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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) A magistrate judge has ordered a mental examination for a Virginia inmate accused of sending blood-smeared letters threatening President Obama, judges and a federal agent. The Roanoke Times reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski on Monday ordered a competency exam for 23-year-old Richard Wayne Crowder. Prosecutors say Crowder sent the letters last summer to Roanoke and Roanoke County court clerks' offices.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Massey Energy Co. has been hit with more than 80 citations for safety violations uncovered in the latest round of special inspections by federal regulators.The Mine Safety and Health Administration said Monday that the Massey citations are among 166 issued at eight mines in five states during special inspections in February.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) A worker has died from injuries suffered when she was hit by a forklift at APM Terminals in Portsmouth. Media outlets report that the 38-year-old woman was struck Monday morning as she was guiding a crane operator. She died at a local hospital.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) The Virginia Aquarium plans to perform a necropsy to determine what killed a whale that washed up on Virginia Beach. The nearly 40-foot-long Sei whale's body was found Sunday morning in Sandbridge.

ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (AP) A 71-year-old Gloucester woman faces up to 10 years in prison when she's sentenced this week on a bigamy plea. Shirley Smith-Smart is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Isle of Wight Circuit Court. The defendant also is known as Shirley Inez Cassara.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) Foundation work and other repairs are planned at Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer's former home in Lynchburg. The Easley Foundation awarded a $24,000 grant for structural improvements at the historic Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum.

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