Data shows economic impact and critical need for immigration reform

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Data shows economic impact and critical need for immigration reform

RICHMOND, VA – New research has been released on the contributions of immigrants in Virginia’s 6th Congressional district and highlight the critical need for immigration reform. Spearheaded by New American Economy (NAE), the event marks the launch of Map the Impact-a campaign to highlight the power of immigrants in communities across the country. This effort […]

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BBB Advisory: Door-to-door contractors getting a jump on Spring

Thursday, February 16, 2017

As our region continues to experience unseasonably warm weather, some contractors are getting the jump on spring and have begun soliciting door-to-door. BBB Serving Western VA is advising consumers to do their research when hiring contractors who operate in this manner. According to one Bedford County woman, an asphalt company was recently canvassing her neighborhood […]

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Virginia state revenue rises 7.4 percent in January

Monday, February 13, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that January General Fund revenues rose 7.4 percent from the previous January. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 4.6 percent through January, ahead of the revised annual forecast of 2.9 percent growth. “Although we are slightly ahead of the forecast in payroll withholding collections, about 43 percent […]

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Anthem/Cigna merger blocked following blockage of Aetna/Humana merger

Thursday, February 9, 2017

RICHMOND (February 9, 2017) – Shortly after Attorney General Mark Herring and state and federal partners successfully blocked the anti-competitive proposed merger of Aetna and Humana, Attorney General Herring today announced that Virginia has helped successfully block the $54 billion proposed merger of Cigna and Anthem after a judge found that the merger would be […]

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Steel Dynamics to invest $28 million in upgrades and training of existing employees

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Steel Dynamics to invest $28 million in upgrades and training of existing employees

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Steel Dynamics, one of the largest domestic steel producers and metals recyclers in the United States, will invest $28 million in its Roanoke Bar Division in the City of Roanoke to purchase new equipment and make facility enhancements, including railroad track upgrades, and increasing capacity of its rolling mill […]

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Electric Personal Delivery Devices on sidewalks passes in Virginia Senate

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

(RICHMOND, VA) —Legislation patroned by Senator Bill DeSteph (8th District), allowing the use of Electric Personal Delivery Devices (EPDD) in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has unanimously passed the Virginia Senate.  SB 1207 marks the first affirmative statewide approval of EPDDs operating on sidewalks, shared-use paths, and crosswalks in the United States. The EPDDs travel on […]

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Virginia hospitals employ 125,674 and contribute $40 billion to state’s economy

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hospitals in Virginia continue to serve as indispensable community pillars that provide public access to essential health services and are economic cornerstones. Newly available data show Virginia hospitals in 2015 employed 125,674 people in good-paying jobs, with payroll and benefits totaling $8.5 billion. Hospitals in the Commonwealth also spent nearly $18.7 billion in our communities […]

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The Human Factor: Optimizing Safety for Patients and Providers

Monday, January 30, 2017

Health care providers, clinicians, and other members of the health care community will descend on Richmond later this week for a two-day event focused on patient quality and safety. Roughly 400 attendees have registered for the 6th Annual Virginia Patient Safety Summit, scheduled for Feb. 2-3, 2017. Thw theme is “The Human Factor: Optimizing Safety […]

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Roanoke Metropolitan Area posts largest December job gains

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Roanoke Metropolitan Area posts largest December job gains

Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area that includes Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Botetourt County, Craig County, Salem City and Franklin County had Decembers largest employment gain in Virginia coming in at an increase of 600 jobs. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in December to 4.1 percent, after increasing the previous four months. […]

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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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