Roanoke increases meals tax by 2% (Roanoke Times)
The Roanoke City Council voted unanimously Monday to raise the city’s meals tax by 2 cents on the dollar, with that money pledged to fund public schools.
Engineering firm acquires Beach architecture company (Virginian-Pilot)
An architecture company known for designing office buildings and developments across the region has been acquired by a Glen Allen-based engineering firm, the companies announced Monday.
In Virginia, mixed reaction to decision to allow offshore drilling (Washington Post)
Most Virginia leaders — regardless of political party — have expressed interest in drilling, saying production would bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to the financially strapped state.
Death Toll Hits 25 in blast at Massey mine (NY Times)
The accident in West Virginia was the worst in an American mine since Dec. 19, 1984, when 27 workers died in a fire at the Wilberg Mine in Orangeville, Utah.
Feeling Blue About Pink-Slip Taxes (WSJ)
With unemployment taxes increasing, more small-business owners may be motivated to appeal claims for jobless benefits filed by former employees who quit or were fired for cause—but such appeals can sometimes backfire.
Improve Your Hiring Practices (Inc.)
Think you know what works when hiring a new employee? Experts say think again. Most managers skimp on time and energy needed to find the best candidates for a job. Here’s how to do it right.