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Starlight sold: New owner bets on bus travel (The Hook)
For six years, the Starlight Express, brainchild of entrepreneurs Oliver Kuttner and David New, has ferried passengers to New York City and back. The two have sold their locally grown bus service to Ruckersville-based A. Goff Limo, and the new owner stands ready to get in Amtrak’s face for Charlottesville-to-NYC travelers.

High-tech health care (Roanoke Times)
The Blacksburg company Zolstice is creating an electronic system to standardize how pediatric medications are given.

Mounting Debts by States Stoke Fears of Crisis (NY Times)
State budget imbalances remind some analysts of the run-up to the subprime mortgage meltdown, or of the crisis hitting Europe.

N.C. contractor uses a sign to turn away job-seekers (Virginian-Pilot)
Griffith said he has been inundated with the pleas of unemployed construction workers desperate for a paycheck – and, no doubt, too enticed by the humming of power tools not to inquire. Sympathetic but frustrated by the disruptions, Griffith has posted a large sign with a clear message. The sign, in the shape of a circle, encases the word HELP with a red line slashing through it.

Questions Over Plan to Boost Lending (WSJ)
The Obama administration’s latest attempt to jump-start small-business lending is facing headwinds even before it launches.

2010: The Year in Innovation (Inc.)
A look at fascinating breakthroughs that promise to slash automobile emissions, make harnessing the sun’s power less costly, and even help kids learn how to ride bikes.

Repeal of Health Law’s ‘Onerous’ Business-Expenses Rule Fails (Business Week)
The U.S. Senate failed today to adopt language that would have repealed a rule, created by the health-care overhaul law, requiring businesses to report annual expenses to individual vendors in excess of $600.

Starlight sold: New owner bets on bus travel (The Hook)
For six years, the Starlight Express, brainchild of entrepreneurs Oliver Kuttner and David New, has ferried passengers to New York City and back. The two have sold their locally grown bus service to Ruckersville-based A. Goff Limo, and the new owner stands ready to get in Amtrak’s face for Charlottesville-to-NYC travelers.

High-tech health care (Roanoke Times)
The Blacksburg company Zolstice is creating an electronic system to standardize how pediatric medications are given.

Mounting Debts by States Stoke Fears of Crisis (NY Times)
State budget imbalances remind some analysts of the run-up to the subprime mortgage meltdown, or of the crisis hitting Europe.

N.C. contractor uses a sign to turn away job-seekers (Virginian-Pilot)
Griffith said he has been inundated with the pleas of unemployed construction workers desperate for a paycheck – and, no doubt, too enticed by the humming of power tools not to inquire. Sympathetic but frustrated by the disruptions, Griffith has posted a large sign with a clear message. The sign, in the shape of a circle, encases the word HELP with a red line slashing through it.

Questions Over Plan to Boost Lending (WSJ)
The Obama administration’s latest attempt to jump-start small-business lending is facing headwinds even before it launches.

2010: The Year in Innovation (Inc.)
A look at fascinating breakthroughs that promise to slash automobile emissions, make harnessing the sun’s power less costly, and even help kids learn how to ride bikes.

Repeal of Health Law’s ‘Onerous’ Business-Expenses Rule Fails (Business Week)
The U.S. Senate failed today to adopt language that would have repealed a rule, created by the health-care overhaul law, requiring businesses to report annual expenses to individual vendors in excess of $600.

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