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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) The Western District of Virginia has a new U.S. attorney. Timothy Heaphy has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District and in Washington, D.C. He had worked in private practice since 2006.

MIDDLETOWN, Va. (AP) Thermo Fisher Scientific Incorporated is planning an $8.9 million expansion of its Middletown facility that will create 50 jobs. Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced the expansion today. Kaine says the science supply company is adding a new medical liquid formula line at the manufacturing facility.

STANLEYTOWN, Va. (AP) Stanley Furniture Company is planning layoffs and implementing a voluntary early retirement program due to slumping earnings and sales. Officials say the number of layoffs will be determined by the first week of December. He said a ``vast majority'' will occur at the furniture maker's manufacturing facility and corporate offices in Stanleytown.

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) A federal jury has awarded $200,000 to a newspaper publisher after deciding the Buchanan County School Board unconstitutionally banned him from school grounds. The jury in Abingdon ruled yesterday after a three-day trial on a lawsuit filed by Earl Cole of The Voice, a twice-monthly newspaper.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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