NewsFeeds 7.10.09

A hands-on plan to state health care (Daily Press)
Virginia is taking a new level of interest in its employees’ health, perhaps more than any other state in the nation. The intent is to catch health problems before they become more serious — and more costly for the state. A pilot program involving about 17,000 state employees and their families in Hampton Roads will provide “health coaches,” personalized exercise and diet plans and other resources through their health insurance.

Area’s mid-year home sales reflect continued struggle (Daily Progress)
According to the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors’ mid-year market report — which will be released today — far fewer homes listed at more than $300,000 are selling.

June Is Another Weak Month for U.S. Retail Sales (NY Times)
On Thursday, the industry posted a 4.9 percent sales decline in June, in contrast to a 1.9 percent increase a year ago, according to Thomson Reuters, which said the decline capped the longest negative streak on record.

Fewer New Households Formed in Recession (Washington Post)
The number of people setting up their own households has fallen to some of the lowest levels in a generation, a trend that threatens to prolong the recession.

Five ways not to piss off your CEO (BNET)
Editor’s Pick.
We’ve all done things that irritate or even enrage our spouses, our friends, and our coworkers. But you might think twice before you piss off your CEO. Any good manager knows that there are times when you need to hit someone right between the eyes so they get it, and not only is the CEO no exception, but they can be the most stubborn people on the planet.

Winners and Losers of the Minimum Wage Hike (Smart Money)
For many workers the increase is a boon. It might mean being able to afford a visit to the doctor or college textbooks for the fall semester. But given the 26-year high unemployment rate and the fact that so many companies are hamstrung by the gloomy economic climate, some might see a mandatory wage increase as a setback in terms of hiring and pricing. Here are a few ways the federal minimum wage increase might affect you.

The weekly wind-down: The real ending to a car ad (Funny or Die)
A hilarious spoof of one of those car comparison ads. Probably safe for work.

A hands-on plan to state health care (Daily Press)
Virginia is taking a new level of interest in its employees’ health, perhaps more than any other state in the nation. The intent is to catch health problems before they become more serious — and more costly for the state. A pilot program involving about 17,000 state employees and their families in Hampton Roads will provide “health coaches,” personalized exercise and diet plans and other resources through their health insurance.

Area’s mid-year home sales reflect continued struggle (Daily Progress)
According to the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors’ mid-year market report — which will be released today — far fewer homes listed at more than $300,000 are selling.

June Is Another Weak Month for U.S. Retail Sales (NY Times)
On Thursday, the industry posted a 4.9 percent sales decline in June, in contrast to a 1.9 percent increase a year ago, according to Thomson Reuters, which said the decline capped the longest negative streak on record.

Fewer New Households Formed in Recession (Washington Post)
The number of people setting up their own households has fallen to some of the lowest levels in a generation, a trend that threatens to prolong the recession.

Five ways not to piss off your CEO (BNET)
Editor’s Pick.
We’ve all done things that irritate or even enrage our spouses, our friends, and our coworkers. But you might think twice before you piss off your CEO. Any good manager knows that there are times when you need to hit someone right between the eyes so they get it, and not only is the CEO no exception, but they can be the most stubborn people on the planet.

Winners and Losers of the Minimum Wage Hike (Smart Money)
For many workers the increase is a boon. It might mean being able to afford a visit to the doctor or college textbooks for the fall semester. But given the 26-year high unemployment rate and the fact that so many companies are hamstrung by the gloomy economic climate, some might see a mandatory wage increase as a setback in terms of hiring and pricing. Here are a few ways the federal minimum wage increase might affect you.

The weekly wind-down: The real ending to a car ad (Funny or Die)
A hilarious spoof of one of those car comparison ads. Probably safe for work.

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