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Kaine to consider correction to Va. Tech shootings report (access required)

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine says he will consider making corrections to the report issued by the panel that investigated the Virginia Tech mass shootings after meeting with victims and family members over the weekend. Kaine said the private meetings made ...

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V-DOT will study U.S. 29 (access required)

LYNCHBURG—Virginia transportation officials are planning a big-picture study of U.S. 29 from the North Carolina border to Gainesville. Virginia Department of Transportation officials discussed the study last month with Lynchburg business and government officials. The study’s leader, Charles Rasnick, said ...

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Wise County mine is fined $210K for accident (access required)

ARLINGTON—The Mine Safety and Health Administration has fined a Wise County mine and a trucking company $210,000 in a July accident that permanently disabled a driver. MSHA fined Bresee Trucking $165,000 and Guest Mountain Mining Corp. $45,000 for failing to ...

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Board of Education won’t seek $$$ for Standards of Quality (access required)

In light of the dismal economic forecast, the Virginia Board of Education has decided against asking for more funding for the Standards of Quality, state-mandated minimum goals for public schools. In its recommendations to the governor and legislature, the board ...

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Beach jury: Give man eight years for plotting cop’s death (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—A jury is recommending an eight-year sentence for a man convicted of plotting to kill a Virginia Beach police detective. Edmund A. Kutauskas was convicted of solicitation to commit murder last month in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. The 55-year-old ...

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Feds: Bolting error caused collapse that killed man (access required)

Federal investigators say an error in bolting the roof of a Wise County mine caused an April 22 collapse that killed a Big Stone Gap man. The Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a report last month on the roof ...

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Madison Museum honors his cousin, Zachary Taylor (access required)

ORANGE—The James Madison Museum has opened an exhibit on Zachary Taylor, the nation’s 12th president and a cousin of Madison’s. Taylor was born in Barboursville in 1784. He and Madison shared a great-grandfather, Col. James Taylor II, who received land ...

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Man sentenced for attack in Albemarle courtroom (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE—A Fluvanna man accused of attacking a witness in a courtroom has pleaded guilty to assault and battery and threatening a witness. Mark Wayne Shifflett was sentenced last week to 12 months on each charge after entering his plea. Albemarle ...

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Scientist pleads guilty to tech sales to China (access required)

NORFOLK—A Virginia scientist pleaded guilty last week to selling rocket technology to China and bribing Chinese officials to secure a lucrative contract for his high-tech company. Quan-Sheng Shu, 68, pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the federal Arms Control ...

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ICE rejects training for Fairfax deputies (access required)

FAIRFAX—Fairfax County’s sheriff says federal immigration authorities have denied his bid to enroll deputies in a program that trains local officers to detain criminal illegal immigrants. Sheriff Stan Barry says the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told him last month ...

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