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The Advanced Vehicle Research Center is opening a facility in a technology industrial park owned by Danville and Pittsylvania County. The center’s first project will be converting a Toyota Prius hybrid in Danville’s municipal fleet into a plug-in electric vehicle. The city plans to test a number of new technologies at the center as part of a search for long-term energy savings. (Danville Register & Bee)

Danville contracted with ONUG Communications Inc., of Raleigh, N.C., for fiber-optic splicing services as part of its effort to build an energy “smart grid.” ONUG has performed engineering services for city’s broadband initiative, called nDanville. (Danville Register & Bee)

J.E.B. International Co., a Danville-based tobacco supplier, entered into a joint venture with Hail & Cotton in Tennessee to procure and process American leaf tobacco for export to Japan. Japan Tobacco Inc. is the overseas component of the partnership. (Danville Register & Bee)

New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Greensboro, N.C., will offer short-term computer training in conjunction with several Danville-area educational institutions, including Averett College and Danville Community College. The region is trying to boost the IT abilities of the local work force in competing for new industries. (Danville Register & Bee)

Piedmont Area Regional Transit, which serves Martinsville and Henry County, added a second bus in mid-August and dropped its fare from $1 to 50 cents. (Martinsville Bulletin)

Virginia Uranium Ltd. has completed its merger with Santoy Resources Ltd. in Canada to form Virginia Energy Resources Inc. The new company will trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Virginia Uranium was the fundraising arm of Virginia Uranium Inc. in Chatham, which holds the rights to develop and mine a 119-million-pound uranium ore deposit at Coles Hill in Pittsylvania County. (Danville Register & Bee)

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