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TSS Today's Clips-Friday, May 11

Saturday, May 12, 2018  
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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.

 

Cost of most individual market plans in Virginia set to jump by double digit percentages next year

Most plans on the individual insurance market are likely to see steep price increases next year, continuing a trend of annual rate hikes. Nearly every insurer that has filed intentions to offer a plan on the Affordable Care Act’s exchange for…

Anthem is the only insurer expecting to sell individual polices next year in Roanoke, New River Valleys

Anthem appears to be the only insurer willing to offer health insurance next year to people living in the Roanoke and New River valleys who purchase individual policies. The insurer…

SW VA. opioid suits to be filed in Federal court for speed

Chafin, R-Hansonville, and four other lawyers will represent Russell, Smyth and Wythe counties in soon-to-be-filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors. While similar litigation was filed in Northeast Tennessee last June, the Southwest Virginia suits differ in that they will be filed in federal court…

Voting irregularity found in controversial 94th District election

Some Newport News residents who might have voted in the tied race for the 94th House of Delegates seat were assigned to the wrong district. After the November election, a state Department of Elections review of registrations using new mapping technology found a possible discrepancy between…

ACLU report criticizes 'solitary confinement’ in Virginia prisons

The ALCU of Virginia is slamming the state’s practice of putting inmates in “solitary confinement,” saying it’s harmful to inmates — particularly those with mental illnesses — and ineffective at enhancing public safety…

Reiss: Healthier financial picture at Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation president Mitchell Reiss said Thursday the changes it has made to enhance and streamline programming while downsizing its staffing have put it in a healthier financial situation…

Breathing new life into a block of East Broad Street: Developers have plans for offices, shops, apartments and restaurants

A decaying block along East Broad Street near the Greater Richmond Convention Center is being rejuvenated. Two developers have bought storefront buildings on the block between North Fourth and North Third streets with plans for…

What’s next for the Chester megasite?

While the seven members of the EDA board publicly acknowledged that it’s politically untenable to proceed with the controversial rezoning at this time, they left the door open to reconsider the project at a later date…

As Virginia's resilient Pamunkey tribe plans its future, its chief says a Richmond casino would be a ‘great opportunity’

They’ve survived in Eastern Virginia for more than 10,000 years, withstanding the arrival of European colonists and holding onto tribal land at a reservation that predates the United States. After a successful three-decade push for federal recognition, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe now has big plans to secure its future in the 21st century…

Solar farm at Hartfield to cover 120 acres with 58,000 panels

Solar power’s future is sunny especially in Middlesex County where Dominion Energy is building the Puller Solar Facility. Once completed, it will feature 58,000 solar panels on 120 acres producing 15 megawatt (MW) of electricity

Senate committee takes first step to protect Tangier Island and coastal Virginia

The U.S. Senate Committee of Environment and Public Works (EPW) accepted Senator Tim Kaine's provisions to start new flood-resilience projects that would protect Tangier Island and Coastal Virginia on Thursday…

State Republican chair 'alarmed' over preparations for upcoming 6th District convention

With a little over a week until the convention to nominate a Republican candidate for Congress to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia says he has become…

U.S. 'net neutrality' rules will end on June 11: FCC

Landmark U.S. “net neutrality” rules will expire on June 11, and new regulations handing providers broad new power over how consumers can access the internet will take effect, the Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday in setting the date.

Trump to unveil 4-point plan for curbing drug prices

President Donald Trump on Friday will target drug prices with a four-point plan intended to boost the negotiating power of private Medicare plans, reduce list prices, ease out-of-pocket costs and tackle…

Work requirements for Medicaid are now ok in four States

Waivers are pending in Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin. Most are states with Republican legislatures and governors…

Georgia becomes latest State to go after internet sales taxes

The law would apply to retailers with at least $250,000 in Georgia sales or 200 individual transactions in the state in a given year. Retailers would have to send the notices to customers who spend at least $500. Amazon, the nation’s biggest online retailer, already collects sales taxes on its purchases in Georgia and most other states…

The hypocrisy of Amazon's HQ2 process

Amazon set up its HQ2 bidding war for maximum manipulation of North America’s cities—and the company doesn’t seem to be following its own selection criteria closely. More ink has been spilled about Amazon’s HQ2 process than any other economic development process in history, and the saga is ongoing. This past October…

State-Federal rift pushes power markets to breaking point

Backlash against regional grid operator PJM Interconnection LLC's recent proposal to blunt the impact of state subsidies for clean energy in so-called capacity markets where power producers are paid to meet future demand highlights growing tensions between state and federal electricity policies that…

The man who cracked the lottery

When the Iowa attorney general’s office began investigating an unclaimed lottery ticket worth millions, an incredible string of unlikely winners came to light - and a trail that pointed to an inside job…

Ships unearthed in Virginia offer glimpse of Colonial era

Excavation for a new waterfront development in Old Town Alexandria reveals the bones of ships that were scuttled to expand the coastline…

CTB, VDOT playing ‘catch-up’ in F’burg

Not so long ago, Virginia’s Six-Year Improvement Program resembled the much ridiculed Five-Year Plans of the old Soviet Union: Everybody knew that since most of the transportation projects listed in the plans were not fully funded, there was virtually no chance they would be completed…

What would it take to change Northam’s mind on pipelines? Some advice for pipeline opponents

So the two women on Bent Mountain who were protesting the Mountain Valley Pipeline by camping out in trees in its route have come down rather than face $1,000-a-day fines. That’s understandable — $1,000 a day is a lot of money. Now that the Terrys are down, five other tree-sitting protesters remain…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
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