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Ex-Minnesota Orchestra maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dies
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Ex-Minnesota Orchestra maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former longtime Minnesota Orchestra music director Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who conducted major orchestras in England, Japan and other countries, died Tuesday after suffering a second stroke earlier this month, the orchestra said. He was 93. Skrowaczewski’s family told Minnesota Orchestra president Kevin Smith that he died at a suburban Minneapolis hospital, according to … Continue reading

Officials in legal pot state vow to fight federal crackdown
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Officials in legal pot state vow to fight federal crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal, vow to fight any federal crackdown on the nascent industry after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said they should expect to see stepped-up enforcement of anti-pot laws. Bob Ferguson, attorney general in Washington state, which joined Colorado in 2012 as the first states … Continue reading

Ellen, Wal-Mart give scholarships to school’s senior class
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Ellen, Wal-Mart give scholarships to school’s senior class

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres has handed out college scholarships to the entire senior class of a New York City charter school. DeGeneres surprised the 41 students from Brooklyn’s Summit Academy this week at her California studio during the taping of Thursday’s episode of her chat show.  The four-year scholarships paid for by Wal-Mart … Continue reading

European grocery store chain to begin hiring in Virginia
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European grocery store chain to begin hiring in Virginia

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Lidl, the German no-frills supermarket chain, is set to begin hiring in Virginia for some of its first stores in the U.S. The chain announced Thursday that it would begin hiring 800 store associates for locations in 12 Virginia cities. Spokesman Will Harwood tells the Free Lance-Star (http://bit.ly/2mcPiKd ) the hires … Continue reading

More than 2,000 Norfolk and Portsmouth residents sign up to receive toll relief
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More than 2,000 Norfolk and Portsmouth residents sign up to receive toll relief

Program will ease the financial pressure of Elizabeth River Tunnels tolls on residents most impacted PORTSMOUTH – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday, Feb. 24, more than 2,000 Norfolk and Portsmouth residents will receive financial assistance for Elizabeth River Tunnels tolls beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Toll Relief, the first program of its kind in the … Continue reading