Mon March 30, 2015
Workforce Innovation

Markell to speak at workforce innovation conference

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gov. Jack Markell is taking part in a national conference on workforce innovation in Washington.

Markell was to speak Monday at the Advancing Workforce Innovation forum.

Markell will join the CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards to discuss the successful implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and navigating the challenges state governments face relating to education and workforce development issues.

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Mon March 30, 2015
Dewey Beach-Town Hall

Dewey Beach residents challenge deal to expand Town Hall

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) — Some Dewey Beach residents are accusing town officials of bending the rules in a land deal that could expand Town Hall.

The News Journal reports three property owners filed a complaint with the Delaware Department of Justice over Dewey Beach's purchase of two lots along Coastal Highway for $875,000.

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Thu March 26, 2015
Payday Lending

Va. AG Herring launching effort aimed at predatory lending

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is launching an effort aimed at combatting predatory lending.

Herring announced the move Thursday at a field hearing of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Richmond. The agency announced proposed rules to set standards for the industry.

Herring's office is aiming to develop a plan to revitalize consumer protection efforts by May 1.

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Thu March 26, 2015
Highway Contracts

Va. transportation board awards $174M in contracts

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Commonwealth Transportation Board has awarded 16 contracts for about $174 million in projects.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says the largest of the contracts awarded Wednesday is nearly $39 million for construction of an interchange at the intersection of the U.S. 460 bypass and Route 314 in Blacksburg. That's at the entrance to Virginia Tech.

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Thu March 26, 2015
Payday Lending

Payday lending focus of hearing Thursday in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is conducting a field hearing in Richmond on payday lending.

The hearing Thursday will feature remarks from the bureau's director, Richard Cordray, and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. Consumer groups, advocates for the poor and industry representatives are also expected to speak, as well as members of the public.

Observers say the bureau could issue guidance or possibly proposed regulations for payday lending.

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