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BREAKS, Va. (AP) The first phase of a project to build the tallest bridges in Virginia is getting under way on the Route 460 connector in Buchanan county. Highway officials say two bridges spanning Grass Creek in that area will be more than 250 feet high when completed.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) The University of Virginia has identified the student who died after falling from the roof of the physics building at the Charlottesville school. Officials say first-year student Thomas W. Gilliam IV was declared dead after the fall and authorities say foul play and suicide have been ruled out.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech's spring commencement speaker will be Kenneth Feinberg, a lawyer who's served as an administrator for funds to compensate those harmed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and last year's BP oil spill. Feinberg is to address the graduates on May 13.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) A judge says the rape of a student on the University of Mary Washington's campus is a tragic case but the school isn't liable for criminal acts on its property. The Fredericksburg Circuit Court judge made the ruling yesterday in the lawsuit filed by the student.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) Portsmouth police have identified a worker who died after she was hit by a forklift at APM Terminals Virginia. Police say 38-year-old Paula Bellamy of Portsmouth was helping guide a crane operator by radio when she was struck yesterday morning. She died at a local hospital.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is kicking off a two-week tour of the state aimed at promoting job creation and economic development. McDonnell's office says the "Virginia at Work!" tour starts today and runs until April 15.

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) Preserving forests and wetlands are among the goals of a proposed long-term plan for the Presquile National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located on an island in the James River in southern Chesterfield County.

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