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Consumer Reports - Is there a cure for high drug prices?

The practice of raising drug prices on new — and old — medications is common and widespread.

Local Business News

Spirited growth plans: Manchester's Belle Isle Craft Spirits is expanding

As moonshine operations go, Belle Isle Craft Spirits seems adequately hidden away, inconspicuously residing in a rugged-looking, former mail-sorting building in the Manchester District of South Richmond.

Notable gifts: August 28

The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association has donated $75,000 to Neighbors Loving Neighbors, a relief fund set up to help those affected by the June flooding of Greenbrier County, W.Va.

Amid calls for tax reform, venture capitalists must prove they’re special

Venture capitalists are now the ones making a pitch.

Honors for Aug. 29

Bill Holmes has been inducted into the Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association (VAMMHA) Hall of Fame by the Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association.

Gubernatorial appointments to boards and commissions for Aug. 29

Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced the following appointments:

Patent Focus for Aug. 29: recent local patents awarded

The following shows recent patents awarded to people or companies in central Virginia. Listed are the name of patent, the patent number, name of the local inventor and his or her locality, the patent assignee, and a brief description of the patent from an abstract. The information comes from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Insider Periscope for Aug. 29

Trades by directors and officers are sometimes made according to an advance written trading plan.

Associations for Aug. 29

New officers and members on the board of directors for 2016-17 of the Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association are: chair, Jimmy Russell with Valley Custom Homes in Harrisonburg; vice chair, Alex Montagnet with Schult Homes in Rockwell, N.C.; treasurer, Randy Grumbine with Clayton Homes of Roanoke; and secretary, Joe Manis with Manis/Crestline Custom Builders in Laurinburg, N.C.; Scott Boehm with Clayton Homes of Harrisonburg; Darrell Herndon with Clayton Homes in Maryville, Tenn.; Britt Kelly with Clayton Homes of Harrisonburg; Stan Rush with VBS Mortgage in Harrisonburg; Jimmy Russell with Valley Custom Homes in Harrisonburg; and Rob Rutherford with Pro-Tech Builders in Lynchburg.

Leading-Edge Law: Plagiarism versus copyright - how does that affect your next business presentation

Remember the controversy over whether Melania Trump plagiarized a speech by Michelle Obama when Trump gave her speech at the Republican National Convention?

Working the Web: CRM and digital adoption to increase in 2017

In the last 15 years, digital marketing budgets have gone from table scraps to approaching the lion’s share. This is due, in large part, to shifts in consumer attention and innovations in digital technology.

Business Principles 101: Be happy. Do what you love and what you are good at doing.

You will likely spend more hours working than doing anything else except sleeping. In my latest book “Finding a Career for Life, the Road to the Top,” which is written to help young adults make better career choices, I suggest that the foundation of their career path should be doing what they love and what they are good at doing.

More Learning Center
Decision Maker for Aug. 29: Gordon N. Dixon Jr. with Associated General Contractors of Virginia

New position: chief executive officer, Associated General Contractors of Virginia. I am charged with defining roles, assigning accountability and managing risk for the leading commercial contracting association in Virginia representing 600 firms employing 40,000 workers.

Getting to know: David Fleming with Donate Life America

Title: President and CEO of Donate Life America, a Richmond-based nonprofit national organ donation registry

Getting to know: Michael Thaler with Equity Concepts

Title: founder, partner and wealth manager of Equity Concepts LLC, a wealth management and financial services firm based in Henrico County with an office in Carytown and two in Altoona, Pa.

Decision Maker: Roy Huhta with West Cary Group

New position: Chief product officer, West Cary Group

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Stay self-funded as long as possible.

— Garrett Camp, founder, Uber



Should I compare my portfolio to the S&P 500?

This question is on the minds of many investors.  I would suggest that we broaden the question to how should I measure your portfolio.  There are three measurements to utilize.

Verdicts versus Settlements: What Does the Public Get to Know?

Did you know that the vast majority of civil cases settle and never go to trial? Many settled cases also are subject to confidentiality agreements - meaning that the names of the parties or the details of the case or the settlement - will not be shared with the public. On the other hand, if a case goes to trial (unless the case involves a juvenile or is put under seal), the public generally can know the case details - including the outcome if the case goes to verdict.

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