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Legislators meet virtually to give updates on 2021 General Assembly

Legislators meet virtually to give updates on 2021 General Assembly Over a Zoom meeting Wednesday morning, a group of area legislators gave an update and briefing of the 2021 Virginia General Assembly Session at the annual “Politics and Pancakes” event hosted by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. The legislators gave their thoughts on the session […]

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Report: Virginia has 4th most COVID-19 restrictions

Report: Virginia has 4th most COVID-19 restrictions More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia has the fourth most restrictions still in place, according to a study comparing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. “The state requires face coverings for the general public, has some form of requirement or recommendation for customer […]

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Forget the Suez Canal. Supply Chains Need Attention

Forget the Suez Canal. Supply Chains Need Attention Could artificial intelligence help manufacturers address undeniable supply chain concerns? Considering its financial impact on so many global markets, the recent Suez Canal blockage understandably garnered significant attention. It is an interesting story, in part, because we operate within a truly global economy. While a focus on […]

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Congress Considering Tax Hikes That Would Cost 1 Million Jobs

Congress Considering Tax Hikes That Would Cost 1 Million Jobs RICHMOND, VA – Study finds that tax increases under consideration in Congress would cost 1 million jobs two years following their implementation. The study conducted by the NAM, in partnership with Rice University economists John W. Diamond and George R. Zodrow, also found that repealing tax […]

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VEC to reinstate weekly work search requirement soon

VEC to reinstate weekly work search requirement soon Policy was suspended during the pandemic’s first year All Virginia recipients of unemployment insurance will have to apply for two jobs a week soon to continue receiving benefits, Virginia Employment Commission announced Tuesday. Although the exact timeline was not provided, the VEC will begin notifying residents in […]

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Buying Pot? Look for the Union Label

Buying Pot? Look for the Union Label by Stephen D. Haner When Virginians begin to buy marijuana from state-licensed providers, if Governor Ralph Northam has his way, along with his smiling visage on every baggie of grass you will need to look for the union label. I’m kidding about getting high with the governor’s image […]

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Virginia governor signs advanced recycling bill into law

Virginia governor signs advanced recycling bill into law The ACC supported the legislation. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed SB 1164 into law March 29. The legislation, which passed with bipartisan support, will enable greater adoption of advanced recycling, which also is called chemical recycling, by classifying it as a manufacturing process and not solid waste management. The […]

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The Next Trick: Pulling Coronavirus Out of Thin Air

The Next Trick: Pulling Coronavirus Out of Thin Air Thermo Fisher Scientific’s new air sampler can help monitor for airborne pathogens, and signals renewed interest in bioaerosol surveillance. A decade ago, when the firefighter John Burke earned his master’s degree in health care emergency management, he wrote his thesis on pandemic planning. So when the coronavirus […]

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Governor Northam Announces Limited Capacity Increases for Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings, Some Entertainment Venues as Vaccinations Rise

Governor Northam Announces Limited Capacity Increases for Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings, Some Entertainment Venues as Vaccinations Rise Approximately one in four Virginians vaccinated with at least one dose RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that as COVID-19 vaccinations continue to rise in Virginia, certain sports and entertainment venues may begin to operate with additional capacity and […]

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Governor Northam Commits to Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics at State Agencies

Governor Northam Commits to Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics at State Agencies New executive order will decrease plastic pollution, reduce amount of solid waste going to landfills RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today signed Executive Order Seventy-Seven aimed at reducing Virginia’s reliance on single-use plastics, which pollute waterways, harm fish and wildlife, and take up space in landfills. […]