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Virginia Struggles with Renewable-Energy Movement

As Maryland and Washington, D.C., offer tax breaks or grants to residents for solar panels, wind turbines or geothermal units, Virginia has not yet become an active part of the renewable-energy movement, according to The Washington Business Journal. Maryland has been offering solar and geothermal grants for five years, lifting the cap for individual awards to $10,000 last July and quickly

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Virginia House Votes Against Unemployment Benefits

The Virginia House has rejected a measure that would have expanded unemployment benefits, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch. As a result, Virginia has forfeited $125 million in federal stimulus funds. The measure involved amendments from Gov. Timothy Kaine (D-Va.) that would have made part-time workers eligible for unemployment benefits in Virginia and extended the time period for people to receive

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Region’s Jobless Rate Soars

Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., continued to rapidly shed jobs in February with Washington, D.C.’s unemployment rate nearing 10 percent, according to The Washington Post. The unemployment rate in Washington, D.C., rose to 9.9 percent in February from 9.2 percent in January despite the fact that the area’s growing federal work force has helped protect it from the full effect of

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Rebuilding Together™ Montgomery County Seeks Volunteers

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is preparing for National Rebuilding Day April 25 and looking for local roofing companies to get involved during the weekend of April 25-26. Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that repairs the homes of low-income homeowners—primarily the elderly, disabled, veterans and families with children. Projects planned for April 25-26 include: Repairing a metal

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