A crossing guard who makes $40 an hour and the next onslaught on political advertising in Virginia were among the hottest topics on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link over the past week. Fred Echols reports.
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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.
Governor Bob McDonnell issued a letter earlier this month urging college presidents and boards to hold the line on in-state tuition.
The plea was repeated Thursday by the University of Virginia’s Rector Helen Dragas, but the board of visitors voted 14 to 2 to increase tuition and fees by 3.8% or about $450 for in-staters and 4.8% -- just over $1,800 for students from other states.
The board approved even bigger tuition and fee hikes for students in the law, business, engineering and medical schools.