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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) GOP candidate Bob McDonnell has an 8-point lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds in the latest poll for governor. McDonnell is favored by 49 percent of registered voters and Deeds has 41-percent backing in the weekend survey by the Clarus Research Group.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Police are seeking a Virginia Tech student who disappeared from a Metallica concert in Charlottesville over the weekend. The mother of Morgan Dana Harrington says she has talked with her daughter every day and the student's disappearance is out of character.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Virginia Department of Education says more students are graduating from public high schools than in past years. Officials say 83 percent of students in the class of 2009 graduated after four years of high school, up from a year earlier.

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) Mohawk Industries has announced it's shutting down its carpet-backing plant in Waynesboro. The company says it has no choice but to lay off about 120 workers because of slumping demand for carpet products in a soft housing market.

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