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S-A-T-I-R-E: Abandoned Mall Selected As Safe Zone For Upcoming Zombie Apocalypse (Tobacco Avenue)
Regional officials from the city and surrounding counties yesterday selected Cloverleaf Mall, a defunct and abandoned shopping center on the Southside, as the site that local residents are to take refuge in the likely event of a zombie attack.

Dollar Tree Market experiments with grocery sales (Inside Business)
Dollar Tree Inc. has unveiled a new store, Dollar Tree Market, that sells groceries as well as baked goods. The concept portends a trend toward traditional neighborhood grocery stores that are smaller than the average supermarket, but larger than Dollar Tree’s typical store size.

Roanoke tries to cut $10 million from city budget (Roanoke Times)
Roanoke’s budget problems are so bad that the city council is looking at any potential reduction, from job layoffs to leaving Christmas decorations in their boxes.

As Scottsville loses tire plant, officials consider options (Daily Progress)
As Scottsville’s longtime tire cord plant prepares to wrap up sales and close its doors, local and state leaders put their heads together Monday to begin mapping out a plan for the building’s future.

State Debt Woes Grow Too Big to Camouflage (NY Times)
California, New York and other states are showing many of the same signs of debt overload that recently took Greece to the brink — budgets that will not balance, accounting that masks debt, the use of derivatives  to plug holes, and armies of retired public workers who are counting on benefits that are proving harder and harder to pay.

Homeowners balk as property tax bills stay high (USA Today)
Despite a real estate implosion, property tax revenue collected by states and localities actually rose 2.7% last year to $421.8 billion, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Property taxes have been a lifeline for flailing local governments, which collect more than 96%of property taxes. Toss them out, and the remaining sources of state and local tax revenue — including sales and income tax receipts — sank more than 9% last year from 2008.

IPad’s Widely Mocked Name Won’t Stifle Sales (Business Week)
Branding experts say jokes that the iPad sounds like a feminine hygiene product won’t keep women—or men—from buying the Apple tablet.

4 Tips on Managing a Virtual Workforce (Inc.)
These days, it is entirely possible to run a thriving business out of a dozen different cities – with no central office. We talked to many smart CEOs who have ditched formal digs in favor of online communications between employees, periodic productivity check-ins, and a lot more flexibility. They shared lessons they’ve learned along the way, and pointers on how to make a virtual company grow and thrive.

S-A-T-I-R-E: Abandoned Mall Selected As Safe Zone For Upcoming Zombie Apocalypse (Tobacco Avenue)
Regional officials from the city and surrounding counties yesterday selected Cloverleaf Mall, a defunct and abandoned shopping center on the Southside, as the site that local residents are to take refuge in the likely event of a zombie attack.

Dollar Tree Market experiments with grocery sales (Inside Business)
Dollar Tree Inc. has unveiled a new store, Dollar Tree Market, that sells groceries as well as baked goods. The concept portends a trend toward traditional neighborhood grocery stores that are smaller than the average supermarket, but larger than Dollar Tree’s typical store size.

Roanoke tries to cut $10 million from city budget (Roanoke Times)
Roanoke’s budget problems are so bad that the city council is looking at any potential reduction, from job layoffs to leaving Christmas decorations in their boxes.

As Scottsville loses tire plant, officials consider options (Daily Progress)
As Scottsville’s longtime tire cord plant prepares to wrap up sales and close its doors, local and state leaders put their heads together Monday to begin mapping out a plan for the building’s future.

State Debt Woes Grow Too Big to Camouflage (NY Times)
California, New York and other states are showing many of the same signs of debt overload that recently took Greece to the brink — budgets that will not balance, accounting that masks debt, the use of derivatives  to plug holes, and armies of retired public workers who are counting on benefits that are proving harder and harder to pay.

Homeowners balk as property tax bills stay high (USA Today)
Despite a real estate implosion, property tax revenue collected by states and localities actually rose 2.7% last year to $421.8 billion, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Property taxes have been a lifeline for flailing local governments, which collect more than 96%of property taxes. Toss them out, and the remaining sources of state and local tax revenue — including sales and income tax receipts — sank more than 9% last year from 2008.

IPad’s Widely Mocked Name Won’t Stifle Sales (Business Week)
Branding experts say jokes that the iPad sounds like a feminine hygiene product won’t keep women—or men—from buying the Apple tablet.

4 Tips on Managing a Virtual Workforce (Inc.)
These days, it is entirely possible to run a thriving business out of a dozen different cities – with no central office. We talked to many smart CEOs who have ditched formal digs in favor of online communications between employees, periodic productivity check-ins, and a lot more flexibility. They shared lessons they’ve learned along the way, and pointers on how to make a virtual company grow and thrive.

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