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Poplar Creek Project envisions affordable, eco-friendly housing

Senate passes up Friday vote on sales tax bill

The Virginia Senate declined Friday to hold a floor vote on legislation by Del. James Edmunds that would authorize Halifax County to hold a referendum on a local sales tax…

Sales tax bill faces final test in Senate

Vote expected Friday on levy for new high school

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Tom McLaughlin

Private lies

Now here’s a sentence worth quoting, from the May 7 Richmond Times-Dispatch, on Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plans to privately finance the $2 billion reconstruction of U.S. 460 from Suffolk to Petersburg: “Past construction proposals called for tolls as high as $13.20 per vehicle and also required $500 million to $1 billion in public funds, but Virginia has no state or federal money to build the four-lane, limited-access road.”

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Priority review

This week the School Board enhanced its credibility somewhat by voting in favor of an efficiency review of school operations. The trustees agreed to put Halifax’s name on the list at the Virginia Office of Planning and Budget, which would conduct the review, and meet with higher-ups to discuss the process. The cost of the study would largely borne by the state, on the condition the school division adopts most of the cost-saving recommendations. If not, the county schools will be required to pick up a hefty share of the final tab.

Masters

You might think an oil spill that threatens to ruin the health of the Gulf of Mexico for years to come would cause people to rethink their advocacy of drilling off America’s coasts ... and whaddaya know, in some cases it has.

Masters of disaster

You might think an oil spill that threatens to ruin the health of the Gulf of Mexico for years to come would cause people to rethink their advocacy of drilling off America’s coasts ... and whaddaya know, in some cases it has.

Blinkered thinking

Clowns to left of me, jokers to the right, here am I stuck in the middle with you:

Blinkered opinion

Clowns to left of me, jokers to the right, here am I stuck in the middle with you:

Minutes of Tobacco Commission Executive Committee’s discussion of uranium mining socioeconomic study

On April 15, members of the Executive Committee of the Virginia Tobacco Commission approved $200,000 for a study of the socioeconomic impacts of uranium mining.

The fixers

Last week the Virginia Tobacco Commission all but cut a check for a study of uranium mining's socioeconomic impacts in Southside Virginia, thus drawing closer the day when a decision is made — or not made — on lifting the state's mining moratorium. Funding the study is an unusual move by the Tobacco Commission, which could stand more scrutiny of its own, but it's hardly surprising inasmuch as the leaf panel claims a broad mission to revitalize Southside's economy. Besides, what's another $200,000 when you've already burned through half a billion dollars?

Overdue tribute

I’m a firm believer in ‘fessing up to one’s shortcomings in neat and prompt fashion — easier to keep the sins straight that way — so please forgive me as I open today’s column with an account of sheer thoughtlessness and heedlessness. Mine, that is. And don’t worry, the story quickly improves.

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