VaNews

Wednesday September 28, 2016


Executive Branch


MCAULIFFE ANNOUNCES 50 NEW FULL-TIME JOBS AT ISLE OF WIGHT TISSUE PAPER PLANT

By VICTORIA BOURNE , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday that 50 new full-time jobs are coming to the ST Tissue LLC plant, part of a $35 million project by the paper product manufacturer. The company has been making tissue, towel and napkin products for commercial use in Isle of Wight County since 2013 and employs more than 85 people. The project will refurbish some equipment – officials pointed to the long-idle tissue machine No. 5 as an example – and expand the plant’s manufacturing capabilities.



ST TISSUE ANNOUNCES $35M EXPANSION

By STEPHEN FALESKI, Tidewater News

ST Tissue LLC, a manufacturer of napkins, toilet paper and paper towels operating out of the International Paper campus near Franklin, will invest $35 million to expand its operations into Isle of Wight County, according to an announcement by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday morning. The expansion is expected to create 50 new jobs, each with an average salary of $53,000 annually.



GOV. MCAULIFFE ANNOUNCES $35 MILLION EXPANSION OF ST TISSUE NEAR FRANKLIN

By REEMA AMIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

ST Tissue will invest $35 million to expand its operations at the old International Paper mill near Franklin, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday. The company’s lead investor, Tak Investments, will buy new machinery and rebuild one of the few defunct paper machines in the plant in order to make more tissue products, said Sahil Tak, the company’s vice president and a member of Tak Investments.

General Assembly


MORRIS CALLS ABUSE CLAIM ‘LIES’

By TRACY AGNEW, Suffolk News Herald

Delegate Rick Morris will not resign as he defends himself against charges of abusing his wife and a child, his attorney said Tuesday. Morris was set for arraignment in Suffolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Tuesday morning. He did not appear, but his attorney, Nicole Belote, was in court to set his next appearance for Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.



DEL. RICK MORRIS “KNOWS HE IS INNOCENT” AND WILL NOT RESIGN AMID FELONY ABUSE CHARGES IN SUFFOLK

By PATRICK WILSON AND MARGARET MATRAY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Del. Rick Morris says he did not abuse a woman and child in his home and will not resign from office, according to a statement his attorney issued Tuesday morning at Morris’ arraignment on domestic violence charges. Morris, R-Suffolk, did not appear in person in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. The statement from attorney Nicole Belote says he “adamantly denies these allegations which are nothing more than distortions, misrepresentations, and lies, and he is confident that the truth will be revealed through the legal process.”



DEL. MORRIS: CHILD ABUSE CHARGES ARE DISTORTIONS, MISREPRESENTATIONS AND LIES

By TRAVIS FAIN AND MICHELE CANTY, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

State Del. Rick Morris, R-Suffolk, is not guilty of the child abuse charges against him and won't resign from the Virginia House of Delegates, his attorney said Tuesday. The three-term delegate didn't attend his first hearing Tuesday on the seven felonies and seven misdemeanors that were filed against him last week, but attorney Nicole Belote was there in his stead.

Federal Elections


VIRGINIANS LIKE CLINTON'S TEMPERAMENT BETTER THAN TRUMP'S, CNU SURVEY FINDS

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginians think Hillary Clinton's temperament better suits her to be president than does Donald Trump's by an almost two to one margin, and give her similarly high scores when asked which of the two has the right experience to be president, had a better grasp of national security issues would have better relationships with foreign countries and a better relationship with Congress, a survey of likely voters by the student pollsters of Christopher Newport University's Wason Center for Public Policy found.



CLINTON TO SCORE ANOTHER GOP ENDORSEMENT: FORMER SENATOR JOHN WARNER OF VIRGINIA

By JOHN WAGNER, Washington Post

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will score another high-powered Republican endorsement on Wednesday, according to a campaign aide: retired senator John Warner of Virginia, a popular GOP maverick with renowned military credentials. Warner’s decision not to support his party’s nominee, Donald Trump, is intended to send a signal in the five-term senator’s battleground home state and beyond that mainstream, security-minded Republicans should side with Clinton.



EX-SEN. JOHN WARNER TO ENDORSE HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

John W. Warner, a Republican who represented Virginia in the U.S. Senate for 30 years, will endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton for president today. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the Democratic nominee for vice president, will appear with Warner in Alexandria for the announcement.



VIRGINIA ANALYSTS: CLINTON APPEARED BETTER PREPARED, BUT FIRST DEBATE MIGHT NOT HAVE CHANGED MANY MINDS

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Democrat Hillary Clinton appeared better prepared for the first presidential debate than Donald Trump, according to Virginia political analysts, but they caution against reaching long-range conclusions on the candidates’ first encounter. In fact, the University of Mary Washington held a town hall debate watch on Monday evening “and not a single person in the crowd said they walked into the debate supporting one candidate and walked out of the debate supporting another,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a professor of political science at UMW.



