NewsFeed 5.18.10

Henrico Pfizer plant shutting down, 550 jobs will go away (Times-Dispatch)
New York-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc., announced yesterday that it would wind down manufacturing operations — and eliminate 550 jobs — in eastern Henrico County as part of a companywide restructuring. In addition to the 472,000-square-foot plant, Pfizer is planning to sell a 286,000-square-foot building next door that formerly was a distribution site but now is a warehouse and houses some support staff who may be moved to the Sherwood Avenue site.

Environmentalist, investor in power struggle with Dominion (Virginian-Pilot)
Ruth McElroy Amundsen wants Dominion – and the world – to more aggressively develop renewable energy supplies, such as wind, solar and biomass, instead of relying on traditional fossil fuels that dirty the environment and are linked by most scientists to climate change. Her distaste for Dominion is what drove her to invest in the company. As a stockholder, she is allowed to attend annual shareholder meetings and introduce resolutions that can push the conglomerate in new directions.

Congressional candidate’s column mirrors columnist’s (Daily Progress)
An opinion piece by congressional candidate Feda Kidd Morton published in February contains at least eight passages with no attribution that mirror or closely resemble those in an article written by a syndicated columnist.

Hotel developers rush to meet deadline (Roanoke Times)
The Cambria Suites hotel in Roanoke must be ready for customers by Thursday night or lose $1 million in grants.

Toughest test comes after graduation: Getting a job (USA Today)
Fewer than half of employers — 44% — plan to hire recent college grads in 2010, according to a CareerBuilder survey. That’s about the same as last year but down from 58% in 2008 and 79% in 2007.

For oil rig workers, risk comes with paychecks (LA Times)
Blue-collar offshore drilling jobs have salaries that are hard to match. Survivors of the Gulf of Mexico disaster must decide if the money is worth the danger.

Henrico Pfizer plant shutting down, 550 jobs will go away (Times-Dispatch)
New York-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc., announced yesterday that it would wind down manufacturing operations — and eliminate 550 jobs — in eastern Henrico County as part of a companywide restructuring. In addition to the 472,000-square-foot plant, Pfizer is planning to sell a 286,000-square-foot building next door that formerly was a distribution site but now is a warehouse and houses some support staff who may be moved to the Sherwood Avenue site.

Environmentalist, investor in power struggle with Dominion (Virginian-Pilot)
Ruth McElroy Amundsen wants Dominion – and the world – to more aggressively develop renewable energy supplies, such as wind, solar and biomass, instead of relying on traditional fossil fuels that dirty the environment and are linked by most scientists to climate change. Her distaste for Dominion is what drove her to invest in the company. As a stockholder, she is allowed to attend annual shareholder meetings and introduce resolutions that can push the conglomerate in new directions.

Congressional candidate’s column mirrors columnist’s (Daily Progress)
An opinion piece by congressional candidate Feda Kidd Morton published in February contains at least eight passages with no attribution that mirror or closely resemble those in an article written by a syndicated columnist.

Hotel developers rush to meet deadline (Roanoke Times)
The Cambria Suites hotel in Roanoke must be ready for customers by Thursday night or lose $1 million in grants.

Toughest test comes after graduation: Getting a job (USA Today)
Fewer than half of employers — 44% — plan to hire recent college grads in 2010, according to a CareerBuilder survey. That’s about the same as last year but down from 58% in 2008 and 79% in 2007.

For oil rig workers, risk comes with paychecks (LA Times)
Blue-collar offshore drilling jobs have salaries that are hard to match. Survivors of the Gulf of Mexico disaster must decide if the money is worth the danger.

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