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Hampton medical facility awarded $7.9 million

The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute has been awarded $7.9 million by the Department of Defense Naval Health Research Center. The money will be used for equipment, research, and increasing staff levels. More than 2000 patients will be treated annually at the center, which is located off Magruder Boulevard and scheduled to open this summer.

The award is likely to spur growth, and in turn benefit local property values.

Hampton eliminates 78 positions to balance budget

The city of Hampton will eliminate 78 permanent full-time positions to make up for its $19 million budget shortfall.

About 55 of those positions are currently filled. City officials will try to move employees in those jobs to current openings. "We do have plans to try to place as many of those people as possible. We have over 106 positions that are vacant and open to try to place those folks into," said City Manager Mary Bunting.

New gas pipeline to increase capacity in Churchland area

Columbia Gas of Virginia is building almost five miles of new pipeline through Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk to increase capacity in and around the Churchland area. The company expects to to spend almost $8 million and complete the project in June.

The increased capacity will support development in the area, spurring growth that will benefit the real estate market.

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Governors call for a rail corridor along I-81

Bob Riley, Haley Barbour, Ed Rendell, Phil Bredesen, and Bob McDonnell -- governors of Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia, respectively -- call on the federal government to help fund the Crescent Corridor, a 2,500-mile rail route stretching across 13 states from New Jersey to Tennessee and Louisiana.

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New residents flock to Washington area

The Washington area grew over the last ten years, with new residents attracted by jobs and development. Even the inner areas such as Arlington County and Alexandria saw growth, in contrast to population declines in the 1990s.

Loudoun and Prince William counties continued the explosive growth seen in those counties in the 1990s. Loudoun was the fifth-fastest growing county in the country from 2000 to 2009, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Orange County supervisors propose 6-cent tax property tax increase

Orange County supervisors have decided to advertise a 6-cent increase, although they may ultimately pass a lower rate. Supervisors don't yet know how much funding the county will get from the state, and they can pass a rate less than advertised, but not higher without running a new advertisement.

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Roanoke jury values seized land at $2.2 million

A small victory in Roanoke for property owners around the Commonwealth: The Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority has been ordered to pay Jay and Stephanie Burkholder $2.2 million for land seized under eminent domain. The figure falls between the $1.53 million the housing authority had offered to pay and the value of about $4.5 million given the Burkholders by two appraisers.

The Burkholders plan to continue their fight against the seizure, and say they hope to ultimately strengthen the rights of Virginia property owners.

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