Early Briefing: The Last Dairy Farm

*Dogwood Farm is Loudoun County's last dairy farm, run by a family who has owned it for generations. In the 1950s, the county had more than 400 dairy farms, but as more people moved into the areas, they left. See story

*Dominion Virginia Power said it plans to begin construction on the largest power-line expansion in north Arlington in more than a decade to increase power reliability and supply in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, which is rapidly being redeveloped into a high-rise residential and office canyon. See story

*Former Virginia delegate Barnie K. Day of Patrick County threatened to leave the Democratic Party because of a dispute over who should fill a vacancy on the State Corporation Commission, which oversees industries including utilities, insurance, state-chartered financial institutions, securities, retail franchising and railroads. See story

*Trex, a Winchester, Va., maker of composite decking and fencing materials, fired 30 salaried employees in an effort to return to profitability. Trex will take an estimated $475,000 charge for severance payments this quarter. The job cuts will result in annual savings of about $3.5 million, Trex said.

By Terri Rupar  |  February 23, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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