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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 11:22am

Rowan Tree opens Herndon co-working space with  personal growth of women entrepreneurs in mind

Billing itself as "Herndon's first women-centered co-working and co-growth community," Rowan Tree cut the ribbon at its 3,000-square-foot facility on Tuesday with many representatives from its growing list of member-businesses on hand.

In fact, Rowan Tree is the first women-centered co-working location in Northern Virginia.

It was more celebration than business event, with excitement in the air about a location where local entrepreneurs can establish roots in concert with like-minded peers and do it at a place where work and business meetings intertwine with yoga, massage, art and conversation.

"A lot co-working spaces are trying to define themselves and have a niche," said co-founder Amy Dagliano. "Our niche is that we're women-focused -- although all are welcome. 

"We really try to focus on the whole person and growth, so it's not only about getting work done but about professional development, personal development, creative workshops, wellness workshops. It's really about a place where all those pieces of your life are together in one spot so that people are not scrambling and running all over the place."

Dagliano and co-founder Kate Janich Viggiano, friends for 15 years, first talked about launching their business at a karaoke night. Their game plan took shape, in part, when they attended an Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County workshop, presented by the FCEDA.

"We literally took the binder from that session, flipped through it and made sure we were following all the steps appropriately," Janich Viggiano said. "It provided us information like what type of corporation [to form], best practices and resources. It really gave us everything we needed to know and we went through it with a fine-tooth comb to get started."

Dagliano said initial research indicated a need for and interest in a women-focused co-working space. Rowan Tree had modest expectations of signing up 50 members in its first year. It already has 42 -- so many that it is pondering the possibility of opening a second location.

"The positive response was there when we started with popup events and built our community," Dagliano said. "People were ready, so we quickly had to find our space. We were fortunate to find a building that was already built out. All we really needed to do was add furniture, Wi-Fi and artistic touches. We signed our lease October 1 and were able to open before the end of December."

The two-level space at 280 Sunset Park Drive offers individual meeting rooms, quiet work rooms and open, communal work areas.

Meg Donnelly, a licensed massage therapist in Herndon, was among those immediately interested in -- as Town of Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel put it -- keeping the "Her" in Herndon.

"When I met Kate and Amy you could really see their vision and how much they care about their members and the community," Donnelly said. "What I like is the way this place brings the community and networking to you. As small business owners, we spend a lot of time cultivating relationships and making sure we are a positive force in the community. Being able to kind of get all of that wrapped into one -- with the focus on growth and the workshops that you can attend as a member -- it was a no-brainer for me (to join)." 

"I've found it a way to connect with other entrepreneurs in a really welcoming space," said Jen Nowak of Mizz Mozaic, who crafted the Rowan Tree mosaic prominently on display. "I have a home office, but coming here enables me to bounce ideas off people in an awesome space that's pretty inspiring."

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust was among those attending Tuesday's ribbon cutting. "We appreciate the fact Rowan Tree chose Fairfax County to do business," he said. "Part of our strategic plan to diversify the county ecosystem is to attract and support startups, especially those of women and minorities. This kind of business is exactly what helps us achieve that goal."


Public participation encouraged

Hacks for housing: Fairfax County will hold a Housing Hackathon, January 24-25, inviting entrepreneurs, startups, nonprofits, established businesses and students to participate. The event is designed to solicit creative and innovative solutions and applications of data to address housing challenges that impact Fairfax County and northern Virginia. Cash prizes up to $3,000 will be awarded. George Mason University is a partner of the event being held at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church next to the West Falls Church Metro Station.

Fairfax Connector feedback: The Fairfax County Department of Transportation will conduct public outreach meetings and an online survey to gather feedback about ways to improve Fairfax Connector bus service in the Herndon-Reston area, including connections to new Metrorail stations when Phase 2 of the Silver Line is complete. Interactive meetings are scheduled for January 26 at the Reston Community Center from 10 a.m. to noon and January 29 in the Herndon Middle School cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m. (Snow date for both meetings is January 30 at Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston from 6 to 8 p.m.). To take the online survey, click here through February 15. The public is also invited to participate in an AskFairfax! online chat on February 5 from noon to 1 p.m. or participate in a Facebook Live event at @fairfaxconnector, January 22 at 3 p.m. or February 8 at noon.

