Trans-Pacific Partnership dies today with President’s signature

Monday, January 23, 2017

Trans-Pacific Partnership dies today with President's signature

Today President Donald Trump is signing an executive order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Harry J. Kazianis, Director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest gave this analysis. “Today, President Trump makes a bold move to enact his ‘America First’ Agenda: The effective killing-off of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With […]

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Tom Perriello makes stop at IUE-CWA Local 162 in Roanoke

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tom Perriello makes stop at IUE-CWA Local 162 in Roanoke

Tom Perriello’s last stop in his listening tour through Roanoke was at the IUE-CWA Local 162 Roanoke headquarters where about 10 union rank and file members and union shop stewards from Verizon, ITT now the Harris Corporation, GE and Virginia Transformer peppered him with questions. Union members are not shy about asking questions. Before Perriello […]

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Office of Inspector General audit of Roanoke USPS mail delivery finds no concerns

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Except for some weather delays last winter the Office of Inspector General (OIG) said it found that the Roanoke P&DC FCM service scores as measured against these new standards were largely unchanged after the partial consolidation compared to scores from the same period a year earlier. Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) and Morgan Griffith (VA-09) requested […]

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Two new solar projects get permits in Virginia

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced the recent issuance of permits for two new solar projects to be built in Virginia. The first, a 20 megawatt (MW) facility under development by Coronal Development Services, will sit on approximately 275 acres in Dunnsville, part of Essex County. The second, also with 20 MW of capacity, will […]

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The Salem Red Sox hires Ben Gellman-Chomsky as new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

SALEM, VA (January 4, 2017) – The Salem Red Sox, Advanced-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, announced the hiring of Ben Gellman-Chomsky as their new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations on Wednesday. See video below: Team president and general manager Ryan Shelton noted Gellman-Chomsky’s broadcast talent, media relations experience and versatile skillset as […]

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Congress’s Marketplace Fairness delay hurting Virginia’s economy

Friday, December 16, 2016

Congress's Marketplace Fairness delay hurting Virginia's economy

Governor Terry McAuliffe in addressing the Commonwealth’s budge shortfall is recommending certain policy adjustments that will add $35.7 million in general fund revenues for 2017 and $102.9 million in general fund revenues in 2018.  Examples of these adjustments include the following: First, he is proposing a tax amnesty program. “Since 1990, three amnesty programs have […]

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Unemployment Insurance tax for employers declines for 2017

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announced that the average Unemployment Insurance tax for employers is expected to decline $22 per employee or about $83 million in 2017.  $11.5 million will be reduced from the pool tax and the remainder will come from base tax rates for employers. Effective 2017, Virginia’s unemployment tax rates for experienced […]

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Virginia November unemployment steady, labor force increases, Roanoke MSA has slight loss

Friday, December 16, 2016

Virginia November unemployment steady, labor force increases, Roanoke MSA has slight loss

RICHMOND—Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up 0.1 percentage point in November to 4.2 percent from October’s revised rate of 4.1 percent. Compared to a year ago, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged. The labor force expanded for the fourth consecutive month to 4,261,091, a record high. The labor force increased by 13,797 in […]

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Virginia Dupont facility $50 million settlement largest natural resource damage settlement in Virginia’s history

Thursday, December 15, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Departments of Justice and the Interior joined with the Commonwealth of Virginia today to announce a proposed settlement with DuPont valued at approximately $50 million to resolve claims stemming from the release of mercury from the former E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) facility in Waynesboro, Virginia.  Over 100 miles […]

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Novatech Group to invest $3 million in Martinsville and create 50 new jobs

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

MARTINSVILLE – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Novatech Group, a leading Quebec manufacturer of doorglass, steel doors, patio doors, retractable screens, and insulated glass with or without blinds, will invest $3 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Henry County. The company will lease a 100,000-square-foot facility to produce and distribute a […]

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Virginia hospitals propose behavioral health legislation with bi-partisan support of legislators

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Virginia hospitals propose behavioral health legislation with bi-partisan support of legislators

The Virginia hospital and health system community has developed a mental health package of legislative proposals addressing the preadmission screening evaluation process, inpatient bed identification, commitment hearings, and funding. Mary N. Mannix, President and CEO of Augusta Health in Fishersville and Chair of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) Board of Directors said, “Based […]

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Financial challenges for Virginia hospitals – What’s next in federal health care policy?

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Financial challenges for Virginia hospitals - What's next in federal health care policy?

RICHMOND, VA – Newly released figures from Virginia Health Information (VHI), the agency that gathers and reports health care data in the Commonwealth, yet again confirm the fact that many local hospitals across the state continue to struggle financially. The numbers show that 27 percent of Virginia’s acute care, critical access, and children’s hospitals, and […]

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