Economy and Economics

Big Stone Gap
4:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

End of An Era: Mutual Drug Closing

It’s the end of the line for the last privately owned drug store –slash- cafeteria in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. “Mutual Pharmacy” was immortalized in the novel, “Home to Big Stone Gap” as the beating heart of a fictional mountain community in southwestern Virginia.

People are flocking in to say their goodbyes on the last day before Mutual Pharmacy and Cafeteria closes its doors for good after 60 years in downtown Big Stone Gap.  The CVS drug store chain bought the business but not this building, which for now, will add to the growing number of vacant shops here.

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VA Tech Job Safety Studies
6:51 am
Wed July 3, 2013

New Construction Site Safety Regulations

Associate Professor Daniel Hindman (right) researches ways to reduce falls in construction.

A construction site accident at Virginia Tech last week, once again highlights the importance of safety measures at commercial construction sites.

Five people suffered non-life threatening injuries, when a hydraulic scaffold collapsed and fell about 25 feet. No word yet on the cause of that accident.

Falls by workers are one of the major causes of fatalities on construction sites. And while there have long been fall prevention regulations for commercial construction, OSHA recently implemented safety requirements for RESIDENTIAL construction as well. 

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Defense Industry Hardest Hit in Virginia
4:38 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Economic Fallout of Sequestration

An air crewman aboard VAW-125.
Credit U.S. Navy

A renowned economist is relaxing her predictions somewhat about the effects of federal sequestration on Virginia and now sees a reason for some optimism.  Chris Chmura says although the impact of the cuts will still hurt the Commonwealth more than most states, she expects there will  be some modest job growth.

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Education
1:29 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Helping Those Over 50 Get a College Education

Virginia Western Community College is one of 36 new colleges taking part in a national effort to train 10 thousand baby boomers for new jobs in healthcare, education, and social services. 

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Government & Politics
1:20 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Division Over Medicaid Overhaul

The General Assembly panel tasked with deciding whether Virginia should expand its Medicaid program or not held its first meeting–in a room packed with expansion opponents, many representing groups such as Americans for Prosperity.

The Senators and Delegates wasted no time getting up to speed on the complex facts about how the program currently operates.

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