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DON'T LET DRILLING COMPANIES HIDE FRACKING DATA

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

At the behest of oil and gas interests, a state commission has suggested that Gov. Terry McAuliffe delay the implementation of new drilling rules. The industry wants time to ram through the General Assembly a new exemption to the state’s Freedom of Information Act so it can keep secret the chemicals companies use in fracking. The governor should say no. Whatever proprietary interest companies might have in keeping their fracking formulas from competitors is heavily outweighed by the public interest in disclosure.

VaNews September 27, 2016



SHERIFF MAKES THE RIGHT MOVES AT PORTSMOUTH REGIONAL JAIL

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

Norfolk Sheriff Robert McCabe is making the right moves at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail. McCabe replaced the previous superintendent, David Simon, less than a month ago. But he already has given the public reason for hope that change is afoot. The other day McCabe held an hour-long meeting with the press — a sharp contrast to the behavior of his predecessor. He has released some of the video from outside the jail cell of Jamycheal Mitchell, and he has criticized the practices of jail personnel — going so far as to suggest some could soon be looking for work.

VaNews September 27, 2016



ASHLAND OFFERS INCENTIVES FOR DEMOLISHING DILAPIDATED BUILDINGS, CONSTRUCTING HOTELS

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

Hoteliers who raze and replace dilapidated buildings in Ashland could gain hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax rebates. In an effort to provide an incentive for a costly undertaking and to revitalize neglected sites, the town’s Economic Development Authority last week launched a policy that would reimburse up to 50 percent in occupancy taxes to businesses that demolish and replace “dilapidated and underutilized” buildings with a hotel.

VaNews September 27, 2016



SOLAR FARM UP FOR A VOTE IN CHESAPEAKE .... AGAIN

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

A solar farm in southern Chesapeake is up for a City Council vote for a fourth time this week, and city leaders will also take up changes to the way police regulate taxi drivers. North Carolina-based SunEnergy1 applied earlier this year to operate a 241-acre solar farm along U.S. 17 at Ballahack Road. The 20-megawatt farm would use 63,500 noiseless photovoltaic modules. It has drawn opposition from some Ballahack residents who say it would be a potential eyesore and waste of farmland.

VaNews September 27, 2016



PETERSBURG MAKES CRITICAL $1.4 MILLION PAYMENT TO VIRGINIA RESOURCES AUTHORITY

By MARKUS SCHMIDT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

State officials confirmed Monday that Petersburg made a $1.4 million bond payment owed to the Virginia Resources Authority about one week before the Oct. 1 deadline. Virginia Deputy Secretary of Administration Gina M. Burgin said that the funds were received at 3:11 p.m. Friday.

VaNews September 27, 2016



POLL: CLINTON’S LEAD GROWS MODESTLY IN VA. WHILE LIBERTARIAN PICKS UP MILLENNIALS

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post

Democrat Hillary Clinton has a comfortable lead over Republican Donald Trump in the battleground state of Virginia, a new poll finds ahead of their first debate Monday, but Libertarian Gary Johnson is picking off millennial supporters from both. Clinton is leading with likely Virginia voters 48 percent to Trump’s 38 percent in a head-to-head matchup, according to a survey released Monday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

VaNews September 27, 2016



RICHMOND MAYORAL CANDIDATE JOE MORRISSEY CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF JEFFERSON DAVIS STATUE

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

Former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey waded into the simmering debate over public memorials to the Confederacy on Monday, announcing that one of his first actions as Richmond mayor would be to pursue removing the Jefferson Davis statue from Monument Avenue. “The Jefferson Davis statue is a political statue that glorified a failed political organization and championed a cause — slavery — that all Americans now find abhorrent,” he said.

VaNews September 27, 2016



GOVERNOR, NORMENT TRY TO REASSURE LOCAL COMMISSIONERS OF REVENUE ON BUDGET OUTLOOK

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

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr., R-James City, found common ground but few answers for local commissioners of revenue about lost raises for their employees and threats to local tax revenues. McAuliffe and Norment, speaking separately to the Commissioners of Revenue Association of Virginia on Monday, bemoaned the loss of scheduled raises for their offices, as well as partial funding in the budget for a career development program the commissioners have made their top legislative priority.

VaNews September 27, 2016



IN A NORFOLK SPORTS BAR, CLINTON-TRUMP DEBATE CAN'T COMPETE WITH NFL FOOTBALL

By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

For the record, Andrea Goodwin cares about who will be the next president. But sitting at the bar in Baxter’s Sports Lounge on Monday night, Goodwin, her dad and several dozen other patrons decided watching the New Orleans Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons was a better use of their time than listening to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

VaNews September 27, 2016



BEFORE DOMESTIC ABUSE CHARGES, COURT RECORDS SHOW DEL. RICK MORRIS ADMITTED TO ADULTERY

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

State Del. Rick Morris, R-Suffolk, who will be arraigned in court Tuesday on felony domestic abuse charges, admitted to adultery while married to his now ex-wife in a 2013 divorce case in which he paid her $72,000. Morris’s then-wife Cristina Morris alleged in the February 2013 filing in Isle of Wight Circuit Court that Morris “carried on an open and adulterous relationship” with another woman since December 2010.

VaNews September 27, 2016