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Little consensus on Metro funding from regional leaders

Oct 12, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The governors of Maryland and Virginia and the mayor of Washington found little consensus on how to fund the struggling Metro subway system at a regional meeting to discuss economic development.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will join District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan next month to discuss economic issues impacting the Mid-Atlantic region.

The event at the Washington Hilton on Oct. 12 will bring the leaders together to talk about issues like transportation and the Metro, economic development and diversifying the regional economy.

The Capital Region Business Forum is being put on by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Prince George's Chamber of Commerce.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will join District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan next month to discuss economic issues impacting the Mid-Atlantic region.

The event at the Washington Hilton on Oct. 12 will bring the leaders together to talk about issues like transportation and the Metro, economic development and diversifying the regional economy.

The Capital Region Business Forum is being put on by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Washington Board of Trade and Prince George's Chamber of Commerce.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says his delegation has made several successful business transactions with Israeli companies during a weeklong trade mission.

Hogan said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that "there is a real synergy between this nation and our state."

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Wilmington stores that sell alcohol could extend their hours of operation on Sundays if a new ordinance is passed.

The News Journal (http://delonline.us/2crTvRz ) reports that the Wilmington City Council is considering an ordinance that would allow liquor vendors to open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays from October to December. For the remaining months of the year, stores would be allowed to open on Sundays from noon until 5 p.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking his administration's agency heads to suggest where to cut state spending to help bridge an estimated $1.5 billion budget gap.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (goo.gl/GmnQVz) that McAuliffe's chief of staff, Paul Reagan, sent a memo to agency heads asking them to submit proposal of how to cut spending by 5 percent.

The proposals are due Sept. 20.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia wineries sold a record 6.6 million bottles during fiscal 2016.

That's an increase of 6 percent over the previous year and 34 percent over fiscal 2010.

Virginia has 285 wineries, the fifth-most of any state.

The state's cider industry is also growing rapidly. Cider sales in fiscal 2016 were up 52 percent from the previous year, with more than 416,000 cases sold. Virginia has 16 cider producers, the sixth-most of any state.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — United Parcel Service Inc. has announced plans to lay off 160 workers from its Richmond-based UPS Freight unit.

The company said in a statement Tuesday that its freight will continue to operate in Richmond. The layoffs will occur within the next 12 months.

UPS spokesman Glenn Zaccara says the layoffs are necessary to reduce costs and improve operations.

Zaccara says all of the affected employees were notified about the impending layoffs on Tuesday.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is in Colombia for a two-day agricultural trade and marketing mission.

The Democratic governor is joining Agriculture and Forestry Secretary Todd Haymore, other state officials and Virginia agribusinesses and distributors on the trip to Bogota this week.

McAuliffe is meeting with business executives, government officials and others to discuss Virginia exports and bringing new investments to the state. The governor's office says the delegation will attend more than 40 meetings during the trip.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Officials say the Virginia Port Authority failed to meet its financial goals for most of the fiscal year but still achieved financial stability.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2aKnCUG) that lower-than-anticipated shipment volumes are to blame for the drop in revenues.

The authority had faced a $5.5 million deficit earlier in the year. But it was able to break even through some cost-cutting measures.

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