Herndon officials consider regulations to reduce day laborers

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Herndon officials are considering regulations that would make town inhospitable for day laborers who gather on sidewalks and streets, waiting for work. Last year, officials closed down a controversial day laborer site. Proposed regulations include banning alcohol sales downtown, increasing zoning enforcement and removing pay phones that many workers use to call their home countries. (The Washington Post

University of Richmond professor Dean Croushore has been named interim director of Real-Time Data Research Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The center will study the difference between preliminary economic data used to make monetary policy decision and the revised data to determine any patterns. (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Volvo announced it will move manufacturing of Mack trucks from Dublin to Pennsylvania as part of the company’s streamlining process. No lay offs were announced, although the company said it was possible some of the plants 1,400-employee work force could be affected by the move. (The Roanoke Times)

Eugene P. Trani, president of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, will leave his office on July 1, 2009, a year earlier than previously announced. VCU is Virginia’s largest university with more than 32,000 students and 17,000 faculty and staff at the main campus and the VCU Health System. The Board of Visitors developed a succession plan in the spring which called for a national search for the next president, and will review that plan at a meeting next week. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia Beach-based Amerigroup will pay a $225 million to settle a lawsuit that alleges it defrauded the Illinois Medicaid program by not enrolling women and unhealthy patients who are more costly to treat. (The Virginian-Pilot

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Ritchie-Curbow Construction, a Newport News construction and development firm, bought a three-story office building in Oyster Point formerly occupied by Symantec for $11.2 million. Symantec closed its offices in the spring of 2007. The facility is located strategically near the City Center development, the Jefferson Lab, and the Patrick Henry shopping corridor. (Daily Press)

DynCorp International Inc., a Falls Church-based contractor for the defense and government sectors, received a $40 million contract from the Army Corps of Engineers to construct a garrison facility for the Afghanistan National Army in Jalalabad. The company will provide design and construction services for the project which will include a helipad, medical clinic, headquarters center, barracks and underground facilities. The contract is an expansion of a contract awarded to the company in December 2007. (Business Wire)

Dominion Retail, an energy marketing subsidiary of Richmond’s Dominion Inc., bought Cirro Energy, a retail power provider headquartered in Richardson, Texas. After the deal closes Dominion Retail will provide energy and related services to 1.7 million customers in 12 states, including electricity customers in Texas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Maine, New York, and Maryland. Cirro will become a subsidiary of Dominion Retail and maintain its operations in Texas. (PRNewswire)

Robert Brown & Associates, a Norfolk real estate developer sold the Williamsburg Marketcenter to Richard Waitzer, a Virginia Beach investor, for $23.8 million. The retail center was developed in 2006 and is anchored by Home Depot, Petco, Ross Dress for Less and Ukrop’s. (Daily Press)


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