Charlottesville, Albemarle officials consider increasing sales tax for transportation projects

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Charlottesville and Albemarle officials are considering raising the regional sales tax to pay for transportation projects in legislation that requires approval by the General Assembly. The legislation would raise the local sales tax by 1 percent to pay for transit and transportation projects. (Daily Progress

Airlines have cut 12.5 percent of their flights out of Norfolk International Airport in the past year. But compared to other small airports, Norfolk is doing well. (The Virginian-Pilot)

Engineers for Norfolk Southern are receiving a 19 percent raise under a six-year labor contract with Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. The company employs about 5,000 engineers. (Daily Press)

For the Record

Tourism dollars spent in the Charlottesville area increased 6.7 percent to $435 million in 2007, according to a report from the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau. The area’s tourism spending supported 4,957 jobs with $85 million in wages. The bureau also reported the generation of $15 million in local taxes. The state’s tourism industry as a whole generated $1.2 billion in state and local tax dollars during 2007. (Daily Progress)

Reinhart FoodService LLC, of La Crosse, Wis., bought Suffolk-based food distributor Supreme Foods Inc. which will operate under its own name as a division of Reinhart. Brothers Michael and David Dilday will continue to run operations at Supreme which was bought by their parents, Jesse and Bernice Dilday, in 1973 when it was Melchiorre Foods Inc. The name was changed in 1974. (The Virginian-Pilot)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Advance Auto Parts Inc., a Roanoke auto parts retailer, charging discrimination against a black former employee in Pennsylvania. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleges Advance failed to investigate complaints by Matthew Osley of Bethlehem, Pa. who was forced to leave his job as operations manager at a Kutztown, Pa., warehouse facility because of racial comments and treatment by a manager. The suit contents Osley complained to several company managers about the situation but was ultimately given a 30-day unreasonable performance improvement plan. (The Roanoke Times)

Philanthropist Doris Buffett, of Fredericksburg, gave the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program $30 million to continue scholarship assistance for survivors of domestic violence. WISP, based in Wilmington, N.C., began in 1999 through Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation. Grants pay for tuition, books and expenses, such as child care and transportation, for women who have left abusive partners. The program has aided 900 women across the country. Buffett’s donation has given WISP the opportunity to form its own foundation outside the Sunshine Lady Foundation. (Free-Lance Star)

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