Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity got the go-ahead yesterday from Richmond — and a commitment of $225,000 from the city, the largest to date — for its first mixed-income community
Editor’s pick. This story profiles Virginia businessman Mark Lilly who has taken the farmer’s market on to the streets of Richmond. Lilly has captured international attention for loading his school bus with fresh fruits and vegetables and selling them in poorer areas of the city where access to healthy food is limited.
Beach defense contractor plans up to 135 furloughs (Virginian-Pilot)
VT Milcom, a Virginia Beach defense contracting firm, has furloughed roughly 45 employees and could furlough as many as 135 by early April.
Toyota’s next problem: lawsuits (CNN Money)
Fixing millions of gas pedals and brakes and convincing customers their vehicles are safe could end up being the least of Toyota’s challenges. Some experts think the price tag from legal settlements could end up topping the company’s estimate of $2 billion in recall costs.
Obama Choice for Labor Board Blocked as Business Groups Lobby (Business Week)
President Barack Obama’s nomination of union lawyer Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board is on the verge of collapse after U.S. business groups successfully pressured lawmakers to stall the nomination.
Google unveiled its social product Buzz today. It’s the search giant’s most daring foray into the social space yet. And it’s seeking to solve a big issue that tends to annoy users of Facebook.
State of the Unions (Mint)
In 2009, the number of union jobs in the public sector surpassed those in the shrinking private sector. As job loss and business failure has become increasingly commonplace, the face of unions is changing. We take a look at the prevalence of unions as a percentage of the total workforce around the country, and highlight a demographic breakdown of union membership.