VIRGINIA'S ECONOMY, WHICH suffered more from the recession than those of most other states, is on the mend. But bankers and economists are not anticipating a return to the roaring 1980s, when the state grew faster than the national average.

"Given the construction overhang that we still have, and the uncertainties related to defense, we would expect the [state] economy to grow at about the national rate over the next couple of years," said Christine Chmura, an economist at Crestar Financial Corp. in Richmond.

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