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03-28-17
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Cupcake bakery opening downtown this summer (Fred.com)
An Alexandria-based cupcake bakery is opening a downtown Fredericksburg location.

Military Police Supply opening Spotsy manufacturing facility (Fred.com)
A manufacturer of military and police vehicles is setting up shop in Spotsylvania County.

Students learn about community banking at Virginia Partners Bank (Fred.com)
On Bank Day, Virginia high school seniors spend a day in banks across the the state, shadowing bankers in their daily duties to learn about banking, financial services and the role banks play in their communities.

Fredericksburg's City Council seeks VDOT funding to spruce up downtown (Fred.com)
Fredericksburg's City Council wants to spruce up sections of downtown with new LED street lights, brick sidewalks and curb cuts. A public hearing on the request will be held Tuesday evening.

Residents can sound off Tuesday on Spotsy's proposed budget (Fred.com)
Residents who think Spotsylvania leaders need to contribute more money to public schools, reduce taxes or otherwise change the county budget should mark their calendars for Tuesday night.

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Friends of the Rappahannock programs could be in jeopardy if EPA cuts pass (Fred.com)
Its hands-on lessons conducted outdoors and in classrooms- as well as some of its other programs and those of local and state governments- could be endangered.

Former Germanna dean, professor vying for presidency (Fred.com)
A former faculty member and dean of Germanna Community College who is one of three finalists to be president of the school says his experiences as a student and instructor changed his view of community colleges- and his career.

I-95 will be a busy place this summer (Fred.com)
And this summer could prove even more taxing than usual for drivers on the interstate. Why? you ask. Road work. And plenty of it.

North Carolina pair charged in $30,000 Stafford fraud case (Fred.com)
The third time turned out to be one time too many for two North Carolina residents who are accused of trying to purchase a $30,000 Utility Task Vehicle in Stafford County using fraudulent identification, authorities said.

Virginia and the District

Chesapeake Bay funding, on Trump's chopping block, pays for projects large and small (Fred.com)
About $60 million of the $73 million for the Chesapeake Bay program that is proposed to be cut in Trump's budget blueprint, which shaves the EPA budget by 31 percent overall and eliminates some 3,200 jobs at the agency, largely goes to grants large and small.

McAuliffe signs legislation to enable local regulation of short-term rentals such as Airbnb in Va. (RTD)
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed legislation that gives local governments more power to regulate short-term rentals, such as rooms offered for rent by homeowners on the popular online platform Airbnb.

Business figures tout Smart Road expansion as critical to economic growth (Roanoke)
Several leading business figures in the Roanoke and New River valleys came out Monday night in support of a request to remove the protection of some Ellett Valley land to pave the way for an expansion of the Smart Road.

High-ranking Navy civilian took $38,000 in gifts from defense contractor, feds say (Pilot)
A former high-ranking civilian employee of the Navy is expected to plead guilty next month to taking more than $38,000 in gifts from a North Carolina-based defense contractor that is under federal investigation in a $13.6 million fraud case.

Sullivan, Casteen weigh in on search for next UVa president (Roanoke)
The next president at the University of Virginia will need to have stamina, a gift for communicating and a willingness to learn about all aspects of the university, according to two experienced advisers who addressed the university's Presidential Search Committee.

Upscale bowling venue planned off North Boulevard near Scott's Addition (RTD)
Bowling is a recreational activity open to all ages- one of the reasons entrepreneurs and developers want to bring an upscale bowling alley to near the trendy Scott's Addition area in Richmond.

Around the U.S. and beyond

Amazon buys Souq in big play for Middle East market (CNN)
Amazon has had its eye on the Middle East for some time. Now it's finally made a move.

Wells Fargo rolls out card-free ATMs (Yahoo)
Wells Fargo is rolling out a smartphone ATM withdrawal feature, which lets customers access the machines without their cards.

Trump son-in-law met executives of sanctioned Russian bank, will testify (Reuters)
A Russian bank under Western economic sanctions over Russia's incursion into Ukraine disclosed on Monday that its executives had met Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, in December.

Entrepreneurship and personal finance

What Lin-Manuel Miranda wishes he had known about money in his 20s (WaPo)
Lin-Manuel Miranda is doing pretty well for himself. But when the creator of the Tony-winning musical "Hamilton" was in his 20s, he made a financial mistake that a lot of people might also be making today.

32 brilliant questions to ask at the end of every job interview (BizInsider)
You should be assessing the employer just as much as they're assessing you, because you both need to walk away convinced that the job would be a great fit.

Thunderstorms likely
Expect thunderstorms this morning and the chance of scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. The high temperature will reach 73 degrees.

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