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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) State officials say 25 jobs will be created in an expansion of a Danville plant that creates driver's licenses and identification cards for the Department of Motor Vehicles. Gov. McDonnell announced the $1.1 million expansion today.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The announcement that the governor is revamping the parole board has caused prisoner advocates to be hopeful that more inmates will be granted early release. A spokesman for Gov. McDonnell says the new appointees understand his focus on successful prisoner re-entry.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) Next Friday, more than 2,000 acres of the Lynnhaven River will be reopened to unrestricted oyster and clam harvesting. Those areas have been closed since last November to shellfish harvesting because of high bacteria levels.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A former Alabama bank executive has pleaded guilty to a fraud conspiracy that led to the collapse of the bank. Catherine Kissick admitted that she conspired with executives at a mortgage lender to buy hundreds of millions of dollars in worthless mortgages.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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