PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) – Local businesses hit by the effects of the pandemic are getting a helping hand in the form of a $330,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

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The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution Tuesday night that will allow this grant contract to now be formalized.

“Since many businesses in Pittsylvania County have experienced negative consequences from COVID-19, we are thrilled to be able to offer this program to help keep them running,” said project leader Susan McCulloch, project manager for Pittsylvania County Economic Development. “This grant is meant to help the business that have been really affected by COVID-19: the restaurants, the retail establishments, the health and beauty businesses.”

Grants are available in amounts of up to $15,000.

The County will use $30,000 of the grant to administer the program.

The application process

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Thursday said it had charged 57 people with trying to steal more than $175 million from the Paycheck Protection Program of emergency loans to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic as questions swirled about how its funds were disbursed.

Some cases involved “individuals or small groups, acting on their own, who lied about having legitimate businesses or who claimed that they needed P.P.P. money for things like paying workers or paying bills, but instead used it to buy splashy luxury items for themselves,” Brian C. Rabbitt, the acting head of the department’s criminal division, said at a news conference.

In other cases, coordinated criminal rings stole large sums of money from the loan program, Mr. Rabbitt said. “We will be focusing on these types of cases going forward,” he said.

The federal government offered emergency loans to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department plans to bring an antitrust case against Google as soon as this month, after Attorney General William P. Barr overruled career lawyers who said they needed more time to build a strong case against one of the world’s wealthiest, most formidable technology companies, according to five people briefed on internal department conversations.

Justice Department officials told lawyers involved in the antitrust inquiry into Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube, to wrap up their work by the end of September, according to three of the people. Most of the 40-odd lawyers who had been working on the investigation opposed the deadline. Some said they would not sign the complaint, and several of them left the case this summer.

Some argued this summer in a memo that ran hundreds of pages that they could bring a strong case but needed more time, according to people

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Despite Mr. Scalia’s high government position, the Labor Department’s decisions under his leadership suggest that his allegiances are unchanged.

By opening the door to private equity funds in retirement accounts, for example, the Labor Department has made it a bit easier for these vague and costly investment vehicles to be sold to millions of trusting people salting away money for retirement.

Is this a good idea? Warren Buffett doesn’t think so. He warned his own Berkshire Hathaway shareholders in May 2019: “We have seen a number of proposals from private equity funds where the returns are really not calculated in a manner that I would regard as honest. If I were running a pension fund, I would be very careful about what was being offered to me.”

Many private equity funds have had high returns, but they also have a history of ladling debt onto businesses they acquire and cutting

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