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RONAOKE, Va. (AP) A clean-air group is backing a proposed wind farm on Poor Mountain as a way to improve air quality in the Roanoke Valley. The Greater Roanoke Valley Asthma and Air Quality Coalition adopted a resolution supporting the project. The support is contingent upon regulatory approval.

SURRY, Va. (AP) Federal regulators have approved a request to increase the generating capacity at Dominion Virginia Power's Surry County nuclear reactors. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced the approval yesterday.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A new study concludes that offshore wind power in Atlantic waters could supply nearly half the current electricity generation of the East Coast. The study by Oceana also says offshore wind power could create up to 200,000 jobs or more.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the case of two former Blackwater workers accused of murdering two unarmed Afghan civilians and wounding a third man in Kabul. The jury remained deadlocked after several days of deliberations. A new trial date was set for March 1.

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