OBAMA AT FORT LEE WEDNESDAY FOR TOWN HALL

By STAFF REPORT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

President Barack Obama comes to Fort Lee today to thank troops for their service and to take part in a CNN town hall meeting in which he will take questions from the military community. Topic areas for the one-hour event, to be broadcast at 9 p.m., include veterans, national security and foreign policy issues that affect the U.S. military.



DEGNER STRIKES OPTIMISTIC TONE AS WAYNESBORO DEMOCRATS OPEN HQ

By BOB STUART, News Virginian

Democrat Kai Degner said his campaign to unseat longtime U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, is gathering momentum. Degner appeared Monday night at the opening of the Waynesboro Democratic Committee headquarters. He told the crowd there that he has raised more than $100,000 in less than four months and now has campaign offices across the district.



FREDERICK COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE CONTINUES TO HAVE DISCORD

By SALLY VOTH, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)

Discord within the Frederick County Republican Committee continues to be apparent, but the roughly 80 members in attendance at its Tuesday night meeting were able to get through the agenda. For the second meeting in a row, Rose Focht, acting chairwoman since the removal of former 29th District Del. Mark Berg, R-Frederick County, handed over the reins to a temporary chairman.



POLITICAL SIGN THEFT PREVALENT AS ELECTION HEATS UP

By BOB STUART, News Virginian

It's election season, and one of chronic problems associated with campaigns is cropping up again in Waynesboro: stolen and vandalized political signs. Ken Adams, chairman of the Waynesboro Republican Committee, said a large number of Republican signs were taken in the city and the surrounding area on Friday night.

State Government


VIRGINIA REGULATORS LEAVE LYNNHAVEN OYSTER RULES UNCHANGED; LAWMAKERS INVITED TO WEIGH IN

By DAVE MAYFIELD , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Dozens of hours of public meetings and thousands of pages of reports, emails and letters have been devoted over the past year to conflicts over oyster ground leases in Virginia Beach’s Lynnhaven River system. But on Tuesday in a meeting room packed with oystermen and waterfront property owners, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted overwhelmingly against changing how the leases are handled. The decision was hailed by oyster growers but lambasted by residents who’d pushed for new restrictions on the Lynnhaven’s small but growing aquaculture industry.



STATE CHILD-SUPPORT OFFICE IN PETERSBURG TO CLOSE

By MICHAEL BUETTNER, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 5 free articles a month)

The Virginia Department of Social Services is closing a Petersburg office that helps residents of 11 localities obtain and enforce child-support orders at the end of this week. The agency's Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) office at 2623 Park Avenue is “merging with the Henrico office to create the Central Virginia district office,” according to Necole Simmonds, director of public affairs for the department.

Economy/Business


WITH CRAFT BREWERY, PAIR CONTINUES RIVER DISTRICT TRANSFORMATION

By DENICE THIBODEAU , Danville Register & Bee

The two men who have partnered in two successful development projects in the River District — the Pemberton Lofts on Bridge Street and the Continental Lofts on Craghead Street — have teamed up again to bring a craft brewery to the district. ... On Tuesday, Todd Haymore, the state’s secretary of commerce and trade, and Rita McClenny, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, were in Danville for the official announcement and to present a check for $90,805 from the Virginia Tourism Growth Fund to Fickenscher and Shifflett for the project.

Higher Education


VIRGINIA EDUCATION OFFICIALS DENIED ACCESS TO ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE RECORDS

By KARIN KAPSIDELIS, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The trustee for ITT Technical Institute has denied state education officials access to the paper records thousands of former students need to prove their credentials. The state attorney general’s office on Monday notified the Chapter 7 trustee for the for-profit chain that Virginia code requires transfer of all student records when a postsecondary school closes.



ITT BANKRUPTCY COULD BE KEEPING THOUSANDS OF STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS LOCKED UP

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

ITT Technical Institute could have thousands of student records dating back to 1988 locked up in storage – and the state wants them. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia believes records for students who attended the Norfolk campus from 1988 to 2008 could be locked in a rented self-storage unit.

Virginia Other


MD. FRACKING REGULATIONS INCLUDE ENHANCED BUFFERS AROUND WELLS

By JOSH HICKS, Washington Post

Maryland’s long-awaited fracking regulations would ban drilling in three watersheds in Western Maryland and require extensive safeguards around drilling sites, protections that Secretary of the Environment Ben H. Grumbles called “the most stringent” in the country. The proposed regulations, which the state unveiled Monday, also would allow fracking closer to homes and private wells than what was proposed by then-Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) before the legislature imposed a moratorium on the controversial gas-extraction practice that is set to expire in October 2017.

