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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) A federal investigator says the pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed at Roanoke Regional Airport had reported a control problem before clipping wires and hitting a UPS Freight building. Officials say pilot Peter Sheeran died yesterday at a hospital. Passenger John Whitmer was listed in serious condition.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell is applauding President Barack Obama's decision to open portions of the Atlantic coast to offshore energy exploration. He says Virginia is first in line to begin exploration.

FRONT ROYAL, Va. (AP) A Virginia man facing an animal cruelty charge for skinning a guinea pig to make a hat now is accused of threatening children. Forty-one-year-old Charles Woodson of Front Royal was in court yesterday for a hearing on whether his bond should be revoked.

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