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Workers opt for shared, flexible workspaces Video included

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The days of spending your work day in an office cubicle are changing. As more people are telecommuting, working mobilely, or starting their own businesses, the traditional office space is evolving. Brandon

Snag-a-job: Job hunters need to start looking now

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A recent snag-a-job study reveals good news for those seeking summer employment. A survey of more than 250 companies, large and small, shows they are already hiring - and in some cases, wages have even increased.

Virginia wineries struggle with grape shortage Video included

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The Virginia wine industry is booming, but Virginia wineries are struggling to find enough Virginia grown grapes to meet demand. It's driving up the cost of your glass of vino.

Colonial Shooting Academy expanding to Virginia Beach Video included

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Colonial Shooting Academy in the West End is opening a second location in Virginia Beach. Operators say the expansion is due to a growing interest in firearms and training.

New medical centers aim to speed up emergency wait times

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Seeing a doctor when you're sick or hurt should get a little faster. Local hospital systems are adding urgent care and emergency centers.

Jobs growing in GIS technology at 35%, schools offering programs

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Is your high school or college student looking for a career with plenty of jobs? J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College says one of the fastest growing job markets is in GIS technology, the technology used in applications like GPS and Google Maps.

State, CCIA encourage taxpayers to use Free File

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If you're struggling to make ends meet, the state wants to help you file your taxes for free.

Local payment company expanding, hiring

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If you pay your bills electronically, you probably enjoy saving the time and cost of mailing out checks. But many businesses haven't been able to do that until now, thanks to a new local company.

Vanquish Restaurant & Ultra Lounge opens on East Main Street

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A new restaurant and night club just opened this week. Vanquish Restaurant and Ultra Lounge is at 1005 East Main Street.

Tech contractor buys former school site in Dinwiddie

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Technology contractor Elite Contracting Group has bought the former Rohoic Elementary School site on Route 460.

Holiday jobs still available in Central VA

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Christmas is just three weeks away. You might think it's too late to get a holiday job to pay for all those gifts you're buying. We discovered there are many local companies still hiring seasonal and permanent employees.

Local business & family ties to USS Gerald Ford

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The newest aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Gerald Ford, was just christened in Newport News. But this state-of-the-art ship has Richmond connections. A local company is supplying some important parts.

Local start-up Gandzee featured on "Katie" show

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A Henrico entrepreneur was just featured on the "Katie" show today. Her children's clothing company Gandzee was a finalist on Katie Couric's "Mother of Invention" competition.

Smithfield sale could spur more Chinese investment

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Now that Chinese company Shuanghui International has bought Smithfield Foods, experts predict more Chinese companies will invest in U.S. food production. China is struggling to produce enough food to feed its 1.4 billion people.

Inside RVA Companies to Watch

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Richmond Venture Forum announced its annual list of RVA Companies to Watch. These are start-up businesses that they believe will eventually have a big impact on the Richmond economy. Here's a look inside two of those companies and what makes them stand out.

Repair.com aims to save time, money on appliance repairs

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Have you waited hours for a repairman to arrive to fix an appliance? Have you paid more than you think you should? A new company is test marketing in Richmond. Repair.com says it can save you time and money.

Major banks laying off mortgage employees

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Major banks are laying off thousands of employees who handle mortgages nationwide right now. Meantime, foreclosures just shot up in Richmond and Virginia.

Step-by-step guide on Healthcare Reform Law

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The Retail Merchants Association offers free classes on the Healthcare Reform Law. We sat in on the class for you, and broke it down into five easy steps.

Lice removal: a growing industry

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Nit picking is becoming big business. More businesses are opening in Richmond and around the country to combat lice, the creepy crawlers that plague the scalps of school children. And treating the insects has gone high tech.

Cyber Accelerator to help launch cyber security businesses

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The Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon is starting a new project today. Mach37 is designed to help launch new cyber security businesses. And a Richmond man is one of the entrepreneurs involved.

More 'pop-up' stores popping up around Richmond

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More and more "pop-up" shops and restaurants are popping up in Richmond and around the country.

Philip Morris USA celebrates 40th anniversary of Richmond plant

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Philip Morris USA, the country's leading cigarette manufacturer, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Richmond manufacturing center. We sat down with the company's CEO to talk about the impact Philip Morris has had on the community, and what its future holds.

Richmond has record year in tourism

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Richmond just had its best year ever in tourism, according to Richmond Region Tourism. And it's off to a strong start this year with the Redskins Training Camp.

GRTC buses & airport shuttles convert to CNG

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If you listen closely, it's a little quieter in Richmond, and the air is a little cleaner. GRTC buses and the Richmond Airport shuttles are converting to CNG, compressed natural gas.

