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QUANTICO, Va. (AP) First lady Michelle Obama is appealing for donations of toys for older children for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program. Mrs. Obama traveled to a Toys for Tots warehouse near the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, today to deliver some of the more than 500 toys collected during a White House drive.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) Appalachian Power has received a new 30-year license to operate the Smith Mountain Pumped Storage Project. Appalachian Power's existing 50-year license for the hydroelectric project expires March 31st, 2010.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A survey says Virginia residents aren't well informed about how charter schools work. The Commonwealth Education Poll found that 64 percent of its respondents have heard or read nothing or very little about charter schools; 27 percent have received some information and 8 percent said they have heard or read a lot about charter schools.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Dominion Resources says it's going to spend $253 million to expand natural gas gathering, processing and shipping operations in West Virginia. The Richmond-based power company says it hopes to make the system more efficient and better able to handle large quantities of gas.

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