All about drones: Fairfax County is developing a comprehensive Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems program with input from residents. The county wants fire, police and other emergency personnel to be able to use drones to provide "an enhanced level of operational capability, safety and situational awareness for first responders, other approved participating agencies and decision-makers."

Public information meetings (including one tonight) offer opportunities to engage representatives from the Office of Emergency Management, county attorney's office, and police, fire and rescue departments. The schedule: January 16 -- South County Governmental Center (Room 221C), 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria; January 23 -- McLean District Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean; January 24 -- Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly; January 28 -- Reston Community Center (Hunter Woods), 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston; January 30 -- Braddock Hall, Kings Park Library, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke. All sessions will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Best plans wanted: The county continues to seek ideas for development of 50 acres at the Workhouse Arts Center on Route 123 in Lorton. The county's goal is to create the first mixed-use arts campus here with cultural, educational, residential, commercial or other elements that complement the arts center's existing studio, gallery and museum spaces. Those with ideas should contact the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning prior to June 30.

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:21am

Final four: Three cybersecurity companies with facilities in Reston -- FireEyeLookingGlass and Palo Alto Networks -- join Volkswagen Group of America, headquartered in Herndon, among the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce's fourth and final group of firms nominated to its inaugural Greater Washington i-LIST. Potomac Tech Wire carried the release containing all 56 nominees (18 of them from Fairfax County), identified as businesses that have introduced innovative methods to leverage technology, people and resources in solving complex problems. The chamber's top-10 list will be announced in May.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:21am

Fueling up: Beverage giant Keurig Dr Pepper is among those investing in LifeFuels, a Reston-based beverage technology startup, in its first round of funding. According to Michelai Graham of Technical.ly/DC, the unspecified investment will help accelerate commercialization and growth. LifeFuels intends its three-part system (a technology-laden "smart" bottle, multi-serve beverage concentrates called FuelPods and an app to track hydration and nutrition) to become available this year.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:20am

Specialized training: Recognizing the need for skilled cybersecurity professionals in our area, Northern Virginia Community College is now offering specialized training. As Technical.ly/DC's Michelai Graham reports, NOVA's Cybersecurity Center designed a curriculum around the cybersecurity standards of the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency. Students can pursue an associate of applied science degree in cybersecurity to prepare for a career as a cyber technician or analyst, or a career-studies certificate that helps prepare networking specialists for jobs in network security.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:19am

Driven to acquire: Falls Church area-based Driven, a provider of electronic discovery and data-management software, consulting and staffing services to law firms and corporate counsel, acquired Chicago-based Omnivere. According to the release picked up by Potomac Tech Wire, the acquisition will extend Driven's geographical reach and operational scale.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:19am

Amplifying the message: SpeakerBox, a public relations agency founded in 1997 and based in Tysons Corner, has been acquired by REQ, a digital marketing firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York and Boston. Andy Medici of the Washington Business Journal reports the multi-million dollar deal creates a company with 80 employees and clients that include Amazon, PayPal, Disney, eBay and CSRA. The combined company will maintain its Tysons presence.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:17am

Broad approach: WidePoint is remaining in Fairfax County, having moved its headquarters to Waples Mill Road in Fairfax from Tysons Corner. According to Matthew Nelson in ExecutiveBiz, the managed-mobility-services contractor that works with government and business customers made the decision to bring  departments together and improve operational efficiency. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:17am

On the table: MNG Enterprises (aka Digital First Media) offered to acquire Tysons Corner-based Gannett, the owner of USA Today and more than 100 local newspapers. MNG, operator of about 200 U.S. papers including the Denver Post, Orange County Register and Boston Herald, has reportedly offered $1.36 billion for Gannett, in which it currently owns a 7.5 percent stake. As reported in the AP story by Mae Anderson and carried by The News & Advance, MNG is controlled by hedge fund Alden Global Capital. Gannett says it will consider the offer.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:14am

