NewsFeed 7.30.09

Virginia jobless rate up slightly (Times-Dispatch)
Students entering an already-clogged job market and cuts in the automotive industry propelled Virginia’s jobless rate up 0.3 percentage points to 7.3 percent in June, the Virginia Employment Commission reported yesterday. A year ago, Virginia’s unemployment rate was 4 percent. In the Richmond region, the rate increased by 0.4 percentage points to 8.4 percent.

Man gets four years for moonshine (Roanoke Times)
Jody Alton Smith was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday for making about 16,000 gallons of moonshine — enough to fill a backyard swimming pool deep enough to dive into. The case against Smith and five others, one of the largest of its kind in recent years, was the latest effort by federal authorities to discourage moonshiners who cheat the government of taxes while subjecting consumers to a potentially dangerous intoxicant.

Your Health Policy Has Been Canceled (Slate)
Government-run insurance could not be worse than what small businesses already face.

Recovery Signs in Housing Market Stir Some Hope (NY Times)
After a plunge lasting three years, houses have finally become cheap enough to lure buyers. That, in turn, is stabilizing prices, generating hope that the real estate market is beginning to recover.

For Business Owners, iPhone Apps Abound (WSJ)
IPhone apps aren’t just about time-killing video games, restaurant tips and hobbyist lore. Increasingly, they’re also for taking care of business. A growing number of tools – both paid and free– in Apple’s App Store are useful to small companies whose owners or employees are pounding the pavement, hoping to ink deals or take care of customers.

Helping an Employee in a Personal Financial Crisis (BusinessWeek)
As more Americans face distress, small businesses are trying to find solutions, including loans, that benefit workers and companies alike

Virginia jobless rate up slightly (Times-Dispatch)
Students entering an already-clogged job market and cuts in the automotive industry propelled Virginia’s jobless rate up 0.3 percentage points to 7.3 percent in June, the Virginia Employment Commission reported yesterday. A year ago, Virginia’s unemployment rate was 4 percent. In the Richmond region, the rate increased by 0.4 percentage points to 8.4 percent.

Man gets four years for moonshine (Roanoke Times)
Jody Alton Smith was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday for making about 16,000 gallons of moonshine — enough to fill a backyard swimming pool deep enough to dive into. The case against Smith and five others, one of the largest of its kind in recent years, was the latest effort by federal authorities to discourage moonshiners who cheat the government of taxes while subjecting consumers to a potentially dangerous intoxicant.

Your Health Policy Has Been Canceled (Slate)
Government-run insurance could not be worse than what small businesses already face.

Recovery Signs in Housing Market Stir Some Hope (NY Times)
After a plunge lasting three years, houses have finally become cheap enough to lure buyers. That, in turn, is stabilizing prices, generating hope that the real estate market is beginning to recover.

For Business Owners, iPhone Apps Abound (WSJ)
IPhone apps aren’t just about time-killing video games, restaurant tips and hobbyist lore. Increasingly, they’re also for taking care of business. A growing number of tools – both paid and free– in Apple’s App Store are useful to small companies whose owners or employees are pounding the pavement, hoping to ink deals or take care of customers.

Helping an Employee in a Personal Financial Crisis (BusinessWeek)
As more Americans face distress, small businesses are trying to find solutions, including loans, that benefit workers and companies alike

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