Economy and Economics

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Another national debate is taking center stage in Virginia—this time over a potential Internet sales tax. One group that’s opposed to out-of-state e-commerce taxation and the federal Marketplace Fairness Act says they have overwhelming proof that Virginians don't want it.

The U.S. Attorney for Virginia’s Western District has won a settlement with Sun Trust Mortgage, which was under investigation for failing to help struggling homeowners as promised.  Those customers may now be getting payments from Sun Trust.

Full Disclosure: Bending Not Breaking

Jul 2, 2014

National business correspondent Roben Farzad has launched a new radio podcast recorded in Richmond. The program is called Full Disclosure, and in the months ahead we'll share his weekly effort to translate the language of finance and investing.  The theme of this week’s program?  Bending, Not Breaking.

The McAuliffe administration has somehow beat every other state in the nation by inking what it says is the largest Chinese greenfield economic development project within the U.S. The deal with a leading Chinese pulp and paper company will result in a two-billion dollar investment, two-thousand new jobs, and millions more in agricultural revenue. 

Roanoke Eatery Enjoys the Sweet Taste of Success

May 19, 2014
by Beverly Amsler

You may have heard of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other programs where people donate money to help fund a specific project, such as a film.  Roanoke is the first Virginia city to implement a new type of grass-roots crowd sourcing for small businesses. 

Viva la Cupcake is a shop in Roanoke’s eclectic Grandin Village Community.  On a street corner across from an elementary school, it’s the perfect spot for parents and their kids to stop for a sweet treat.  Pennie Ahuero and her husband opened the shop five years ago and now they’re ready to grow.

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