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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.

 

Federal Appeals Court nullifies key permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline; Construction could be halted

A federal appeals court on Tuesday invalidated a key U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review of the Dominion Energy-led Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a decision environmental lawyers who argued the case say should halt construction of the contentious natural gas project. Dominion vowed to continue…

Will Chesterfield leaders consider buying megasite land?

The question loomed large over an abbreviated celebration this month as opponents of an industrial megasite in Chesterfield County marked victory over one government body and prepared to possibly battle another: Would the county’s Board of Supervisors spend…

Governor plans big announcement Friday in Dickenson County

Gov. Ralph Northam will make a special trip to Dickenson County Friday to deliver a significant economic development announcement. The governor's office reported in his public schedule release on May 11 that the announcement is with Science Applications International Corporation…

VA. Senate Democrats’ leader threatens ‘nuclear option’ on Medicaid

Sen. Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw said he will resort to a “nuclear” procedural move — one that would wrest the state budget bill from the Senate Finance Committee — if the panel does not send a spending plan to the full Senate before it reconvenes next week…

A second hospital tax emerges as Senate struggles with budget

As the Senate struggles with options for adopting a state budget, its Finance Committee is considering an additional tax on hospital revenues to generate federal dollars for reimbursing their treatment of patients in Virginia’s Medicaid program…

Sheltering Arms, VCU Health break ground on new rehabilitation hospital

Sheltering Arms and VCU Health held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for a hospital just west of Short Pump, dubbed the Sheltering Arms Rehab Institute, a Joint Venture with VCU Health. The hospital will care for those who have suffered…

Hampton Roads grows jobs with strong economic outlook, economist says

Old Dominion University economists expect Hampton Roads to add about 3,900 jobs this year and predict a strong economic outlook for the next few years, although increased federal spending coupled with tax cuts could mean a reckoning down the road...

Virginia state economic officials tour downtown Bristol

State economic leaders stressed during a visit to downtown Bristol on Tuesday that the new Northam administration intends to make rural parts of Virginia a priority. State Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball led a delegation of…

Dozens of Botetourt County residents speak in opposition of Aqua Virginia rate increases

Aqua Virginia has a history of requesting rate increases every two to four years. Multiple customers testified that their water rates doubled in recent years, but they haven’t seen any improvements to infrastructure in their neighborhoods or to water quality…

Norfolk Council likely to support tax increases, more money for schools and raises

A majority of the City Council appears ready to vote for a budget that includes more money for schools and employee raises, funded by an 8 percent real estate tax hike and increases in a slew of fees. The council has canceled its final two budget workshop meetings…

Virginia Beach City Council approves budget without tax increases

The City Council officially decided to scrap plans to increase taxes. Members voted 9-0 on Tuesday night to approve a $2 billion budget that doesn’t ask residents for more money. The council also signed off on spending nearly $395 million over the next fiscal year to fund construction projects…

The NC legislature is back. Here's what you need to know

NC teacher protests on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 will start off the state legislature's 2018 budget debate on teacher salary raises, school safety, prison safety, GenX funding, state employee raises, and more leading up to the 2018 midterms…

Tennessee AG files suit against Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

The Tennessee suit accuses Purdue of unlawfully marketing and promoting OxyContin and other drugs and creating a statewide public nuisance by interfering with the health of Tennesseans and the commercial marketplace. The suit also claims Purdue violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and its 2007 settlement with Tennessee…

FDA Cigar Warnings don't violate 1st Amendment, judge says

A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday ruled that required health warnings on cigars don’t violate the First Amendment since they’re aimed at informing the public of health risks in a suit brought by advocacy groups representing smokers and industry against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration…

PhRMA expresses 'serious concerns' with Trump drug pricing proposals

In the first extended remarks on the plan since Trump unveiled itlast Friday, Lori Reilly, an executive vice president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), pointed to several proposals she said would harm patient access to drugs….

San Francisco lawmakers propose bill banning plastic straws

San Francisco lawmakers are expected to roll out legislation Tuesday that would ban plastic straws in the city's eateries. The lawmakers want businesses to serve compostable or reusable alternatives instead…

Budget gaps, backlogs spur States to tap more P3 opps

The Trump administration’s push to have local governments shoulder a bigger share of their infrastructure project costs will likely inspire more states and municipalities to tap private investors to get their most crucial projects financed, built and delivered…

The 5 biggest winners (and one loser) in the Supreme Court sports gambling decision

The 6-3 ruling striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act means that states wanting to offer legal sports betting will soon be able to get a piece of the many billions of dollars wagered on sports each year…

Kill harmful head tax by citizen initiative

Citizens of Seattle should seek an initiative to overturn the destructive, opportunity-killing head tax the City Council approved Monday. This is needed to reverse the city’s hostility to business…

Will 6th District Republicans heed the lesson from 1982?

Elephants are said to have long memories. We’ll find out Saturday if Republicans, who embrace the tusked mammal as their mascot, share the same trait…

Virginia should think twice about joining the Medicaid expansion mess

Across the country, states like Ohio and Kentucky are trying to reel in their failed ObamaCare Medicaid expansions. But as those states are moving forward with enrollment freezes and work requirements to roll back expansion, Virginia’s governor and House leadership are moving backwards by trying to implement ObamaCare…

Schapiro: More fireworks in VA.'s health care finale

The on-again, off-again fight over health care that began in 2014 — initially, between Democrats and Republicans and now between Republicans — should end next Tuesday afternoon, the next session of the Virginia Senate. But there are big ifs…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
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