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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) A company that makes and installs steel beams say about 100 new jobs will be created when it locates a facility in Virginia. Canadian-based Canatal Steel says the new plant will be located in the former O'Neal Metals building in Botetourt County.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) Former longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas has become a columnist for a free weekly paper in a Washington suburb, months after a controversy forced her from her previous post. Thomas's first column about Social Security appeared today in the Falls Church News-Press, a northern Virginia publication with circulation of about 30,000.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The mother of U.S. Senator Jim Webb of Virginia has died in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Webb's office say Vera Hodges Webb died on Monday after a long illness. She was 85.

AMELIA, Va. (AP) A woman in prison for killing her boyfriend has been sentenced to 43 years for murdering her husband, whose headless remains were found in a shallow grave in Amelia County. Ulisa Chavers entered an Alford plea, which means she didn't admit guilt but acknowleged there was enough evidence to convict.

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