Unemployment in Virginia lowest since 2008 – Roanoke MSA loses jobs in February

Friday, March 24, 2017

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in February to 3.9 percent, the second consecutive monthly decline, and was also down 0.1 percentage point from last February. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.9 percent is the lowest rate since the June 2008 rate of 3.9 percent. Virginia has the second-lowest unemployment […]

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Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement today regarding his proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1398. Sen. Scott Surovell was chief sponsor of the bill which would place a temporary pause on the state permitting process for coal ash impoundment projects to allow for additional assessment regarding their impact on Virginia’s water quality and environment Gov. McAuliffe […]

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BBB Advisory: F-rated Danville gun dealer Rev-Arms closes – customers lose thousands

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Roanoke, VA (March 14, 2017) – Rev-Arms, a Danville gun dealer also known as Revolution Arms, has closed up shop, allegedly leaving paying customers out thousands of dollars. According to the Danville Police Department and the Danville Chamber of Commerce, the business is no longer operating in the area. The website, www.rev-arms.com is no longer […]

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Gov. McAuliffe announces Virginia revenue collections are up 3.6%

Monday, March 13, 2017

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe announced today that general fund revenue collections for February increased 3.6 percent. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 4.5 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of 2.9 percent growth. “Even though February is not a significant month for state revenue collections, continued growth is a great sign that […]

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Roanoke MSA increases jobs for January – Virginia unemployment down

Monday, March 13, 2017

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in January to 4.0 percent, after holding steady at 4.1 percent the previous six months, and was the same rate as January 2016. “This report shows that Virginia is overcoming economic headwinds to create jobs and opportunity for people in every corner of the Commonwealth,” […]

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Virginia hospitals fear that states that refused Medicaid expansion may see increase in uninsured

Monday, March 13, 2017

Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association  (VHHA) President and CEO Sean T. Connaughton appeared as a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show today for a panel discussion on AHCA. You can listen online to the March 13 segment here. Throughout the vigorous debate regarding federal health care policy in recent years, Virginia’s community hospitals and health […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes costly and ineffective coal tax credits

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 2264, which would reinstate the coal employment and production incentive tax credit and extend the allowance of the coalfield employment enhancement tax credit without meaningful reform. “Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 2198, which would reinstate the coal employment […]

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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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