Local


FUNDING OF RICHMOND RETIREMENT SYSTEM DIPS WITH FLAT INVESTMENT RETURN

By MICHAEL MARTZ , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Richmond retirees have waited almost eight years for a cost-of-living increase in their monthly pension benefit, but the wait just got longer. The funding of pensions for city employees and retirees dipped because of flat investment performance in the last fiscal year, prompting the Richmond Retirement System board of trustees on Tuesday to recommend against a cost-of-living increase in pension benefits.



IN VIRGINIA’S CAPITAL, A POLITICAL ‘BAD BOY’ UPENDS RACE FOR MAYOR

By PAUL SCHWARTZMAN, Washington Post

RICHMOND — As he listened to two African American teenagers complain about their decaying high school, the front-runner in this city’s race for mayor pointed to a photo of his wife and children in his campaign brochure. “These are my kids,” Joe Morrissey said, his finger on the image of the two babies as he greeted voters outside a supermarket. “I don’t want them going to a school with mold and no AC. That’s why I’m running.”



REALTORS' POLL SHOWS MORRISSEY STILL HAS LEAD, BUT BERRY AND STONEY GAINING GROUND

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey is maintaining a strong lead in the Richmond mayoral race, but former Venture Richmond director Jack Berry and former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney have both gained ground over the past month, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Richmond Association of Realtors. The survey of 600 likely voters found that Morrissey saw a slight bump citywide from 28 percent of the vote in mid-August to 29 percent in the latest survey, which was conducted Sept. 17 to Sept. 21.



HENRICO TO CONSTRUCT $3.2 MILLION IN NEW SIDEWALKS

By DEBBIE TRUONG, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Thousands of feet of new sidewalk construction is planned throughout Henrico County. Five projects amounting to more than 4,500 feet of additional sidewalk in the Fairfield, Three Chopt, Tuckahoe and Varina Magisterial districts were approved by the Henrico Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.



CHESAPEAKE COUNCIL REJECTS SOLAR FARM PROPOSAL

By KATHERINE HAFNER , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

A solar farm will not be coming to southern Chesapeake anytime soon, council members decided Tuesday night. The council voted 5-2 without discussion against a permit for North Carolina-based SunEnergy1’s proposed 241-acre facility along U.S. 17 at Ballahack Road.



CITY LOOKS TO REFINE TECH TAX CREDIT AS EXPIRATION LOOMS

By AARON RICHARDSON, Charlottesville Tomorrow/Daily Progress

As a longtime tax credit for Charlottesville tech businesses nears the end of its life, city officials are looking for ways to expand the incentive to reach more local innovators. In 2001, the city declared itself Virginia’s first “technology zone,” and began offering 50 percent relief on business license taxes for companies 5 years old or younger located within the city limits.



CHAIRMAN REMOVED FROM POSITION

By ONOFRIO CASTIGLIA, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)

The chairman of the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) has been removed from that position by City Council. At a regular meeting of Council on Tuesday, the panel unanimously adopted a resolution to remove Peter Serafin as a member of the BAR because he was recorded discussing the matter of demolishing the Winchester Towers site at 200-214 N. Cameron St. with other BAR members before a BAR meeting on Sept. 15.


Editorials


ANOTHER REASON TO SPIKE COPN

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

To the long list of reasons Virginia should abandon its certificate-of-public-need system, you can now add one more: COPN rules hurt hospital quality. Like 35 other states, Virginia requires health-care providers to get the state’s permission before they can spend their own money on capital investments such as new buildings and new equipment. Big players — hospital chains especially — routinely try to game the system to thwart competition from one another and from upstart entrepreneurs who bring new ideas and approaches to the delivery of medicine.

Columnists


SCHAPIRO: NEITHER PARTY HAS MONOPOLY ON GOOD BEHAVIOR

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

There must be something in the water. For the second time in 20 years, a Republican legislator who represents Suffolk — the largest city in Virginia by area — is wrestling with a very big political problem: himself. Rick Morris — and before him, Robert Nelms — have faced profound personal controversies that undercut a required calling card for Republicans: a supposed commitment to social and cultural conservatism, the shorthand for which is “family values.”

Op-Ed


JARVIS: PROTECT JAMESTOWN FROM THREAT OF POWER LINE DISRUPTION

By JONATHAN B. JARVIS, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

We have a saying in the national parks: “Only the losses are permanent.” Core to the National Park Service’s mission is our responsibility to protect the places where America’s history happened from forces that would permanently deface them or diminish their national significance.

Jonathan B. Jarvis is director of the National Park Service.