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Overtime plan could increase costs for some Richmond-area stores and restaurants

James T. Hatcher III might have to reduce hours of managers at Pleasants Hardware as a result of President Barack Obama’s proposed changes to the overtime pay rules.

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Southern Living Idea House opens outside Charlottesville

Southern Living brought its celebration of life in the South to the debut last weekend of its 2015 Idea House outside Charlottesville.

Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $37B deal

Aetna Inc. will spend about $37 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.

Harney: Lenders go high-tech to spot borrowers' lies

It’s one of the most common lies that homebuyers tell mortgage lenders, and it may be on the upswing: In order to get a lower interest rate and down payment, applicants say they plan to occupy the house as a principal residence when in fact they have no such intention.

Dominion outlines new power plan

The company said federal rules will likely force it to close coal plants and focus more on natural gas and solar in the next 15 years. 

Nonprofit fund manager closes largest deal to date

Money from the fund will be used to help redevelop about 10 properties for low- to moderate-income residents across Virginia, including Richmond's William Byrd apartments..

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Kids and Money: Website teaches young shoppers to mind the fine print

Gerry Barker calls it the biggest lie on the Internet.


Park Sterling Bank opened a branch at 5601 Patterson Ave. in Richmond’s West End. The address was incorrect in a story Thursday on Page D1.

Working the Web: Using buyer personas to understand your customers

Customers make a lot of assumptions about customers. Buyer personas can help you turn assumptions into knowledge.

Hiring in the digital age

Digital tools make it easier than ever to find job candidates, but getting the right candidate is still tough to do.

Labor Law: Disability-related questions for job applicants

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, merely asking a disability-related question during the pre-offer stage is a violation of the law.

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Decision Maker: Terry M. Barrett

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-- Colin Powell


What employers can do to protect employees from heat-related illness

Things are starting to heat up once again in the Commonwealth, and while this means more time at the local pool or splash park for some, the sun and heat can spell danger for workers who are exposed to high temperatures and/or increased heat index. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), thousands of US workers get sick and some die from excessive heat exposure while working outdoors.

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