Nolan Ryan group visiting Richmond today (Times-Dispatch)
Reid and Reese Ryan, of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, will visit The Diamond and the proposed site of a Shockoe Bottom ballpark today and then attend an evening meeting with community leaders and Eastern League President Joe McEacharn.
As if It Needed to, Virginia Bans Smiles at the DMV (Washington Post)
Few places in Virginia are as draining to the soul and as numbing to the buttocks as the branch offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles. And yet, until recently, smiling was still permitted there. No more. As part of the DMV’s effort to develop super-secure driver’s licenses and foolproof identification cards, the agency has issued a smile ban, directing customers to adopt a “neutral expression” in their portraits, thereby extinguishing whatever happiness comes with finally hearing one’s number called.
Dollar Tree continues to shine in tough economy (Virginian-Pilot)
Bolstered by another strong quarter and a 38.5 percent increase in earnings, Dollar Tree Inc.’s CEO touted the chain’s “positive momentum” and continued growth.
Investment questions dog McAuliffe in Va. gov race (AP)
n a governor’s race that’s all about jobs, Terry McAuliffe is facing questions about huge profits he made from a company that collapsed two years later, leaving 10,000 people unemployed.
More Small Banks Ailing as Recession Toll Mounts (NY Times)
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said Wednesday that the number of banks on its list of “problem” institutions had grown to 305 in the first quarter, the most since 1994, and up from 252 at the end of 2008. From January through March, 21 small or medium-sized banks failed, and 15 more have gone in the second quarter.
Study: Insured pay ‘hidden tax’ for uninsured health care (USA Today)
The average U.S. family and their employers paid an extra $1,017 in health care premiums last year to compensate for the uninsured, according to a study to be released Thursday by an advocacy group for health care consumers. Families USA, which supports expanded health care coverage, found that about 37% of health care costs for people without insurance — or a total of $42.7 billion — went unpaid last year. That cost eventually was shifted to the insured through higher premiums, according to the group.
Good Luck With That 401(k)! (Slate)
Medicare and Social Security are in terrible shape. Unfortunately, private-sector health and pension plans are doing even worse.
Ditching the Job Fair for a Venting Opportunity (WSJ)
LaidOffCamp, which is being held in cities across the country, is designed to give the jobless the sort of support they often say they are lacking, offering sessions on everything from how to raise money to unemployed workers’ legal rights. It’s also an opportunity to meet new people and possibly find new leads in the job hunt.