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LEESBURG, Va. (AP) Officials say a growing immigrant population and the weak economy are major factors causing the booming school enrollment in northern Virginia. Loudoun County enrollment has topped 60,000 students, or double the enrollment in 2000. More parents, because of the economy, are also opting against private school.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) Old-fashioned all-wood guardrails along more than half the 460-mile Blue Ridge Parkway aren't much use at stopping cars. Officials say the older rails can't stop a car moving at 45 mph, and that many are too low to the ground. A $7 million replacement project is set to start next month.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Contractors are working to determine if more ancient artifacts exist on the site of a Richmond facility where archaeological treasures were unearthed 10 years ago. Artifacts were discovered showing the area had been a gathering and trading place for people as early as 3,500 BC.

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