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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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