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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.

 

State awards fourth IT contract

Virginia has reached two milestones in its long, litigious effort to disentangle the state’s vast information technology network from a multibillion-dollar contract with Northrop Grumman. The state awarded a $120 million, five-year contract this week to the…

Northam: Virginia to maintain coal ash rules, opposes EPA rollback

Virginia's governor says the state has no plans to change its coal ash management practices, despite an Environmental Protection Agency plan to roll back regulations governing the byproduct generated by coal-burning power plants…

Two U.S. coal miners see growth amid sector’s gloom

U.S. electric utilities are expected to shut hundreds more of their coal-fired power generators in the coming years, extending a long trend away from coal and toward natural gas that has cast a pall over the mining industry. But not…

Dominion's latest 15-year forecast calls for more solar, but draws fire over demand projections

Virginia’s largest utility could increase the amount of electricity it generates from solar panels by 4,720 megawatts over the next 15 years, enough power for nearly 1.2 million homes at peak generation…

How I-66 toll money will be spent

A new express bus service to the Pentagon, on-demand shuttles to park-and-ride lots in Prince William County, better bike parking in Manassas, and a campaign to get more people to carpool or take transit are among the Virginia projects that will be funded…

Judge hears arguments for and against two Pipeline protestors sitting in trees

Two pipeline protesters stuck to their positions in trees atop Bent Mountain on Tuesday while, in the valley below them, lawyers went to a federal courthouse to argue their fate. Attorneys…

Innovairre to bring 30 high-tech jobs to Bedford County

Innovairre, a company specializing in fundraising and marketing for nonprofits and agencies, announced it will bring 30 new high-tech jobs to Bedford County, according to a news release sent Tuesday…

CoConstruct to expand Albemarle operations

CoConstruct is expanding its Albemarle County operation, creating 69 new jobs. The company provides a web-based project management system for customer homebuilders and remodelers. It plans to spend $485,000 on the expansion…

The road to the Eastern Shore has a new lane, and one less awful bottleneck

Maryland has completed construction of a fourth lane on Route 50 eastbound over the Severn River Bridge, providing what officials expect will be congestion relief especially during the busy summer months…

Tech talent will be key in Greater Washington's courtship of Amazon, others

Greater Washington's ability to train the workforce of tomorrow could be a competitive disadvantage in the region's courtship of Amazon.com Inc. and other major corporate brands that rely on a steady flow of tech talent…

Virginia Tech concussion lab expands rating system to soccer headgear

More than half of soccer players suffer some concussion symptoms annually. Virginia Tech researchers are working to reduce that number by rating the head injury-prevention effectiveness of headbands and caps available on the market for soccer players…

Former Virginia GOP Senate candidate sues over ballot access denial

A former Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against his party and the commonwealth after the state GOP found that he didn’t obtain the required number of signatures to be listed on the June 12 primary ballot…

FDA, FTC crack down on e-cigarette liquid sold in kid-friendly packaging

Federal regulators sent 13 warning letters to companies making and selling e-cigarette liquids, telling them to make changes to certain products’ packaging that resemble kid-friendly items such as juice boxes, whipped cream and cookies…

Gig economy business model dealt a blow in California ruling

In a ruling with potentially sweeping consequences for the so-called gig economy, the California Supreme Court made it much more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees

Should insurance companies directly control self-driving cars?

One startup suggests that directly involving insurance companies will accelerate the development of autonomous cars…

Tech Group urges more transparency on DOD Cloud Deal

An industry group that represents Google, Microsoft Corp. and dozens of other information technology firms that serve the public sector issued a letter calling for lawmakers to release an upcoming U.S. Department of Defense report on its…

EPA, Corps lose bid to delay restart of Water Rule row

A federal judge on Tuesday upheld a magistrate judge's ruling resuming a lawsuit in which a North Dakota-led coalition of states is challenging a controversial Obama-era rule defining the Clean Water Act's reach, rejecting the…

17 states sue Trump administration over rolling back vehicle emission

California, 16 states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration over its decision to roll back vehicle fuel efficiency standards. The states argue the EPA did not give evidence to support its decision to weaken the rule and they are now…

Virginia is on the verge of giving health coverage to 400,000, but there’s a catch

That coverage expansion would come at a price for Democratic legislators, progressive activists and low-income Virginians, however. Any Medicaid expansion bill that makes it out of the General Assembly will carry with it new work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, a priority for the GOP at large…

Fantasyland economics

Despite a rapidly improving job market, senators such as Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand have called for a new program in which the federal government would provide a full-time job to every American adult who wants one. Their proposal differs…

Demands on water table increasing

Compared with some Western states, where potable water is a scarce commodity, Virginia is blessed with an abundance of H2O. The Rappahannock River, the longest free-flowing river in Virginia, and the Potomac River supply drinking water to millions of residents in the Fredericksburg region and Northern Virginia…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager - Virginia

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