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DUBLIN, Va. (AP) Volvo Trucks North America is laying off 50 workers at its Pulaski County factory. The company said in June it would lay off employees as work from its Dublin plant shifts to Pennsylvania.

LORTON, Va. (AP) The military is conducting a joint exercise with local emergency responders in the Washington area. The exercise, called "Capital Shield 2010," is being held at the Lorton Youth Detention Center on today and tomorrow.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Organizers expect large turnouts at a series of hearings on a federal proposal to ban or at least suspend a streamlined permitting process for Appalachian surface coal mines. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues the permits and is holding hearings on the idea six states, including Virginia.

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) A landmark motel has fallen in southwest Virginia. The Robert E. Lee Motel was demolished yesterday in Washington County. It had stood since the 1940s on Lee Highway, which before the advent of the interstate system was the major road connecting southern and northern Virginia.

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