NewsFeeds 3.14.10

Eagles threatened by clearing too near (Virginia Gazette)
A Toano subdivision recognized as a leader in conservation is at the center of an investigation of illegal clearing near an eagle’s nest.

$150,000 makeovers proposed at Beach strip malls (Virginian-Pilot)
Along Newtown Road at Virginia Beach Boulevard, Karen Stephens’ property, a strip center with outdated signs and a dingy facade, stands out. Stephens said a sluggish economy has something to do with the vacancies, but admits the plaza needs sprucing up. Virginia Beach city officials want to help retail property owners and managers like Stephens give their buildings makeovers.

State slashes public services (Roanoke Times)
Direct aid to schools is cut by $645 million, excluding a funding cap on support staff; Sheriffs’ funding cut by 6 percent; localities with police by 1.2 percent; Health programs cut by an additional $360 million over Tim Kaine’s proposal.

We Bought A Toxic Asset; You Can Watch It Die (NPR)
Toxic assets — home mortgages packaged into complicated bonds that no one wanted to touch when the housing bubble collapsed — are starting to trade again. Planet Money wanted to figure out how this chapter of financial history will end. So we decided to buy a toxic asset of our own.

Loan Squeeze Thwarts Small-Business Revival (WSJ)
For a recovery to take hold, hundreds of thousands of small businesses must find the confidence to expand and create jobs. But when they get to that point, the local banks they depend on—worried about borrowers’ financial strength, scrutinized by regulators and slammed by souring real-estate loans—might not be willing or able to provide the credit they need.

Why you need a code of ethics (Inc.)
A code of ethics can help a business determine its priorities and values. It can also help you down the line if one of your employees or vendors drags you into legal trouble.

Insurance Tax Breaks for Self-Employed Individuals (Smart Money)
If you’re a sole proprietor, partner, or member of a limited liability company (LLC), you’re considered self-employed for tax purposes. As such, you probably have to pay your own health insurance. The good news is you can probably deduct them on page 1 of Form 1040, which is a favorable deal compared to what happens to everyone else who pays their own premiums.

Eagles threatened by clearing too near (Virginia Gazette)
A Toano subdivision recognized as a leader in conservation is at the center of an investigation of illegal clearing near an eagle’s nest.

$150,000 makeovers proposed at Beach strip malls (Virginian-Pilot)
Along Newtown Road at Virginia Beach Boulevard, Karen Stephens’ property, a strip center with outdated signs and a dingy facade, stands out. Stephens said a sluggish economy has something to do with the vacancies, but admits the plaza needs sprucing up. Virginia Beach city officials want to help retail property owners and managers like Stephens give their buildings makeovers.

State slashes public services (Roanoke Times)
Direct aid to schools is cut by $645 million, excluding a funding cap on support staff; Sheriffs’ funding cut by 6 percent; localities with police by 1.2 percent; Health programs cut by an additional $360 million over Tim Kaine’s proposal.

We Bought A Toxic Asset; You Can Watch It Die (NPR)
Toxic assets — home mortgages packaged into complicated bonds that no one wanted to touch when the housing bubble collapsed — are starting to trade again. Planet Money wanted to figure out how this chapter of financial history will end. So we decided to buy a toxic asset of our own.

Loan Squeeze Thwarts Small-Business Revival (WSJ)
For a recovery to take hold, hundreds of thousands of small businesses must find the confidence to expand and create jobs. But when they get to that point, the local banks they depend on—worried about borrowers’ financial strength, scrutinized by regulators and slammed by souring real-estate loans—might not be willing or able to provide the credit they need.

Why you need a code of ethics (Inc.)
A code of ethics can help a business determine its priorities and values. It can also help you down the line if one of your employees or vendors drags you into legal trouble.

Insurance Tax Breaks for Self-Employed Individuals (Smart Money)
If you’re a sole proprietor, partner, or member of a limited liability company (LLC), you’re considered self-employed for tax purposes. As such, you probably have to pay your own health insurance. The good news is you can probably deduct them on page 1 of Form 1040, which is a favorable deal compared to what happens to everyone else who pays their own premiums.

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