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DMV Gets New Phone Number, Saves $500K

Posted: 04/30/2010 - The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is getting rid of its toll-free number on Friday, which costs the state three cents per minute of use. The implementation of the new number will save $500,000.

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Poet Nikki Giovanni Bequeaths Copyrights to Virginia Tech

Posted: 04/30/2010 - Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni plans to turn over her copyrights to Virginia Tech after her death. Giovanni pledged a donation to the school's $1 billion capital campaign that includes copyrights to her literary works.

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Virginia Farmers Prepare for Agriculture Surveys

Posted: 04/30/2010 - Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says it has a few questions for farmers. The agency says it's annual surveys are starting up in June.

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Virginia Agency Plans to Build Fish Plant

Posted: 04/30/2010 - Virginia's Eastern Shore is getting a new fish processing plant. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says it's planning to start work on its new 35,000-square foot packing plant and office complex.

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Gulf Coast Oil Spill Prompts Skepticism of Va. Drilling

Updated: 04/29/2010 - The oil spill off the coast of Louisiana has raised concerns in Virginia that offshore drilling is dangerous and not wise. President Barack Obama endorsed the plan in March, and Gov. Bob McDonnell says drilling could begin as early as 2012.

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Va. Wildfires Down Nearly 30 Percent During 2010 Season

Posted: 04/29/2010 - A mix of snow and rain events combined with Virginia’s 4pm Burn Law led to a 29 percent decrease in wildfires during the state’s spring fire season compared to the same period in 2009.

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Richmond Area Hit by Minor Earthquake

Posted: 04/29/2010 - No injuries or damages are reported following a 2.3-magnitude minor earthquake in the Richmond area Thursday shortly after 12pm.

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June 4-6 Declared Free Fishing Days in Va.

Posted: 04/29/2010 - The first weekend in June has been declared free fishing days in Virginia. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission says state licenses won't be required June 4 through June 6 for recreational fishing.

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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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