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RENEWABLE ENERGY PROVIDERS WIN SKIRMISH AGAINST DOMINION, BUT LARGER WAR DRAGS ON

By SARAH VOGELSONG, Virginia Mercury

Two renewable energy providers whose attempts to sign up Dominion Energy customers were halted by the utility in July won a victory Wednesday when the State Corporation Commission ordered the company to begin processing the enrollments immediately.

VaNews August 22, 2019



STAFFORD WINS WITH STRATEGIC TAX BREAK

Free Lance-Star Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Like their counterparts throughout the country, Stafford County economic development officials are constantly trying to attract new businesses to the region. They recently scored a win when a Baltimore-based commercial real estate developer announced plans to build a new Class A warehouse and e-commerce distribution center adjacent to the Stafford Regional Airport.

VaNews August 22, 2019



HEALTH INSURERS SET TO EXPAND OFFERINGS UNDER THE ACA

By ANNA WILDE MATHEWS, Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

Insurers are expanding their Affordable Care Act plan offerings for next year, with the once-troubled business now generating profits, even as the overall individual-insurance market has shrunk....Anthem Inc. is expanding in at least two of its states, California and Virginia.

VaNews August 22, 2019



PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY’S DATA CENTERS TOP 5 MILLION SQUARE FEET

By JEFF CLABAUGH, WTOP

Prince William County, Virginia, has been aggressively courting data center landlords, and it is paying off. Data center projects in the county have now reached a total of 5.2 million square feet. In recent years, development has brought more than 40 projects to Prince William County, with $9 billion in capital investment, including six data center projects completed in fiscal 2019. According to the county’s Department of Economic Development, that has resulted in more than 1,170 highly skilled jobs and hundreds of construction jobs.

VaNews August 22, 2019



CARING FOR OUR ELDERS

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

It’s no secret that our population is aging. By 2030, all baby boomers will have turned 65 years old, with an estimated 10,000 people reaching that age each day. The number of 65-plus people in the U.S. also will outnumber children, according to a 2018 U.S. Census Bureau projection. That observation should shift our focus on “who is aging?” to incorporate the question of “who is working?”

VaNews August 22, 2019



HAMPTON ROADS TEACHERS TURN TO CROWDSOURCING SITES FOR CLASSROOM SUPPLIES

By ROBYN SIDERSKY, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Science teacher Heather Overkamp has her eye on biotechnology kits that will help her teach medical health lessons this coming school year. The field changes fast, she said, and her independent research students need to keep up with the newest technologies. But the price tag — $500 — is one her district likely won’t pay. So she’s crowdsourcing.

VaNews August 22, 2019



NATIONAL GUN-CONTROL GROUP LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AGAINST SUBURBAN REPUBLICANS IN VIRGINIA

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The national gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety is beginning a digital advertising blitz in suburban swing districts in Virginia’s pivotal fall election, targeting Republican lawmakers in Northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton Roads.

VaNews August 22, 2019



SCHAPIRO: WITH OPINION SHIFTING, VIRGINIA FIREARMS CROWD PLAYS INSIDE GAME

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

This time of year in Virginia, it’s usually candidates who are clogging your mailbox, bugging you for money and your vote. In politics, turnabout is fair play. A summertime annoyance is tumbling through the letter slots of prospects for the House of Delegates and state Senate: questionnaires from pressure groups.

VaNews August 22, 2019



RURAL COUNTIES PUSH BACK AGAINST REGIONAL GAS TAX INCREASE TO FUND I-81 IMPROVEMENTS

By CASEY FABRIS AND AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Local government officials in counties that Interstate 81 does not pass through are balking at raising gas taxes, as required by a new state law to fund improvements of the highway. A number of boards of supervisors have adopted or are considering resolutions expressing opposition to increasing their fuel tax rate by approximately 7 cents per gallon and urging the General Assembly to reevaluate the legislation, which went into effect in July.

VaNews August 22, 2019



RIGGLEMAN VISITS ALBEMARLE GAMING MACHINE MANUFACTURER ON BUSINESS TOUR

By TYLER HAMMEL, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman visited Castle Hill Gaming in Albemarle County Wednesday as part of a tour of businesses in the 5th District.

VaNews August 22, 2019