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TSS Today's Clips September 25, 2020

Friday, September 25, 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 Gov. Ralph Northam, first lady test positive for coronavirus

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife, Pamela, were notified that a staff member in the governor’s residence had tested positive on Wednesday. They both subsequently tested positive for covid-19, the governor’s office announced Friday. A statement from the office said Northam is experiencing no symptoms, while his wife has “mild symptoms.” Northam is continuing his duties as governor, his office said…

Virginia Democrats are divided on details of police reform

Lawmakers in the Virginia General Assembly are on track to give citizen boards brand new authority to investigate and discipline local police officers accused of misconduct. But while Democratic majorities in the House and Senate agree the panels should have teeth, the two chambers are still at odds over key details…

Virginia changes guidelines to make it easier for landlords seeking rent and mortgage relief

After speaking with more people and looking at county records, Hubbard said he realized several residents were affected by incorrect assessments, and his own neighbors weren’t paying their property taxes on time…

Hopes for COVID-19 workers’ comp expansion ends in Senate committee

A Virginia Senate committee swiftly killed a bill that would extend COVID-19-related workers’ compensation to first responders, teachers and health care providers. The Thursday vote ended any chance of expanding coverage during the ongoing special session…

Virginia changes guidelines to make it easier for landlords seeking rent and mortgage relief

Virginia landlords can now apply for assistance on behalf of tenants who owe back rent through a state relief program. Gov. Ralph Northam announced the change to the state’s $50 million rent and mortgage relief program Thursday…

A tale of two authorities

The town of Front Royal is moving forward with its own economic development authority independent from Warren County, which is still reeling under the weight of a high-profile embezzlement scandal…

Bristol, Virginia gets credit rating upgrade from S&P

The city of Bristol, Virginia received positive financial news Thursday, as rating agency Standard & Poor's upgraded the city’s bond rating. S&P Global Ratings raised its long term and underlying rating from “A” to “A+” on the city's planned refinancing of taxable general obligation bonds…

BOS plans to invoke emergency powers to fast-track county broadband project

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors met for a special session at the high school on Friday, Sept. 18 to allocate its second round of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. ... Piedmont Broadband…

King William to hold special election to fill treasurer position

King William County will hold a special election Feb. 2 to fill the county’s treasurer seat, the county’s General Registrar Alison Fox said. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved holding the special election at its August meeting following Treasurer Harry Whitt’s announcement to retire…

Committee launched encouraging voters vote ‘No’ to Norfolk casino

A group of citizens who have criticized plans for a resort casino, have registered with the state to actively encourage voters to vote down the referendum the project needs to survive. “Informed Norfolk” registered as a committee with the Virginia Department of Elections last week…

Land Trust of Virginia logs 200th easement, now protecting nearly 9,400 acres in Loudoun

Middleburg-based nonprofit Land Trust of Virginia holds more conservation easements than any of the 27 other private land trusts in the commonwealth, and it recently achieved a significant milestone when a 129-acre plot just north of Aldie became its 200th conservation easement…

Germanna receives grant from Go Virginia to launch Tech Talent project

Germanna Community College has received $634,938 in funding towards a $1 million Tech Talent Pipeline Project that aims to train more than 200 students for high-demand engineering, information technology, computer science and cyber-related professions in the Fredericksburg region…

Chesterfield-based drug company cutting jobs and spending by $70 million as part of restructuring

Global pharmaceutical firm Indivior plc is cutting an unspecified number of jobs and reducing spending by as much as $70 million as the company shifts emphasis away from its addiction treatment drug Suboxone…

Second former Taylor campaign staffer pleads guilty to 2018 election fraud in Va.

A second former campaign staffer for then-Congressman Scott Taylor of Virginia has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor election fraud charge, tied to a 2018 scandal that continues to hover over the Republican politician as he campaigns for his old seat…

Babur Lateef considering run for lieutenant governor

Prince William County School Board Chair Babur Lateef is considering running for lieutenant governor of Virginia next year, InsideNoVa has learned. Lateef, a Woodbridge ophthalmologist, was first elected chair of the board in a special election in the fall of 2018 and was re-elected in 2019…

Senate Easily Promotes Magistrate Judge To Va. District Court

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to promote a federal magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Virginia, approving a jurist with experience as both a prosecutor and a public defender to keep cases moving in the district, which is dubbed the "rocket docket." …

Purple Line construction workers will be packed up and ready to leave by mid-October, contractor says

The clock is running out on Maryland reaching a settlement to keep the light-rail contractor on the job amid cost disputes…

FDA OKs Import Of Some Prescription Drugs From Canada

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a final rule Thursday that would allow states, tribes, pharmacists and wholesalers to import certain prescription drugs from Canada, following through on an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in July…

Georgia’s Cybercops Use ‘Digital Fingerprints’ to Stop Crime

Georgia’s Cyber Crime Center helps protect against everything from ransomware attacks to cyberbullying. Last year Georgia lost $500 million to cybercrime, “and only one-seventh of cybercrime is reported.”…


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