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Oil-skimming Ship Makes Va. Stop

Posted: 06/25/2010 - A ship billed as the world's largest oil-skimming vessel is making a Virginia port-of-call before heading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Va. Schools Will Not Scrap SOL Tests

Posted: 06/24/2010 - Virginia's Board of Education says it has no plans for the state to scrap its Standards of Learning program for a new common set of national curriculum guidelines.

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Company Recalls Bagged Spinach Sold in Virginia

Updated: 06/24/2010 - Tests by a state agency have prompted the voluntary recall of spinach sold in North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. Routine tests found Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious ailments in pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

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Crews Find Leak During Va. Aquarium Expansion

Updated: 06/24/2010 - Virginia Beach officials and a contractor are looking for the cause of a leak at a $25 million expansion of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.

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Study: Va. Jobs to Require More than High School Education

Posted: 06/24/2010 - A national report suggests that most of Virginia's jobs will require more than a high school education by 2018. Researchers predict that 64 percent of jobs in Virginia will require workers with more than a high school education.

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Va. Man Charged in W.Va. Child's Death

Posted: 06/23/2010 - Court records show a Virginia man already charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 22-year-old West Virginia woman is now charged with killing her 3-year-old son.

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Personal Information Eliminated on Disabled Parking Placards

Updated: 06/23/2010 - Parking placards for disabled drivers issued after July 1, 2010 will no longer display the name, birth date or gender of the placard holder since they are displayed on a vehicle's rear view mirror in public view.

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Case Dropped Against Man who Ran Over Virginia Tech Student

Posted: 06/23/2010 - A judge has dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge against a 23-year-old Roanoke man who ran over a Virginia Tech student. Aaron Pierce was charged in the November 2005 death of Brian McCloskey, who died after Pierce struck him with a borrowed Ford Excursion after a party.

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Tattoo Artist "Liquidity Jones" Pleads Guilty to Shooting Husband

Posted: 06/23/2010 - A Washington tattoo artist is expected to face eight years in prison in connection with the 2009 shooting death of her husband. Thirty-eight-year-old Kristin Kozak pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter while armed.

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Sewage Sludge on Fields Approved in 2 Va. Counties

Updated: 06/22/2010 - State regulators have approved permits allowing treated sewage sludge to be spread on fields in Amherst and Campbell counties. The permits drew opposition from residents concerned about possible health effects.

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W.Va. Man Sentenced in Fatal Va. Wreck

Posted: 06/22/2010 - A West Virginia man will spend 16 years in prison in connection with a a wreck that killed a 2-year-old Tazewell County boy.

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Va. Uranium Mining Question Spawns Studies

Posted: 06/22/2010 - A uranium mining and milling operation in Southside Virginia would create up to 350 jobs and generate $40 million to $50 million for the local economy, according to a new study commissioned by Virginia Uranium Inc.

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Rapper Charged in Va. Deaths Appears in Court

Updated: 06/22/2010 - An aspiring "horrorcore" rapper from California who was charged with killing his girlfriend and three others appeared in a Farmville court Tuesday. Richard "Sam" McCroskey faces capital murder charges in the Sept. 18 deaths of his girlfriend, her parents and her friend.

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NC Man Sentenced in Va. for Mortgage Fraud

Posted: 06/22/2010 - A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to defrauding commercial mortgage lenders will spend 20 months in a federal prison. U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride says 40-year-old Stephen M. Gunther of Hertford, N.C. also must pay more than $231,000 in restitution. Gunther has a law office in Virginia Beach.

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DOD Indetifies Va. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Updated: 06/22/2010 - The Pentagon says 25-year-old Pfc. Benjamin Park of Fairfax Station died Friday in Zhari district, Kandahar, Afghanistan. Officials say insurgents attacked his dismounted patrol with an improvised explosive device.

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