council…

Virginia House bill that would guarantee free school meals to students advances to Senate

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill this month to provide free school meals for 109,000 more public school students in the commonwealth. House Bill 5113, introduced by Del. Danica Roem, D-13th, and passed the chamber unanimously…

Va. recovers 68K jobs in August

In August, Virginia employers recovered a total of 68,000 jobs (a 1.8% increase from July), but the commonwealth is still 212,600 jobs shy of where it was last year, according to employment statistics released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.…

Appalachian Power seeks rate increase in SCC hearing

A request to raise electricity rates was defended by Appalachian Power Co. and disputed by critics during a five-day hearing before the State Corporation Commission that concluded Friday. The SCC said it will issue a written decision by late November…

Anthem agrees to buy power from solar energy project nearing completion in Hanover

A large, solar energy field is nearing completion in eastern Hanover County, and health insurer Anthem Inc. has agreed to buy power from the project under a 15-year deal…

Amid Pandemic, Data Center Alley Going Strong

During the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses, schools and social circles have all gone online, which has meant unprecedented demand at the heart of the internet in Ashburn. Loudoun’s data centers, already a fast-growing market, have seen a surge of demand as society has scrambled to replace in-person activities with virtual alternatives…

With Virginia's transportation funding plan finally in place, 'then COVID-19 hit'

Jeff Southard could see Virginia turning the corner on long-term funding of transportation as he prepared to retire this year after 15 years at the helm of an alliance of companies that build highways and bridges, and produce the asphalt and concrete for the work…

Hampton Roads to deploy first electric buses in Va.

Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday signed legislation that will bring zero-emission electric buses to Virginia as part of an initiative to change public transportation in Hampton Roads…

NC gets federal grant to buy corridor for Raleigh-Richmond high-speed rail

The effort to establish high-speed passenger rail service between Raleigh and Richmond, Virginia, got a boost Friday with a $47.5 million federal grant to the N.C. Department of Transportation. The money will allow the state to buy a rail line between Raleigh and Ridgeway, near the Virginia state line, from freight railroad CSX…

Virginia’s largest insurance company cut reimbursement rates, and some doctors say primary care will suffer

One of Virginia’s largest insurance companies is lowering reimbursement rates for nurse practitioners and physician assistants amid the COVID-19 pandemic — a move that many doctors say will hurt already struggling primary care practices…

$100 million Sentara, LISC partnership begins with financial literacy and job training

It was early October when Sentara announced it had partnered with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation on a $100 million multi-year effort to make Hampton Roads healthier. Sentara and its insurance subsidiary Optima Health pledged to contribute $50 million toward the effort to be matched by LISC…

City of Staunton acknowledges Courthouse-related announcement from Augusta County

In a release from the City of Staunton, the city acknowledges a public announcement made by Augusta County that the county has secured purchase options for nine properties surrounding the Augusta County Circuit Courthouse in downtown Staunton…

Danville officials say casino proximity was no factor in pitch to move police station

A new police station off Memorial Drive close to the planned casino location in Danville is long overdue to give the police department much-needed additional space, officials said. But the fact that a new headquarters could possibly end up almost next door to the proposed Caesars Virginia casino in Schoolfield was not planned…

City’s master land use plan update entering homestretch

A so-called “pre-final” version of the Richmond 300 plan that was released in draft form earlier this year is to be presented to the Planning Commission at its regular meeting today…

Apartments should take bus station spot and station should go elsewhere, developer says

Roanoke should shift plans for building a new Valley Metro bus station to an industrial site outside of downtown, according to a developer who helped defeat the original plan for a downtown center transit last month…

Virginia community colleges will stay online in spring, chancellor says

Chancellor Glenn DuBois sent a message to students across the system’s 23 colleges Friday announcing the news. The system is one of the first higher education institutions in the state to decide to keep most students away from campuses next semester…

Sen. Hanger launches redistricting PAC — and tests waters for GOP run for governor

Hanger, 72, confirmed on Sunday that he is considering a run for the Republican nomination for governor this year as an attempt to broaden the party's base of support and set the state on a path of "good governance" instead of partisanship...

After losing the speaker’s gavel, Kirk Cox seemed done. Now he’s building a 2021 campaign.

When Kirk Cox lost his Republican majority in his first and only term as speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, he seemed like a man who just wanted to avoid attention. He had survived his own race in a district that got much tougher for a Republican due to court-ordered redistricting…

Businesses are weighing when to apply for Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness; advisers offer tips

 

Months after billions of dollars in federal government-backed loans flowed to small businesses across the nation to help them keep people employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, many business owners are now considering when to seek forgiveness for those loans…

The questions the JLARC report didn't ask about Southside and Southwest

In 1994, Botetourt County voters approved a bond referendum that, among other things, set aside money to acquire potential industrial sites. That turned out to be the old Greenfield farm between Fincastle and Daleville, now better known as Greenfield Center…

Regionalism is working for Northern Virginia

A hallmark of economic development in the Washington area typically has been competition between localities and states, not collaboration. As we plan for post-pandemic recovery, it’s time for that to change for good. To maximize its economic competitiveness globally, the region must expand collaboration locally…


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