Hunger pangs may be a sign to raid the refrigerator, order carryout, heat up some leftovers, or head to your favorite restaurant.
But thousands of Virginia children don't have that option. In fact—and it’s a little-known fact—area food banks throughout the Commonwealth are in greater need of supplies over the summer than over the holidays, when most food drives take place.
Since 2006, there's been a 56-percent increase in the need for serving the hungry. And as Governor McDonnell explains, it's harder to restock food banks during this time of year than any other.
Smithfield Foods is being sold to China’ s largest pork producer.
Saying it’s a great day for American farmers, Smithfield Foods President and CEO Larry Pope has announced his company is being sold to Shuanghui International Holdings Limited, China’s largest meat processing enterprise and largest meat trading company. It’s believed to be the largest takeover of an American company by a Chinese one. The purchase price is $4.7 billion.
Those debit cards that the Virginia Department of Taxation issued to taxpayers instead of checks are not going anywhere. In fact, as the tax season wraps up, most residents have already seen them.
Getting rid of tax-refund checks was supposed to save the state money. Taxpayers had the option of cashing out the card, transferring funds, or using it as a point-of-sale card or at an ATM. But they were charged fees and were often confused about how to access funds. Burns said he didn't receive many complaints, though.
Revenue that Virginia officials were anticipating from online sales tax legislation in Congress is now in doubt.
Recently the U-S Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure to make it easier for states to collect sales taxes from online purchases. Since then lobbyists for big online retailers and small business owners alike have stormed House office buildings trying to sway your local representatives.
The reason for the intense lobbying effort is that billions of dollars are at stake. Virginia officials expect to reap more than $250-million from online sales tax revenue.