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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense says a soldier from Richmond was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan. Twenty-seven-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Jaime Newman was an infantry squad leader assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky.

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Massey Energy chief executive Don Blankenship and other industry-related officials plan to appear at a coal symposium in Bluefield, W.Va. Blankenship is scheduled to be the featured speaker tonight at the two-day Bluefield Coal Symposium. The head of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration will make a presentation this afternoon.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An appeals court in Virginia will consider a lawsuit challenging the secrecy provisions of a federal whistleblower law. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond hears arguments today.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia's wineries are the subject of a new film. Silverthorn Films in Charlottesville has created a movie called "Vintage: The Winemaker's Year," that is set to premiere next month on PBS stations nationwide.

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