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Suspect at large in Chase City shooting

Victim flown to VCU-MCV for treatment of wounded leg

Woman gets six years as bank getaway driver

Boydton mulls sewer upgrade


Comet softball routs Tunstall 19-2 to stay perfect at 3-0





Rescue operation

How much is it worth to you to have a trained medic on standby to save your life in the event of an emergency?

Glowing reviews

Katie Whitehead, the inestimable chair of the Dan River Basin Association mining task force, is back today with an op-ed on the Coles Hill Farm uranium project in Pittsylvania County, a topic to which yours truly has paid scant attention over the past year. Some time ago I told Katie she was welcome to commandeer our editorial page whenever the mood struck, and her piece today on the politics and science of uranium mining is, as usual, excellent.

A uranium study won’t answer our biggest questions

At a recent award ceremony in Richmond, someone asked geologist Robert Bodnar whether uranium can be mined safely at Coles Hill. Emphasizing all three words, Bodnar responded, “I don’t know.” Truly surprised and sincerely wanting to learn from an expert, the person said something like, “You’ve done work there; do you have an opinion?” Bodnar replied, “An opinion, yes; but I’d like to give you an informed opinion and for that I need more information.”

The Virginia way

If all of a sudden you were put in charge of developing the model society, chances are you wouldn’t choose for your template an area with double-digit unemployment, chronically low levels of education, social disorders as far as the eye can see and a political system that for generations has exalted cronyism as its distinguishing feature.

Goode ol’ boy

“Entering the race? Goode won’t say,” read the headline on the Danville Register & Bee’s website the other day ( Uh-oh. Sounds like our former Congressman-For-Life hasn’t adjusted very well to Life-Out-Of-Congress.

Frozen out

Gov. Bob McDonnell, seemingly in violation of the cardinal rule of his young administration, finally weighed in on a pressing budget matter Monday. The Governor's Office announced that McDonnell would reverse the plan by his predecessor, Tim Kaine, to freeze the local composite index used to apportion funding for Virginia's 134 school divisions. McDonnell's decision has the practical effect of helping northern Virginia, whose schools stood to lose about $138 million under the index freeze, while cutting funds for 97 school systems in mostly poorer rural and urban communities.

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