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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) The National Park Service is looking for a Virginia resident after a boating accident over the weekend in West Virginia that killed at least one person. Chief Ranger Jeff West says Richmond, Va.-resident Sam Acord and another man are missing.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Massey Energy Co. says it will halt production at mines in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia on the first anniversary of the deaths of 29 miners in the Upper Big Branch explosion. The Richmond, Va.-based coal producer said it's also planning one minute and 29 seconds of silence at 3:02 p.m. Tuesday.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia lawmakers listened to college students, black leaders, Latino advocates and other reformers appeal for a less political process for redrawing the state's legislative districts. Then they convened in a special session Monday and began work on fast-tracked bills that largely protect incumbents and entrench partisan power.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia is participating in a program that encourages K-12 schools to recycle. State officials announced the Dream Machine Recycle Rally program on Monday. Corporate partners are PepsiCo and Waste Management.

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) Federal officials will study the effects of two decades of mercury releases from a DuPont plant in Waynesboro. The study's findings will help determine funding for mitigation projects.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) Authorities are investigating a single-engine plane crash that killed two people in Virginia. Virginia State Police identify the victims of yesterday's crash as 45-year-old James Lawrence Stidfole II of Yorktown, and his sister, 42-year-old Teresa Marie Hill of Virginia Beach.

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