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Our local farming prosperity

By Kim Woodwell Agriculture has been the heart and soul of Virginia's economy for centuries. Today agriculture is Virginia's largest industry -- contributing $55 billion to the state's economy yearly. Shenandoah County is a strong fifth among Virginia counties in...

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McDonnell's bold agenda

Buoyed by an improving state economy, Gov. Bob McDonnell urged legislators Wednesday to embrace a bold agenda of transportation improvements, more affordable college education and pension reform.

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START salvaged

With a last-minute flurry of Republican support, the Senate is on the verge of ratifying a new arms control agreement with Russia, giving President Obama a major foreign policy victory.

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Afghan status report

The Obama administration's review of its Afghan war strategy offers a cautiously optimistic assessment that foresees the end of U.S. military involvement, though later rather than sooner.

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Retreat on drilling

Stung by the fallout, political and environmental, from the massive Gulf oil spill, the Obama administration has rescinded its plan to expand offshore oil exploration into the eastern Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic Coast.

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Terror trial verdict

The conviction of the first Guantánamo detainee tried in a civilian court on only one of more than 280 charges has reignited the debate over prosecuting terrorists.

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Targeting earmarks

Congressional Republicans, their ranks swelled by campaigns that emphasized reining in federal spending, are promptly following through with an easy response: banning earmarks.

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The Fed steps in

While politicians surveyed the stark aftermath of Tuesday's elections and pondered their strategy and policy options, the Federal Reserve Board announced a bold plan to stimulate the sluggish economy.

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GOP tsunami

The two "wave" elections that swept Democrats to congressional majorities in 2006 and 2008 were followed Tuesday by a tsunami that gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives and a stronger voice in the Senate.

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The Gulf spill probe

The presidential commission investigating the causes of the BP Gulf oil spill shined an unwelcome spotlight on Halliburton last week.

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