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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) Authorities say two people were taken to the hospital after a small plane carrying two people struck the side of a UPS freight facility near the Roanoke Regional Airport. Virginia State Police Sergeant Bob Carpentieri says the plane struck the freight terminal just before 1 p.m. today.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A State Corporation Commission hearing examiner says a reduction of Kentucky Utilities' fuel rate should go deeper. An interim rate approved by the SCC on February 17th reduced by $6.94 the monthly bill of a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia regulators are hearing testimony on a proposed rate increase for Appalachian Power customers. The State Corporation Commission today began an evidentiary hearing in Richmond to discuss the company's request for an about 12.5 percent base rate increase.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The U.S. Department of Education says Virginia should better demonstrate its efforts to boost teacher quality and adopt common standards and assessments to improve its chances of receiving Race to the Top funding. The critique was released yesterday.

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