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State leaders pitch Virginia investment and trade to foreign dignitaries

Some ambassadors wanted to talk about poultry exports, while others were interested in getting access to natural gas. 

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Massey Energy ordered to pay for ex-CEO's criminal defense

former CEO Donald Blankenship faces federal charges stemming from the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, which killed 29 people in 2010. 

AARP survey: Many generic medicine prices have risen sharply

Generic prices on average are still falling, but about one-fourth of prices rose in the past year, reversing a long-term trend. 

FCC head unveils proposal to narrow 'digital divide'

The proposal Thursday to expand the Lifeline phone program to Internet service aims to narrow the “digital divide” — those with access to the Internet and other modern technologies, and those without.

Long & Foster Real Estate opening office in Staunton

Long & Foster Real Estate, one of the largest independent residential real estate companies in the U.S., is opening an office in Staunton.

Making a smooth financial transition from college to adult life

I remember the moment I made the financial transition from college student to independent adult.

Packaging company Liqui-Box finishes UK plant additions

The Richmond-based company makes bag-in-box flexible packaging for the food and drink industry. 

Weinstein Properties buys Texas apartment community

Weinstein Properties announced Thursday that it has acquired a 396-unit apartment community in Austin, Texas.

U.S. Special Forces motto

The right man in the right place is a devastating weapon.

Working the web: Understanding a customer's journey

To figure out how customers reach a buying decision you must understand their properties, purpose and path.

Is marketing an expense or an investment?

Marketing doesn't depreciate over time, the way equipment does. A marketing budget is spent in the hope of generating a future return. 

Ask Doug & Polly: Can I fire a customer?

In certain cases, yes, but be sure to consider all the implications. 

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She's CEO of Pathwise Partners, an executive coaching and strategic planning firm.

Getting to know: Mary Tucker of Wild Heaven Farm

She's a goat nanny, soap maker and professional cuddler. 

Decision Maker: Becky Clay Christensen

She's director of Community Health Services for the Bon Secours Richmond Health System.

Getting to know: Nate Marcus with PartyRVA

He's the founder of a successful party business.

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It's craftsmanship over showmanship.

- Dr. Thomas Amberry, a 71-year-old who made 2,750 consecutive free throws.

Appeals Court establishes new, more-lenient standard for hostile work environment claims

A former waitress’s hostile work environment and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act against the employer should go to a jury, the Richmond-based federal appellate court has ruled earlier this month in the case of Boyer-Liberto v. Fontainebleau Corp., No. 13-1473 (4th Cir. May 7, 2015) (en banc). The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, in a vote of 12 to 3 overruled previous rulings and held that a single comment or incident can be severe enough to trigger a hostile work environment lawsuit under federal law. This ruling signals a material shift in the way courts analyze employment discrimination claims and will likely make it more difficult for employers to defend against these types of lawsuits.

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