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Sales tax increase for the Commonwealth of Virginia

July 1, 2013, the state of Virginia will take into effect the House Bill 2313, the Retail Sales and Use Tax rate. The bill will increase funds for the Commonwealth Matt Transit Fund, Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund, the Intercity Passenger Rail Operating and Capital Fund.

Amazon Birthday Gift Via Facebook

Amazon has launched ‘Amazon Birthday Gift’ to make it easier to send gifts to Facebook friends. By going onto

Amazon’s website and connecting it with your Facebook account, Amazon will show you a list of upcoming

birthdays. Electronic Amazon gift cards can be sent in $1, $5, $10, or $25 increments. Mutual friends can be invited

to pitch in with the gift giving. On the receiver’s birthday, the individual can claim their gift via the birthday message

link on their wall.

Farm Fresh Customers can keep "Rounding Up" until April 2.

Farm Fresh Customers can keep "Rounding Up" until April 2.

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – The 11th annual Farm Fresh “Round Up” to support cancer research and treatment at CHKD has been going so well the chain has decided to extend it almost a week, to Saturday, April 2th.

Farm Fresh decided to extend the Round Up due to the overwhelmingly positive response from customers.

The chain-wide, in-store fundraiser was initially scheduled to take place March 9 through March 27. During the Round Up, Farm Fresh customers contribute to CHKD by rounding-up their grocery bill to the next dollar – or contributing even more. Over the last 10 years, customers’ change has added up to substantial donations for CHKD’s cancer program.

Local stylist, still working in her 90s, earns historical marker

NEWPORT NEWS — Madam Annie B. Daniels curls her client's hair, transforming a hairdo one curl at a time. The smoke emanating from the hot curler twists toward the ceiling.

"I can use that electric thing (automatic curler), but in my way of thinking, it doesn't do as good of work," said Daniels, wearing a purple and green patterned dress.

Daniels, in her 90s, still goes to work every day at the beauty school she owns, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sometimes staying later.

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Every morning before work, she said she prays while walking around the Madam Daniels School of Beauty and Culture on Chestnut Avenue. Then she'll step inside, get down on her knees to pray once more, and start her work day.

Daniels won't reveal her age, but she said she feels fine.

"I don't like to talk about it," Daniels said of her age. "It's not important. I feel good.

Newport News treasurer, revenue offices closed early today due to heat

NEWPORT NEWS—A breakdown in the air-conditioning system has left the City Hall of Newport News sweltering this morning, the offices in that building will close early today because of the heat.

City spokeswoman Kim Lee said the building were slated to close at 2 p.m. today. Initial plans called for two offices - the Commissioner of Revenue and the Treasurer - to remain open to accommodate citizens trying to meet Monday's deadline for paying personal property taxes.

Planning commission to discuss proposed Walmart

NEWPORT NEWS — A crucial meeting is coming up to decide the fate of the proposed Walmart at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Mercury Boulevard.

The 150,000 square-foot Walmart would include groceries, garden center and pharmacy as well as the typical items sold at Walmart stores throughout the country.

The planning commission on June 2 will recommend whether to rezone the 26 acres where the Walmart would be located from industrial to commercial. Currently, several light industrial businesses locate on that property, which is behind the What-A-Burger and Super 8 motel, between Jefferson Avenue and the railroad tracks.

The ultimate decision on whether to rezone a property lies with City Council.

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Proponents of the new Walmart say it brings much-needed shopping options to those who live in the south district.