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ENVIRONMENTALISTS ASK 4TH CIRCUIT TO INVALIDATE FERC PERMIT FOR ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Environmental organizations have widened their legal assault on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reject the federal permit that authorized construction of the 600-mile natural gas pipeline through three states. The Southern Environmental Law Center and Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed suit in the 4th Circuit on Thursday, less than a week after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied their longstanding request for a rehearing

VaNews August 17, 2018



DEBATE DEVELOPING IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY OVER PROPOSED TAX CUT

By HEATHER SULLIVAN, NBC 12

Virginia stands to gain $500 million in extra revenue due to federal tax cuts, and a debate is brewing in the Capitol over how to use it. Gov. Ralph Northam said last week he wants to use half that money to make the state's Earned Income Tax Credit refundable to help low income taxpayers. ... But Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox favors a broader tax relief aimed at the middle class.

VaNews August 17, 2018



LOUDOUN CO. SUPERVISOR CHAIR OPPOSES NEW ROCKWOOL FACTORY IN NEARBY W.VA.

By NEAL AUGENSTEIN, WTOP

Though the construction of a new, round-the-clock insulation factory is happening in Ranson, West Virginia, the uproar it has created among some concerned citizens has reached Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall in Virginia.

VaNews August 17, 2018



RICHMOND SHUTTING DOWN UNSANCTIONED SCOOTER SHARE SYSTEM

By MARK ROBINSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The unsanctioned scooter-share system that arrived in Richmond before sunrise Thursday is getting shut down. Dozens of electric scooters were scattered throughout downtown and Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus. The scooters belong to a California-based company called Bird Rides Inc. The company did not inform the city before plunking the scooters on the street, a tactic it has taken in cities across the country to mixed results.

VaNews August 17, 2018



STONEY: MORE NEGOTIATIONS NEEDED IN ARENA DEVELOPMENT PLAN

By MARK ROBINSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

The $1.4 billion proposal to replace the Richmond Coliseum and redevelop a valuable swath of downtown real estate will not land in front of the City Council next month, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said Thursday. The plan — put forth by a nonprofit development group led by Dominion CEO Thomas F. Farrell II — is the subject of ongoing negotiations between Stoney’s administration and Farrell’s group, the NH District Corp.

VaNews August 17, 2018



A ‘KILLER CAMPAIGNER’ FOR THE GOP SWIMS AGAINST A BLUE TIDE IN VIRGINIA

By ANNA EDGERTON, Bloomberg News

Republican U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock is trying to hold back the tide in northern Virginia. She’s known as an advocate for her constituents and a relentless campaigner, but Comstock represents an area that has all the ingredients Democrats hope to exploit this year in order to flip Republican seats and retake control of the House: a wealthy, educated suburban electorate that’s increasingly diverse.

VaNews August 17, 2018



SCOTT TAYLOR AND ELAINE LURIA AGREE TO 2ND DEBATE

By BILL BARTEL, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A second debate in the 2nd Congressional District election has been organized, a spokesperson for the Hampton Roads Chamber said Thursday. U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Elaine Luria have agreed to debate Oct. 23 at a Chamber luncheon, said Priscilla Monti, the organization’s communications vice president.

VaNews August 17, 2018



COREY STEWART USED RACIST STEREOTYPES TO DISPARAGE NFL PLAYERS IN 2017 CAMPAIGN EVENT

By NATHAN MCDERMOTT, CNN

Corey Stewart, the Republican nominee for US Senate in Virginia, used racist stereotypes to disparage NFL players who protest during the National Anthem in an online exchange with his supporters last year.

VaNews August 17, 2018



ON RACE ISSUES, KAINE AND STEWART CHART DIFFERENT PATHS ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL

By EMILY SIDES, Inside NOVA

On the anniversary of a counter-protester’s death at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, and as Northern Virginia communities were under a state of emergency as the same white supremacist group held a follow-up rally in Washington on Aug. 12, Republican Corey Stewart told a national audience on MSNBC that Virginias are “sick and tired” of talking about race.

VaNews August 17, 2018



MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENT COULD FACE TOUGH COURT TEST

By MICHAEL POPE, WVTF

Earlier this year, Republicans and Democrats finally cut a deal on expanding health insurance to people who live in poverty or with disabilities. But the key to cutting that deal is now at risk.

VaNews August 17, 2018