Kiva helping local entrepreneurs raise funds

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Local start-up businesses are about to start growing, $25 at a time. Kiva, the non-profit crowdfunding website, just expanded into Richmond.

Businesses feeling impact of Affordable Care Act

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The Affordable Care Act is intended to provide health insurance for everyone and reduce healthcare costs. But some local businesses say their expenses are already going up even though the requirement to provide insurance has been delayed.

Local businesses giving foster children work experience

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Children who grow up in the foster system may not have the chance to get that first job, important work experience before becoming adults. United Methodist Family Services is partnering with local businesses to give foster children that opportunity.

Housing market starting to recover

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If you're looking to buy or sell a home, the housing market is finally starting to bounce back. Prices are up, and buyers are bidding. But is it the best time to jump in? Here's what local experts have to say.

Saving grocery money: the real shelf-life of foods

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Your family throws away up to $2,275 a year in food, according to the National Resources Defense Council. That's money you could save if you knew the "real" shelf-life of your food. It's longer than most food is dated.

Comeback of the Doughnut: Are they the new cupcake?

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The dough is rising in Richmond. More and more doughnut shops are popping up. Are doughnuts the new cupcake?

Survey reveals need to attract young professionals

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As more baby boomers retire, Richmond faces a challenge: competing with other cities to attract and keep young professionals to fill the jobs left vacant.

Goodwill opens updated Community Employment Center

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Goodwill opened its newly renovated Community Employment Center today.

Union moving mortgage office to Innsbrook; adding jobs

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This week, Union First Market Bankshares announced that it plans to buy StellarOne Bank. Now Union is making another move and it's creating jobs.

Union First Market Bankshares buying StellarOne

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Union First Market Bank has just announced it is buying StellarOne, making it the largest community bank in Virginia, with combined assets of $7.1 billion.

New center helping women's businesses grow

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In Virginia, women are starting new businesses 1.5 times more often then men, according to the Small Business Administration. That's why the SBA just opened the Center for Women's Enterprise, to help women grow their companies and overcome challenges.

Cell phone repair industry ringing in the clumsy

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Have you broken your expensive smart phone, tablet or iPod? You probably didn't feel so smart. But you're not alone. The business of repairing cell phones is booming to the tune of one billion dollars a year. Here's some advice on when to fix it, when to forget it, and how to avoid breaking it in the first place.

Michael and Son renovates former Wyeth building

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Heating and air company Michael and Son Services is breathing new life into a historic building that's been vacant for years.

Minacs opens call center in Henrico

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Minacs, the company opening a new call center in Henrico, held it's grand opening today.

Construction begins on Marriott and First Freedom Center

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After years of drawing plans and getting permits, construction is finally starting on a new Marriott hotel and religious freedom center. The project is being built at the corner of 14th and Cary Streets in Shockoe Slip. It's a $30 million endeavor expected to create hundreds of jobs.

College grads face better job market, but more loan debt

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Commencement is this weekend for VCU and the University of Richmond. The job market for this year's college grads is a little better than last year, but defaults on student loans have spiked this year.

Jobs that companies struggle to fill

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It may be hard to believe in this tough job market, but there are many companies that are struggling to fill positions. The reason: not enough qualified applicants, according to a new study by the National Federation of Independent Business.

New book recommends you "Forget the Resume" to get a job

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Have you been looking for a job without success? A new book, Forget the Resume, says traditional methods may not be working and recommends a totally different approach.

Summer Jobs: Companies that are hiring now

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Do you have a high school or college student who needs a job this summer? Good news: a Snagajob survey shows employers plan to hire more seasonal workers this year and pay more money.

Goodwill's "Beyond Jobs" helps women beyond the job search

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Imagine having a life coach who helps you find a job, balance your budget, find child care, even drive you to work if you need it.

High tech company bringing 250 jobs to Henrico

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A high tech company is moving into Henrico's West End and bringing 250 new jobs. It's setting up a call center in the former Circuit City headquarters, where Allianz Global Assistance recently moved in.

Blue Bell Ice Cream opens Richmond distribution center

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You're about to see a new ice cream in some grocery stores, and it's creating some new jobs. Blue Bell Ice Cream is opening a distribution center in Richmond and breaking into the Virginia market.

Flying Squirrels hiring 50 to work at Diamond

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This evening, the Richmond Flying Squirrels will start hiring about 50 more people at a job fair for their upcoming baseball season. The season opener is in three weeks.

Telecommuting increasing in Virginia

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Yahoo and Best Buy have just called their telecommuting employees back into the office. But more Virginia companies are letting their employees telecommute. Now Capital One is hiring people specifically to work from home.

Richmond entrepreneurs getting "leg up" from Spanx

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Two women entrepreneurs in Richmond are getting a "leg up" from the Spanx company. They just won a national contest to have their product featured in the catalog for Spanx, the billion dollar women's shapewear company.

