Since the effects of the coronavirus pandemic took hold in mid-March, the number of new unemployment claims filed in one week by Virginians fell to its lowest level during the week ending Nov. 28 .
The Virginia Employment Commission reported Thursday that 8,606 new filings for traditional state unemployment benefits were made during the week, a nearly 30% drop from the week before. The number of Virginians still collecting traditional state jobless benefits week after week dropped 10% to 72,305 during the week.
Metro is preparing to lay off between 1,100 and 1,200 employees in January, according to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications filed in Maryland and Virginia in late November. The job cuts will hit Jan. 23, the first Saturday after the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Unemployment rates continue to improve across the region in the past 30-day reporting period with all localities reporting that its percentage of the unemployed are back in the single digits.
The unemployment figures released by the Virginia Employment Commission show that Martinsville’s rate decreased from 11.4% in September's, to 9.5% at the end or October, but up from 3.9% a year ago.
Dominion Power, which had hoped to invest about $200 million in a power plant at the Southern Virginia Megasite at Berry Hill, has canceled its plans at the site.
"We no longer believe it is possible to build the units planned in Pittsylvania County despite the economic and reliability benefits for our customers," Dominion spokesperson Jeremy L. Slayton wrote in an email to the Danville Register & Bee on Thursday afternoon.
Dominion Energy announced today that they will not be completing their proposed power station project at the Southern Virginia Megasite at Berry Hill, located in Pittsylvania County.
In November 2019, Dominion announced their intentions to build a $200 million peaking plant, which would provide power to the grid to fulfill energy demands during high usage periods.
Much of Virginia’s planned shift to a carbon-free electric grid involves grand plans: turbines sprouting hundreds of feet tall from the ocean waves and solar panels spread across thousands of acres. But another major part of the clean energy transition Virginia and other states are looking to make is often overlooked: energy efficiency.
Unlike wind, solar and storage, in which progress is seen in new construction, new megawatts and new technology, energy efficiency successes are chalked up in terms of absence: projects that no longer have to be built, costs that no longer have to be paid.
Historic preservation need not knock heads with Virginia’s pursuit of solar energy.
If, that is, developers of utility-scale solar plants do their homework, detect trouble spots in advance, collaborate with others, and proceed smartly.
That’s the gist of the advice in a report released today by a trio of heavyweight preservation advocates.
The worst of the pandemic’s effects on Newport News Shipbuilding’s workers and work schedules is over, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ chief financial officer Chris Kastner told security analysts Thursday.
“We’re hitting our milestones,” he said, speaking at Credit Suisse’s annual industrials conference.
Virginia fisheries regulators’ decision to extend the traditional crab pot season into December shouldn’t have a big effect on crab populations, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission’s latest blue crab management plan says.
The commission extended the usual crab pot season by 20 days, until Dec. 19. The season for peeler pots and other commercial crab gears still ended Oct. 31 to protect the juvenile population. The goal of the extension is to make up for losses caused by the pandemic, as social distancing restrictions and stay-at-home orders cut demand at restaurants, the commission plan said.
Amy Littleson, a 2017 University of Richmond graduate who now lives in New York City, grew up visiting Williamsburg. Her godmother lives in Newport News, and Littleson used to run around Colonial Williamsburg with her sister in matching outfits.
. . . When she returned to the area at the end of August for a short trip with her sister Jaqueline, she was happy to see the Historic Triangle again. But as much as she enjoyed it, her trip to Williamsburg wasn’t just for fun — it was a business venture with Visit Williamsburg, for her full-time job as a social media influencer.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees has a new chairwoman. Carly Fiorina has been elected to the position after serving on the board since 2017. . . . Fiorina and her husband moved to Lorton, in Fairfax County, in 2011 after losing a bid to unseat California’s Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Fiorina sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
As Virginia readies to consider the legalization of recreational marijuana, Richmond’s first medical marijuana dispensary is celebrating its opening.
Green Leaf Medical of Virginia opened to the public last week and has already seen over 2,000 customers come through its South Richmond doors.