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Daily Bacon's | November 6, 2009

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Energy


Va. court allows Dominion’s controversial power line | The Washington Post

Virginia’s Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld the approval by state regulators of a 65-mile power line through six northern counties, turning aside environmentalists’ objections and clearing the way for construction to continue.

Va. Power customers may get lower bills | The Daily Progress

Dominion Virginia Power customers would get back more than $400 million from the company under an agreement the state’s largest utility has reached with the state attorney general’s office and a group of large ratepayers.

Transportation


VRE’s ouster of Amtrak is approved | The Washington Post

Two Virginia transportation commissions voted Thursday night to approve Virginia Railway Express’s plan to end its 17-year relationship with Amtrak and give an international company a start in the U.S. transportation industry.

Health


Flu-like illness declining in Va.; deaths up | The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Flulike illness in the state appeared to decline last week, but deaths caused by the H1N1 flu continue to rise.

Education


VCU alumni start $50 million fundraising campaign | The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Noting the steep drop in state financial support, yesterday Virginia Commonwealth University alumni launched a campaign to raise $50 million for scholarships and fellowships for the academic and medical campuses.

UR, W&L named best values by Kiplinger’s | The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Two Virginia universities have made Kiplinger’s rankings of the best values in private education.

Legal


Va. high court backs SCC power-line approval | The Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Virginia Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the State Corporation Commission properly approved the Virginia section of a multistate power line.

Va. high court rules on Henrico wrongful-death suit | The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Parents have a broad duty to assure the welfare of a juvenile guest, even when harm comes to that guest from a third party outside the home.

Local


Economic stimulus debated at Va. Asian Chamber | The Richmond Times-Dispatch

The federal economic-stimulus plan is working for small businesses in Virginia, a senior SBA official told the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce’s procurement conference here yesterday.

Monticello center gets LEED certification | The Daily Progress

Monticello’s new visitor center has been awarded LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Franklin County voted into Western Virginia Water Authority | The Roanoke Times

Franklin County was voted in as a full-fledged member Thursday of the Western Virginia Water Authority by the governing bodies that already made up the regional utility.

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