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HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) A plea agreement calls for a Stuarts Draft man to serve life in prison after he has pleaded guilty to a deadly shooting last April at a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook. Fifty-seven-year-old Ralph Leon Jackson will be sentenced in June.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Dominion Virginia Power says starting next month, the bills of residential customers will increase by about a $1.06 per month. Officials say the increase is to let the utility recover costs that include the construction of a coal-fired power plant in Wise County.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) The toll on the Chesapeake Expressway that connects Interstate 64 in Chesapeake to North Carolina and its Outer Banks is going up starting May 1st. The city council voted yesterday to increase it from two dollars to six dollars on summer weekends and three dollars on weekdays and during the off-season.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Tobacco maker Star Scientific says the Food and Drug Administration has informed the company that two of its dissolvable tobacco lozenges are outside the law regulating tobacco, which may allow them to be marketed. The Virginia company says the agency's notices say its Ariva-BDL and Stonewall-BDL products aren't subject to regulation.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The state Board of Education plans to adopt the first statewide guidelines to help school districts prevent sexual abuse and misconduct. Earlier versions of the proposed guidelines had barred one-on-one text-messaging between teachers and students and restricted activity on Facebook and other social-networking sites.

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Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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