GA passes bill to increase high school to work programs

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Your high schooler could be closer to getting a job right out of school. The General Assembly has passed a bill to help students who are not college bound to get apprenticeships that lead to jobs.

Home Depot betting on home improvement growth

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Home Depot plans to hire 80,000 seasonal workers nationwide this year. That's ten thousand more than last year. The company is confident more homeowners will invest in home improvement this year. Is it a sign of an improving economy?

Richmond 2015 helping businesses prepare for 450,000 race fans

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450,000 visitors are expected when Richmond hosts the 2015 UCI Road Cycling World Championships. Organizers have just launched a program to help businesses cash in on the boom in customers.

GA considers increasing tax credit for job retraining

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The General Assembly is considering increasing a tax credit to help manufacturing workers get advanced training.

Job Fair for Veterans on January 31

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Military veterans who are looking for jobs have a big opportunity next week. And efforts like Hiring Our Heroes to reduce high veteran unemployment are reporting progress so far.

GA considers requiring ID scans at pawn shops

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The next time you sell something at a pawn shop, you may face more security checks. The General Assembly is considering a bill to crack down on stolen goods at pawn shops. But will it mean more expense for pawn shops?

 

Skills to help you avoid being laid off

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Both Allianz Global Assistance and DuPont just laid off many local workers last week. The fear of layoffs has workers in every industry asking how they can become more valuable to their employers to avoid being downsized. We sought advice from an expert on how to help protect your position.

Craft beer breweries pouring into Central Virginia

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Since the state passed a law this year allowing breweries to sell you a pint on site, the craft brew beer industry has boomed in Greater Richmond and in Virginia. And it's creating jobs.

Your Chow Hound app for grocery store meals to-go

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You're driving around, taking your kids to soccer practice, picking up the dry cleaning, and shopping for the holidays. No time to make dinner? Now there's a local app that lets you order healthier meals on the go.

Accountants suggest tax saving strategies

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If Congress doesn't agree on a way to extend the Bush era tax cuts January first, your taxes will go up. That has many people and accountants looking at ways to save money on taxes.

Culinary school enrollment and job opportunities rising

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Since the recession began, enrollment in culinary schools has shot up. But food service is a tough business, long hours, and often low pay. So why are so many people paying big bucks to break in?

Central Virginia businesses brace for fiscal cliff consequences

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Virginia, with its high number of federal employees and contractors, could be one of the hardest hit states if Congress does not find a solution to the fiscal cliff. That's the looming cuts to defense and federal spending and expiring Bush-era income and capital gains tax cuts.

How to detect a pyramid or Ponzi scheme

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Two million people fell for the ZeekRewards Penny Auction, which investigators call a $600 million dollar Ponzi scheme.

Local businesses getting boost from Richmond 2015

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Some local businesses are starting to reap the reward of Richmond hosting the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. They've just won bids to provide services to the cycling event.

Will patent law changes help businesses grow?

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Businesses have faced years of delays getting their inventions patented due to a backlog in the U.S. Patent Office. But patent law is about to change and speed things up.

Start-ups find success through F-Commerce

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Facebook launched F-Commerce, or storefront pages where you can buy things from businesses, a few years ago. It started to look like a flop when some major retailers shut down their pages. But now smaller companies and start-ups are finding success through this new way of doing business.

Lingerie store for all sizes opens in Carytown

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A new store called Fiamour Lingerie opens today in Carytown.

RVA Creates asks you to vote for best Richmond commercial

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You can vote right now on an ad to air on TV to entice people to visit downtown Richmond. RVA Creates is holding a contest for the best commercial promoting all that downtown has to offer,  NBC 12 is proud to be a partner.

Byrd Theatre plans to appeal $750,000 court verdict

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The historic Byrd Theatre in Carytown plans to appeal the $750,000 award a jury decided it should pay an injured organ repairman.

Byrd Theatre faces $5 million lawsuit

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Carytown's historic Byrd Theatre goes to trial tomorrow, faced with a $5 million lawsuit. An organ repairman sued the theatre after an accident that he says left him blind in one eye.

Local investors feel duped by suspected ZeekRewards Ponzi scheme

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People in Chesterfield, and around the world, are worried they will lose their money after putting their money in what they thought was the investment of a lifetime.

RTD offers start-ups a place to start

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The Richmond Times-Dispatch is getting into the entrepreneur business. The newspaper is inviting start-up companies to share office space in their building, hoping to help the ventures grow.

Natural gas trash trucks expected to cut pollution & costs

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The City of Richmond is going green in the way it picks up trash. The City bought 25 trash trucks that run on cleaner burning compressed natural gas. Officials say it will save $250,000 a year. And soon GRTC buses will run on CNG, too.

