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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) More than 9,600 Appalachian Power customers in southwest Virginia remain without electricity in the aftermath of a winter storm. The storm dropped several inches of snow in parts of Virginia yesterday.

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) The question of whether a man accused of killing eight people in Appomattox is mentally competent to stand trial goes before a judge this afternoon. The hearing comes in the case of 41-year-old Christopher Speight, who is charged with capital murder in the January slayings of his sister and seven others.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Henrico County officials have refused to allow a landfill to deposit coal ash and other materials. East End had approval from the state to use the materials for structural fill. But the landfill's existing county permit limits material deposited there to construction, demolition and debris waste.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Sixty-seven organizations want the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to resume accepting a federal work permit as proof that a driver's license applicant is legally in the U.S. Critics say the DMV failed to consider the far reach of its decision to stop taking the permits on legally present immigrants.

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