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2010 Va. Census Response Rate Higher than in 2000

Posted: 04/29/2010 - More Virginans are participating in the 2010 Census than in the population count taken a decade ago. U.S. Census Bureau figures show 76 percent of households in Virginia have mailed back census forms, compared to 73 percent in 2000.

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Va. Call Center Plans to Hire 250 New Employees

Posted: 04/29/2010 - Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling says Martinsville is getting a new call center and 250 jobs. Bolling announced Wednesday that Faneuil Inc. is investing $2.4 million to set up the operation.

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Va. Reinstates Prayer Policy for Police Chaplains

Posted: 04/29/2010 - Virginia State Police chaplains can invoke Jesus during prayers again. State Police Superintendent Stephen Flaherty reinstated a policy allowing chaplains to use the name Jesus on Wednesday.

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Student Detained After Shots Fired Inside Va. High School

Posted: 04/28/2010 - A student at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth is being interviewed by police after shots were fired at the school Wednesday. Police say the student fired three shots from a handgun inside the school.

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Va. Marina Fire Destroys 3 Boats, Damages 3 Others

Posted: 04/28/2010 - A fire at a Norfolk marina has destroyed three boats and damaged at least three others. The Coast Guard says the fire broke out on a 45-foot sailing vessel at the Vinings Landing Marina early Wednesday morning.

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Va. Boy Thwarts Attempted Abduction of 5-Year-Old Brother

Posted: 04/28/2010 - Prince William County Police say a man tried to abduct a 5-year-old boy. The boy and his 9-year-old brother were walking home Monday evening when police say a stranger tried to grab the younger boy.

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Va. Man Dies After Being Hit by Softball

Posted: 04/28/2010 - A Virginia man is dead after being hit in with a softball. The man struck by a ball at the Potomac Lakes Sportsplex Saturday afternoon.

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Officials Investigate Fatal Shooting of Va. Hunter

Updated: 04/28/2010 - State authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at a hunt club in Sussex County. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says a 17-year-old male shot a 61-year-old male in the chest Saturday during a turkey shoot in Sussex.

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President Obama Signs Virginia Disaster Declaration

Posted: 04/28/2010 - The President Tuesday declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ordered Federal aid to supplement the Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms and snowstorms in February.

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Park Service to Hold Hearings on Beach Access

Posted: 04/27/2010 - The National Park Service is holding public hearings to gather comments on its plan for managing access to a portion of North Carolina's Outer Banks.

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Va. Town Sees Acting Police Chief Arrested

Posted: 04/27/2010 - The acting police chief in Brookneal, Virginia has been arrested on a grand larceny charge. Virginia state police said in a news release that Monday's arrest of Brian Lee Carr stemmed from an investigation that began last fall.

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Colonial Downs Seeks New Satellite Betting Site

Posted: 04/27/2010 - Virginia horse track Colonial Downs is seeking state approval to open another off-track betting center. The betting center would be located in a restaurant in the Richmond area.

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Northrop Grumman Choosing Va. for Headquarters

Posted: 04/27/2010 - Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. will move its headquarters cross country to the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., to be closer to its key customers in the U.S. government, officials said Monday.

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Dominion Restarts Reactor at North Anna Plant

Posted: 04/26/2010 - Dominion Virginia Power has restarted a nuclear reactor at the North Anna power station. It was shut down for routine refueling and maintenance.

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Va. Unveils Trail Interpreting Patrick Henry's Life

Posted: 04/26/2010 - Officials unveiled the Road to Revolution Heritage Trail this weekend, which includes markers that highlight events in the life of American revolutionary Patrick Henry.

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Fairfax County Puts Jail Inmates to Work Outside

Posted: 04/26/2010 - Fairfax County is using jail inmates to work in a volunteer program that improves the community's physical image by having them mow grass, remove snow or paint over graffiti. Their work has helped VDOT, which has been struggling with a budget gap.

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Central Va. Museum Restores Slave Cemetery

Posted: 04/26/2010 - Crews have been working to restore a slave cemetery near the Staunton River. They say resurrecting its memory recognizes the contributions slaves made to the development of the area and adds to the ongoing research of Avoca's history.

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