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TSS Today's Clips-Thursday, May 17

Thursday, May 17, 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.

 

It’s not just Amazon: Apple quietly explores Northern Virginia campus for 20,000 jobs

Apple has quietly explored the idea of opening a campus for 20,000 employees in Northern Virginia, further advancing the possibility that the Washington area could evolve into an East Coast outpost for Silicon Valley. Apple’s consideration of the region comes…

Incentives often not the deciding factor in business moves

State lawmakers are mulling a budget for the next two years, looking for money to fund programs and services. One fund they’re unlikely to raid is economic development, a category of state spending worth nearly $20 million…

Is the solution to the region's awful congestion more tolls? This group of CEOs thinks so

The Greater Washington Partnership, an alliance of CEOs from major companies between Baltimore and Richmond, has a solution for traffic congestion that could shorten commute times but frustrate frequent drivers: more tolls…

Prince William road projects eye regional transportation dollars

Regional transportation officials will soon decide how to spend more than $1 billion to redraw transportation maps and commuting routes over the next six years. Prince William area officials are hoping that some of that money helps fund 12 projects in and around the county…

U.S. and Virginia join case against Silver Line contractor accused of manufacturing defective concrete panels

Concrete panels for several of the new Silver Line stations do not meet safety or reliability standards and were made by a company that doctored testing records and used unapproved materials to mask the flaws, according to a…

State on track for passenger rail cost analysis

A state study to examine the potential cost of extending passenger rail service into Southwest Virginia remains on track…

Official: Most pipeline work can go on despite tossed permit

Federal regulators declined to stop work Wednesday on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after an appeals court invalidated a key permit for the multistate project. The decision came over the objections of environmental groups that insist…

Mountain Valley Pipeline cited for environmental violations in West Virginia

Just two months after construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline began, regulators cited the project for failing to control erosion at two work sites. A notice of violation, issued April 25 by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, marks the first such action related to…

Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents say state ignored minorities' civil rights

A coalition of environmental organizations opposed to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline filed a complaint Tuesday claiming Gov. Roy Cooper's administration failed to protect neighbors' civil rights when it issued permits for the project…

Fauquier County aims to boost cell, Broadband with six new towers

To jump start the effort to improve cellular and internet service in some rural areas, Fauquier County will work with Calvert Crossland LLC to place towers in six locations. The county will pay up to…

Nelson County considers transferring network to CVEC

The Nelson County Broadband Authority and the board of supervisors have signed off on a resolution that endorses the transfer of the county’s fiber optic broadband network to Central Virginia Electric Cooperative…

Universal broadband plan is presented

The Virginia Rural Broadband Coalition (VRBC) presented to Gov. Ralph Northam a four-year plan to achieve the goal of universal connectivity for all Virginians. The proposal will rely on partnerships, innovations and investments by local, state, and federal governments along with support and engagement from providers and communities…

Smyth, Wythe agree to file lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

Last Tuesday evening, supervisors in Smyth and Wythe agreed that filing a lawsuit was a remedy for the opioid crisis facing their communities and costing taxpayers indirectly and directly. Thursday morning, their attorneys were standing outside the federal courthouse in Abingdon…

Grayson offered chance to join opioid lawsuit

The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has been given the opportunity to join other Southwest Virginia counties in filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors. At its regular meeting on May 10…

Is the price right for Patrick County Hospital?

Patrick County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dr. Lock Boyce is frustrated with Virginia Community Capital. The business, which now owns the closed hospital in Stuart, is requesting, in his view, a “huge amount of money” for the property and has not been willing to negotiate selling the…

Virginia jail death investigator closing cases, but information isn’t public

A new state jail death investigator reviewing cases back to July 1 has closed 17 while 36 remain pending, including the death of an 18-year-old on Tuesday in the Hampton Roads Regional Jail. The Board of Corrections…

As Apple considers Triangle, NC leaders propose changes to corporate incentives

North Carolina state legislative leaders proposed changes to economic-development incentives Thursday, even as inquiries mount about tech giant Apple's interest in locating in Research Triangle Park…

Vermont becomes first state to allow imported drugs from Canada

Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott Wednesday signed legislation making his state the first to legalize importing prescription drugs from Canada, an idea President Donald Trump's top health officials oppose that's also drawn fierce opposition from the pharmaceutical industry…

FDA names drug companies that may 'game' the system to stall generics

Specifically, the FDA is publishing a list of 52 branded drugs whose makers could be using delay tactics to prevent generic drug companies from getting the samples they need to bring competitors to market…

Senate passes measure to keep Net Neutrality

Senate Democrats narrowly succeeded Wednesday in passing a resolution to nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality deregulation rule, setting the stage for a tougher showdown in the House…

Oakland lacked evidence for coal shipping ban, judge says

A California federal judge said Tuesday that Oakland could not ban a cargo shipping terminal developer's proposed coal operations based on claims they would pose a substantial health or safety risk, finding the city violated its contract with the firm by passing regulations without enough evidence of danger…

Tax-funded development deals facing renewed scrutiny

Despite state-backed mega-projects such as Amazon’s second headquarters making headway and getting stronger than ever, such taxpayer-funded development deals are facing rising scrutiny by urban planners and concerned citizens…

Lovelace and Sims: A growing list of Governor Northam’s broken promises

As a gubernatorial candidate, Ralp Northam touted his commitment to the environment, using his medical background and personal history with Virginia’s coast as qualifiers. As the campaign progressed…

 

 

Michael W. Woods
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