Parked at the court house: Rebecca Cooper of the Washington Business Journal reports that Uncle Julio's, a Tex-Mex restaurant chain with a location at Reston Town Center, filed suit in Fairfax County Circuit Court over the paid-parking system implemented by Town Center owner Boston Properties in 2017. The complaint labels the parking system "onerous" for customers and town center tenants and seeks at least $5 million in damages.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:12am

Done deal: Reston-based SAIC closed its $2.5 billion all-stock acquisition of Chantilly-based Engility on Monday, a day after shareholders from both companies approved the deal. Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal shared details that with the purchase SAIC is the second-largest government IT integrator.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:47am

Route 1 becomes Job 1: Coveringthecorridor.com explored the multitude of changes unfolding along Richmond Highway (U.S. Route 1). Fairfax County's Embark Richmond Highway transformation involves construction of six community business centers between the Huntington Metro station and Fort Belvoir, each to have its own "bus rapid transit" station. The redevelopment process, which envisions everything from bike lanes and environmental corridors to 22-story buildings for the business centers, is expected to take several decades.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:46am

Keep on truckin': TransForce, a recruiting and employment solutions provider specializing in commercial truck drivers, acquired Drive 360 Logistics. TransForce, located in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, expects to benefit from Drive 360's focus on the recruitment of drivers and diesel mechanics. Citybizlist notes that Drive 360 Logistics, headquartered in Windermere, Fla, and Toronto, is the TransForce's 12th acquisition since 2013.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:46am

Eliminating Risk: Booz Allen Hamilton sold RiskCanvas Holdings LLC, its financial-compliance practice, to New York-based professional services firm Genpact. Booz Allen formed RiskCanvas around an anti-money laundering software it created. Robert J. Terry of the Washington Business Journal reports that Booz Allen, headquartered in Tysons Corner, elected to sell because the practice did not align with its other commercial-business priorities.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:45am

Improving access to 10,000 lakes: The Twin Cities region will become more accessible beginning in April when Sun Country Airlines adds nonstop service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Minneapolis. Alex Van Abbema of the Business Journals reports that Dulles is one of seven new airports the Eagan, Minn.-based airline is adding to its list of destinations this spring.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:45am

Bigger fish to fry: SAIC is close to completing a $2.5 billion deal to buy Engility, SAIC CEO Tony Moraco and COO Nassic Keene explain to Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. of BreakingDefense.com why their Reston-based engineering and services company has few regrets about failing to land recent defense contracts for armored vehicles. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:45am

Enterprising Breakthrough: Software AG, a Darmstadt, Germany-based company with U.S. headquarters in Reston, has been named IoT Enterprise Software Company of the Year by IoT Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes top companies, technologies and products in the global Internet of Things (IoT) market. Citybizlist picked up a release noting the awards program attracted more than 3,500 nominations from companies all over the world.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:44am

Keeping the faith: Reformed Theological Seminary, with one of its nine U.S. campuses currently in Tysons Corner, is seeking to double its existing space by moving from Old Meadow Road to an office building on Old Courthouse Road. Vernon Miles of the Tysons Reporter writes that the facility would accommodate 45 full-time students with classes held Monday through Saturday. Plans are expected to be discussed by the Planning Commission on January 16 and the Board of Supervisors on January 22.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:43am

Possible tenants: Tuesday's E-Bird reported that the Macy's at the Tysons Galleria appears in line to be replaced by an iPic movie theater and other stores. Rebecca Cooper of the Washington Business Journal reports that Brookfield Properties Retail is in discussions with Tiffany & Co.Apple, and gourmet grocer Balducci's to take portions of the retail space. Space for other tenants would also be available. Tiffany and Apple already have stores in Tysons Corner.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:42am

