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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Authorities are investigating the severing of a gas line at Congressman Tom Perriello's brother's home following the posting of his address online by Tea Party activists. The activists are upset with the congressman's vote in favor of the health care reform.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. McDonnell has appointed a nine-term Republican member of the House of Delegates to head the state's troubled information technology superagency. Del. Sam Nixon is the first state chief information officer appointed to head the Virginia Information Technology Agency.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A think tank funded largely by charities and advocates for the needy says 37,000 mostly public sector jobs will be lost from the spending cuts in the new state budget. The nonpartisan Commonwealth Institute predicts the heaviest job losses will be in the health care and social assistance fields and in education services.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The parents of a British exchange student at Virginia Commonwealth University are asking the public for help in finding their missing son. Alan and Debbie Dorey pleaded for information about their son, Jonathan, in a videotaped statement released today by VCU Police.

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At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

First hired in the 1950s, Floyd Norman is still drawing. "Creative people don't hang it up," he says. "We don't walk away, we don't want to sit in a lawn chair. ... We want to continue to work. "
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America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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