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Man accused of dealing large quantities of heroin, cocaine

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Federal agents say the former operator of a Norfolk convenience store dealt large quantities of heroin and cocaine since 2010. The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1lazMcZ ) reports that 50-year-old Kenneth L. Parker ofChesapeake was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute narcotics and ordered to be held without bond on Thursday. According … Continue reading

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More states wade into legal fight on greenhouse gases

WASHINGTON (AP) — A legal battle is brewing in Washington over President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, setting states economically dependent on fossil fuels against those already suffering from longer droughts, stronger storms and higher seas. A coalition of 18 states filed motions Wednesday seeking to defend the Clean Power Plan, responding … Continue reading

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US funds OKd for historic resources surveys in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Funding totaling more than $1.5 million is headed to nine localities in Virginia’s Tidewater and the Eastern Shore to conduct surveys of historic resources. The funding announced Tuesday by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources is from a Hurricane Sandy disaster relief assistance program. The recipients include seven counties: Accomack, Lancaster, … Continue reading

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TowneBank posts 3Q profit

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — TowneBank (TOWN) on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $17.6 million. The Portsmouth, Virginia-based bank said it had earnings of 34 cents per share. The community bank posted revenue of $76 million in the period. TowneBank shares have climbed 38 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes … Continue reading

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State elections board removes official who made racist posts

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s elections board dumped a local official who made racially tinged Facebook posts praising the Confederacy and suggesting that blacks who protested against Republican policies weren’t “productive good citizens” with jobs. The State Board of Elections voted 3-2 to dismiss Rowan County Elections Chairman Malcolm “Mac” Butner, whose social media accounts … Continue reading

Is Obama’s health overhaul losing steam?
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Is Obama’s health overhaul losing steam?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The health care law’s historic gains in coverage may be leveling off: The Obama administration announced Thursday it expects only a slight overall increase in enrollment next year. With the 2016 sign-up season two weeks away, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell set a target of 10 million people enrolled … Continue reading