Exotic foods not foreign anymore

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Do you eat foods today that you thought you'd never eat, like humus or jicama? Foods once considered exotic are now on our dinner tables and becoming multi-million dollar industries.

Google Street View moves inside businesses

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Google's Street View panoramic images of streets are moving indoors. The search engine is now posting panoramic views of the interiors of businesses.

More college students turn to food stamps

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Rising tuition, climbing expenses, and a lack of jobs are putting the pinch on college students.

Fundroom.com looks to match investors with start-ups

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A start-up business is hoping to start-up investment in other small businesses. A Richmond-based web company called FundRoom.com matches entrepreneurs with angel investors.

Restaurateurs turning to kitchen rental

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Ever wonder where lunchtime food trucks make their food? Or where cupcake shops make their treats? The recession has cooked up a growing industry: kitchens for rent. They allow start-up businesses and restaurateurs to cook their fare until they can afford a kitchen of their own.

Companies opting for fun, creative offices

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Tired of staring at the walls of your cubicle at work? Are you stuck in a beige office with no windows? Those days are over for more and more companies. They're following a new trend of designing fun, even zany, work spaces.

Companies launch more personalized advertising

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Companies are taking advertising to new levels. They're getting to know you, even getting you to do some advertising for them. And they're using social media to do it.

Hot jobs: Companies hiring right now

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Looking for a job? Get a pen and paper. We went digging and found the local companies that are doing some serious hiring right now. Here are the hot jobs and how to get one.

Cantor pushes for Small Business Tax Cut Act

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Virginia Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is leading the push for a 20% tax cut for small businesses. The House just passed the Small Business Tax Cut Act last week, now it goes to the Senate. Supporters hope it will enable companies to create jobs.

Program helped laid-off workers create 62 new businesses

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Many people who were laid off in the recession had more than 20 years of experience in their fields and have found it hard to find jobs with comparable salaries. The Community College Workforce Alliance developed a program that helped some of those workers become entrepreneurs and 62 new small businesses have resulted in greater Richmond.

Richmond B&B named in top 25 by TripAdvisor

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Travel website TripAdvisor has named a bed and breakfast here in Richmond as one of the top 25 in the country. It's Maury Place on West Franklin Street. The B&B was opened just a few years ago by two men who were looking for a complete career change.

Saving cash: Ashland company sells used cameras

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If you're thinking of buying a camera before your spring break vacation, a local company can save you hundreds of dollars. An Ashland couple has grown from selling used cameras from their home on eBay, to becoming one of the largest used camera dealers in the country.

MWV opens pilot plant in Eastern Henrico, adds 114 jobs

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MeadWestvaco has opened a new pilot plant in Eastern Henrico and added 114 jobs in the Richmond area.

Vasectomy Madness: procedures rise during March Madness

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Basketball fans are looking for any excuse to be able to stay home from work and watch March Madness. So how far would you go to skip work? Would you or your husband have a vasectomy? Some men are!

Bee shortage costing farmers, prompt state incentives

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Spring is coming, the season of the birds and the bees. But there will be fewer bees this year. The bee population worldwide has been shrinking for years. That's forcing local farmers to pay tens of thousands of dollars to rent bees to pollinate their crops.

Fareva plans to expand and create more jobs

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A few months ago, a French company crossed the Atlantic and saved 500 local jobs after Pfizer announced it would close it's Eastern Henrico plant. That company, Fareva, is now in full production, with plans to grow and add more jobs.

How clean is your hotel room?

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When you check into a hotel, you may not be able to assume it's completely clean and safe. Just like NBC12 looks at restaurant health inspections, this time we checked out hotel inspections by the State Health Department.

State Senate forwards Amazon bill to the House

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To the shock of many retailers, the Virginia Senate passed the "Amazon Bill" Friday. The bill would force the online retailer to collect sales tax on items you buy. That means you'll have to pay that 5%. Local stores say it's about time.

Roll-Your-Own cigarette shops: self-service or manufacturing?

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Small businesses have popped up where smokers can make their own cigarettes for a lot less money than buying them in a store. But Richmond based Philip Morris is backing a bill in the general assembly to get these Roll-Your-Own companies to pay the same percentage of taxes that they do.

Legal Aid budget cuts lead to layoffs

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An organization that helps low-income people fight their legal battles is facing layoffs and cuts. The Legal Aid Society budget has been slashed, cutting the number of people they can help.

Treatment center closing will mean loss of 900 jobs

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Plans to close four treatment centers will mean thousands of lost jobs -- hundreds of them in the Dinwiddie area.

Work Share proposal aimed at saving jobs

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The General Assembly is considering a bill to create a new form of unemployment insurance to help save jobs.

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