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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's unemployment rate is holding steady and remains below the national average. The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's adjusted unemployment rate in December was 6.7 percent. That's the same as the revised rate for November and slightly lower than a year ago.

ORANGE, Va. (AP) A judge says it could take two days to hear all the motions in the legal battle over a Walmart near a Virginia Civil War battlefield. A preservation group and local residents who oppose the store are squaring off against the world's largest retailer and the Orange County officials who approved the Supercenter.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Legislature is considering legislation that would require public schools to offer physical-education classes. The Senate voted today to pass the bill, which would change Virginia law to require local school boards to adopt daily physical-education programs for students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

AMHERST, Va. (AP) A former Chesapeake high school administrator convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife has been sentenced to life in prison. Forty-year-old Wesley Earnest also received three years on a weapons charge at today's sentencing.

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