Small world after all: A new law is changing the way companies are deemed eligible for contracts set aside for small businesses, extending from three to five years the time that the U.S. Small Business Administration uses to measure the size of a business based on revenue. By extending that look-back period, government contractors could qualify as small businesses for longer periods of time. Robert J. Terry reports for subscribers to the Washington Business Journal.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 10:23am

Starting from its Tysons Corner showroom, Evans Federal brings command-and-control to vivid life

From the exterior, Evans Federal Solutions' first-floor office on Spring Hill Road in Tysons Corner is completely unassuming. A visitor needs to venture inside to appreciate Evans' futuristic world of command-and-control centers, with high-resolution monitors, LED images and maps that jump off the screen in a semi-darkened showplace.

Through a 21st-century collaboration of form and function, Evans has designed and installed command centers for government agencies, the military, airports, utilities, 911 and traffic management centers. The company has also served space centers, medical centers, Hollywood and big-league sports customers.

Whether the situation calls for real-time security monitoring or instant replay, fanciful fun or life-and-death, Evans provides highest-quality equipment and an installation process that professionals rely upon.

It all starts in Fairfax County, where E-Bird Extra spoke to Evans Federal CEO Jason Rowley about what his company does and why Tysons Corner is the right place to do it.

E-Bird Extra: In a nutshell, what does Evans Federal do?

Jason Rowley: We design and build command-and-control centers and security-operations centers for a diverse client base of federal agencies and Fortune 500s all over the world. We have hundreds of federal customers and have completed more than 11,000 projects.

EE: What do you do here in Tysons Corner?

JR: This is where we invite every government agency to come visit with us to help design and plan their operations centers. This is where we really get to know our customers and the individuals who are going to work in these spaces. We like them to come and sit down to discuss their operational plans. In some cases we can mock up the room, just like it will be in their future centers.

EE: It seems like you're truly specialists in your field.

JR: What's especially innovative about Evans Federal is that we're singularly focused on 24/7 operations centers. As opposed to working with four or five different companies to help design and plan your center, we're the single point of contact. We're your architect. We're your general contractor, your technology integrator, your security specialists. We're a one-stop shop for all of that. From the lighting to the acoustics to the furnishings to the technology, we cover every aspect. We like to start with a concrete slab and to build from the ground up.

EE: Is there anything else that separates Evans from the competition?

JR:  Being in the D.C. area, we've had government agencies sponsor us for security clearance. I'm not sure there's another company that builds and designs operations centers that has that level of clearance and access to federal customers. We've built over 11,000 rooms and no two of them are alike. Missions are evolving and changing and we really thrive on the opportunity to create something that's unique.

EE: Your company name seems to be a bit of a misnomer because you do work with private corporations.

JR: We work with Fortune 500s all over the world -- companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Twitter, Exxon Mobil and Chevron. We work with electrical transmission distribution companies and with utilities and pipelines with security operations centers in almost every major market. We also work with major sports leagues and even Hollywood.

EE: What have been your most interesting projects?

JR: In addition to working with NASA, we have built command-and-control centers that sports leagues use for instant replay. We've also built command-and-control centers for movies like Jurassic World and the Fast & Furious. Working with Hollywood is a little different experience. Jurassic World challenged us to really press on some new concepts and innovations in design. But what's very different is that it wasn't an operations center meant to last. They wanted to break it down, literally 10 seconds after filming was done.

EE: That seems so diametrically opposite to the way you would typically construct a room to stand the test of time.

JR: The technology in our showroom is rated for 24/7. Unlike your home theater system, these systems are never meant to be turned off. When it comes to installation, our customers are counting on us to bring the best and brightest to actually build and implement their project. Evans Federal is affiliated with Evans Consoles, a 38-year-old company based in Calgary, Alberta, and we install many of their high-quality units. All of our units are of the highest quality. A customer in Fairfax County who's buying a home may spend $200 to $400 per square foot (for command and control). A federal or commercial customer is going to spend more like $1,000 to $2,000 per square foot with all the technology and outfitting we're going to do in their room.

