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Every year, 250 million inner tubes from tires are tossed into landfills.  It’s an environmental problem, but it’s also a business opportunity. 

America’s highways are filled with trucks that ride on tires, and when those wheels of rubber must be replaced, their inner tubes often end up in the trash.  That seemed a shame to Angela Greene.

“I stumbled upon a backpack that I really liked.  It was made of inner tubes, and we just became very interested in inner tubes, because they’re very pretty.”  

Not Your Grandparents' Factory

Dec 15, 2015
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There’s new evidence that the middle class has been steadily shrinking, according to a Pew Research Center Study. It happened during the same period that manufacturing jobs – once a hallmark of the middle class--- have been disappearing in this country.  

When you ask young people what they want to do with their lives, not many will tell you they want to go to work in a factory.

Quirk Hotel's Facebook

Richmond is making headlines, placing in a top spot on “Travel and Leisure Magazine’s” annual “Best Places to Travel List.”

Among Caribbean beaches and European canals, Virginia’s capitol finds itself in good company -- the magazine picked out 50 cities from around the world, and Richmond placed 3rd.

Cited as part of the draw is Quirk, an airy and artsy boutique hotel that opened downtown. The lobby is already decorated for the holidays with a white Christmas tree and festive music.

Oyster Sanctuaries: Harvest to Research?

Nov 19, 2015

Oyster sanctuaries in Virginia's waters are key to scientists understanding disease, pollution and other factors that affect the population. But watermen believe to keep sanctuaries healthy, they should be harvested.

For years scientists have been using oyster sanctuaries to build back the wild oyster population in Virginia. Ryan Carnegie, a scientist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, says there's a huge value in sanctuaries, including larger oysters that are beginning to outlive disease.

Virginia Women's Conference This Weekend

Nov 16, 2015

Hundreds of women will be networking in downtown Roanoke this weekend at the Virginia Women’s Conference, hosted by Senator Mark Warner.

The annual event takes place in rotating regions of the state, with a day of sessions on careers, health, personal development and business. At this year’s conference, one of the sessions was inspired by a documentary called “The Big Flip—Stories from the Modern Home Front.”  The film explores the challenges of marriage and parenting, when the woman is the primary breadwinner.  

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