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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Kaine will not stop the execution of a former Army counterintelligence worker from Maryland who is set to die by electrocution for killing a northern Virginia couple. Sixty-year-old Larry Bill Elliott is scheduled to be executed at 9 p.m. today at for the January 2001 shooting deaths of 25-year-old Dana Thrall and 30-year-old Robert Finch.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia lawmakers have learned that state government could experience a budget shortfall of nearly $3 billion in the next two fiscal years. The grim forecast for the next state budget comes on top of $5.6 billion in reductions to the current two-year state budget.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Kaine is commending the Virginia Board of Education for its efforts to improve education for the state's 1 million-plus students. Kaine met with board members at their monthly meeting today to talk about the panel's work during his term.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) A 570-foot barge that went aground in the surf off of Virginia Beach is making its way back to open waters. Salvage crews began towing the barge with two tugs this morning. They plan to use a third tug at high tide this evening to move the barge even more.

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