EE: What is the latest and greatest in terms of control room technology?

JR: 3D virtual reality has really been a game changer for our business. We conduct a virtual-reality session for customers that allows them to put the (VR) goggles on and actually walk inside their room before it's ever constructed. That way, we can interactively design and plan a room.

EE: What is your greatest challenge?

JR: The biggest challenge for us is gaining access to very busy customers. That's where our Tysons Corner location comes into play. If you're going to be in the federal space, you need to be here in the county. A customer may tell you they're available in the afternoon but it turns out they're only available for one hour in the morning. We need the ability to jump on the Metro -- the Silver Line is right here -- and gain access to those individuals when they're available. That's why we purposely located in this building long before the Silver Line was built. We knew it was coming back in 2008 when we located here. Now, we have quick access to the Pentagon and government agencies without having to find a place to park.

EE: Are there other reasons why Fairfax County works for you?

JR:  We are able to find the talent we need in Fairfax County. Key partners, like Planar Federal (video wall and display manufacturer) and Think Logical (multi-level security devices), who work with us on many projects, are located here in Tysons Corner. As you can imagine, designing and building a room like this requires subject matter experts. We require technology and integration experts. We work with architects, interior designers, experts in acoustics and lighting and multi-level security integration experts, so having proximity to the equipment and talent we need is very important to us.

Evans Federal Solutions is located at 1577 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner, VA. 22182; 855-284-1129; www.evansonline.com

 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 10:51am

Now hear this: Business Facilities magazine named Virginia its 2018 State of the Year, calling it a "high-tech force to be reckoned with." "Virginia not only is ready to compete in the emerging high-tech battleground -- it shows every intention of dominating the field," said Jack Rogers, editor-in-chief of the magazine which in its coverage linked to stories about 2018 expansions by Fairfax County firms MicroStrategy and Appian.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 10:50am

Cash infusion: Verato, a Tysons Corner-based provider of cloud technology to consolidate medical records, has raised $10 million in Series C financing and, on Monday announced the opening of an office in Mérida, Mexico. According to the Washington Business Journal's Sara Gilgore, Verato, which employs proprietary technology to identify patients, is expected to move into a larger Tysons Corner space this summer. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Columbia Capital led the funding round.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 10:50am

A really big show: DC Inno's Kieran McQuilkin writes that Reston-based CargoSense and Falls Church area-based Raybaby are among local companies to watch at CES, the annual Consumer Technology Association showcase expected to attract 180,000 this week in Las Vegas. CargoSense is introducing Maven Pet Tracker, a product to monitor animals being shipped as cargo. Raybaby is a radar-based safety technology to help parents monitor sleeping infants. CES is featuring a case study of two-time exhibitor LifeFuels of Reston (a personalized beverage maker) as a success story.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 10:49am

Six to watch: The Washington Business Journal published its list of D.C. Area Business Leaders to Watch in 2019. Among those in the story and photo gallery are: Ken Asbury, CEO CACI; Stephen Jones, CEO of Inova Health System; Julianne Clemente, president of Clemente Development; Kevin Phillips, CEO of ManTech; Mary McDuffie, president and CEO of Navy Federal Credit Union; and Kathy Warden, president and CEO of Northrop Grumman.

Jack Bogle, Father Of Simple Investing, Dies At 89

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 6:18pm
John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group, died on Wednesday at the age of 89.

Bogle, the founder of Vanguard who created the first index mutual fund, died Wednesday, the firm said. He said investors should own a mix of bonds and stocks but shouldn't pay managers to pick them.

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Government Shutdown Causing Far Greater Damage To Economy Than Previously Estimated

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:17pm

The government shutdown is inflicting more damage on the U.S. economy than formerly estimated. The president's economists doubled projections of how much economic growth is being lost each week.

Federal Watchdog Finds Government Ignored Emoluments Clause With Trump Hotel

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:15pm
The Old Post Office Pavilion Clock Tower, seen above the Trump International Hotel in Washington, remains open despite the partial government shutdown.

