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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell has appointed lieutenant governor Bill Bolling his administration's new jobs czar and made it a position in his cabinet. McDonnell also appointed retired Fortune 500 CEO Bob Sledd to be his commerce secretary and named longtime aide and adviser Janet Polarek Secretary of the Commonwealth.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) President Barack Obama has approved federal aid for localities in Virginia that were affected by a nor'easter in November. The declaration announced today covers Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach, and the counties of Halifax, Isle of Wight, King and Queen, Northampton and Surry.

LOUISA, Va. (AP) One of two nuclear reactors at Dominion Virginia Power's North Anna Power Station is shut down because of a breaker problem. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Unit Two was shut down Wednesday after a problem was discovered in an electrical supply breaker.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) Mill Mountain Zoo's 16-year-old female snow leopard Natasha has died from cancer. The Roanoke zoo says Natasha died yesterday. The snow leopard was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in November and the cancer spread.

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