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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) A new report recommends removing a dam in Danville that's been blamed for four deaths. The most recent death attributed to the Brantley Dam occurred in April, when a 5-year-old boy fell into the Dan River after a boat flipped.

AMHERST, Va. (AP) A former Chesapeake high school administrator accused of killing his wife is going on trial for a second time. Wesley Earnest's second trial begins today in Amherst County. However, the jury will be comprised of Nelson County residents. The trial was moved from Bedford County because of publicity surrounding the case.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Federal aid is being offered in five Virginia counties to repair conservation damage on farmland caused by drought. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that an estimated $110,000 will be provided to producers in Albemarle, Bath, Fluvanna, Goochland and Louisa counties.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court has declined to step into a lesbian custody dispute between a woman who has renounced her homosexuality and her onetime partner. The justices today turned down an appeal from Lisa Miller, the biological mother of an 8-year-old girl.

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