The Inspector General for the General Services Administration said agency lawyers decided to ignore the constitutional issues when they reviewed the lease after Donald Trump won the 2016 election.

(Image credit: Alex Brandon/AP)

The Extremely Cautious Case For Extremely Mild Optimism

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:06pm
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Interest rates are higher, global growth is slowing, and the government is at an impasse. But there are also reasons for near-term optimism about the U.S. economy.

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Shutdown Will Be Worse For Economy Than First Thought, White House Says

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 1:47pm
Federal workers stand in line for a free hot meal in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

White House officials reportedly say that each week of the shutdown will subtract 0.1 percentage point from growth — double the administration's original estimate.

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News Brief: Brexit Vote, Government Shutdown, Nairobi Attack

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 5:04am

Britain's Parliament rejects Brexit deal. Federal workers affected by the shutdown look for ways to pay the bills. At least 14 people were killed when extremists stormed an upscale hotel in Nairobi.

Veterans Claiming Illness From Burn Pits Lose Court Fight

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:57am
U.S. soldiers traverse fields on the way to conducting house-to- house searches in 2007 in Mukhisa, Iraq.

Hundreds of veterans sued military contractor KBR Inc., alleging toxic smoke from burn pits at military bases made them ill. A federal appellate court said compensation must come from Congress.

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Federal Employees Moonlight To Pay The Bills

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:53am
Frank Ruopoli of Charleston, S.C., works at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. After the 2013 partial shutdown he earned an emergency medical technician certification. Now he

As the partial government shutdown continues, some federal workers and contractors are looking for temporary jobs to earn income.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Frank Ruopoli )

In Home Of Original Sriracha Sauce, Thais Say Rooster Brand Is Nothing To Crow About

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:49am
Sriraja Panich is the brand name of one of two Sriracha sauces created by Saowanit Trikityanukul

The Rooster brand, ubiquitous in the U.S., is now being exported to Thailand, where Sriracha was born. But many Thais who taste the U.S. version are not impressed. "I wanted to gag," says one.

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Netflix Increases Subscription Prices As It Churns Out Original Content

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:02pm
Netflix has increased its prices by 13 to 18 percent. The company

The hikes, which will affect all U.S. viewers, come as Netflix faces an increasingly competitive field of video streaming services.

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D.C. Judge Tells Furloughed Workers They Must Stay On The Job

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 9:56pm
Demonstrators protest against the government shutdown in Boston on Friday.

About 400,000 federal workers are called "excepted" and are required to work without pay. They sued for an injunction that would end that requirement, but the judge said no.

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IRS Recalling 46,000 Workers To Handle Tax Returns Despite Partial Shutdown

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 8:30pm
IRS worker Christine Helquist joins a federal workers protest rally against the government shutdown outside the federal building in Ogden, Utah.

The union for the IRS workers criticized the Trump administration for forcing them to work "in exchange only for an IOU." Employees have been promised back pay when funding is approved.

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Mexico's President Fights Gas Crisis, While Mexicans Endure Long Lines With Jokes

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 5:55pm
Motorists wait in line for hours to buy gasoline at a Pemex service station in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sunday. The Mexican president temporarily closed some of the state oil company

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says his crackdown on stolen fuel is working, but long waits in several states persist, distribution bottlenecks continue and new acts of gas theft are reported.

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Huawei Founder Denies His Firm Spies For China

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 5:07pm
Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, speaks with media Tuesday in Shenzhen, China.

In rare remarks to foreign media, Ren Zhengfei says his telecommunications equipment company is independently owned and would not give China user data. Experts disagree.

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Gannett Faces Hostile Bid From Company Known For Gutting Newsrooms

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 4:53pm

Gannett, the owner of USA Today and some 100 other newspaper properties has received an unsolicited bid from another newspaper group, MNG, known for imposing severe cost-cutting measures.

Working Women: Why The U.S. Is Behind

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 4:05pm
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When it came to the female labor force participation rate, America used to lead the world. But we've fallen behind. Today on the show: what happened?

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