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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech is now notifying parents when students under 21 are disciplined for alcohol- and drug-related violations. The university adopted the police last month after many parental requests. Previously, parents were notified of violations only after a second offense.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) Newport News officials are apologizing to residents who received early morning automated calls about a recycling change. City officials haven't determined how many residents received the calls shortly after midnight or what caused the glitch.

DENDRON, Va. (AP) The Dendron Town Council has approved zoning changes necessary for Old Dominion Electric Cooperative to build what could become Virginia's largest coal-fired power plant. The council's decision came late yesterday on a tie-breaking vote cast by the mayor.

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