Virginia's Eastern Shore

Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An electric cooperative serving Virginia's Eastern Shore and Smith Island in Maryland has received a $30 million federal loan guarantee to make improvements.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Tasley-based A & N Electric Cooperative plans to build or improve 196 miles of line and make other improvements to its system. The loan guarantee includes $3.5 million for smart grid projects.

The financing is among $540 million in loan guarantees announced Tuesday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for projects in 18 states.

ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) - Seventeen educational experiments will be on board a rocket set for launch this week from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The launch is scheduled for Thursday morning.

University instructors and students from across the country built the experiments. The 35-foot-tall rocket is expected to fly to an altitude of about 75 miles. After launch and payload recovery, the participants will conduct preliminary data analysis and discuss their results.