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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) A Virginia commission has awarded $5 million to Babcock + Wilcox Co. to support development of the company's new class of mini nuclear reactors. The company says it received the grant for its Integrated System Test facility, which is being built in Bedford County. Testing is expected to begin this summer.

FORT SUMTER NATIONAL MONUMENT, S.C. (AP) The opening salvo of the American Civil War will be recreated in the harbor of Charleston, S.C., to mark this week's 150th anniversary of the start of the conflict. The superintendent of Fort Sumter National Monument, Tim Stone, says the observance is not a celebration but a somber commemoration of a war in which 600,000 Americans died.

ORANGE, Va. (AP) A Virginia high school soccer coach has been arrested on rape charges. Prosecutors say the charges involve two girls, but neither are students at Orange High School, nor Orange County residents. Steven Bowers faces two counts of forcible rape.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Spring turkey season has opened for Virginia hunters and officials say even non-hunters need to take care in the woods. Hunting is open until noon in April and all day through the end of the season in May.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The History Channel is teaming up with battlefield preservation groups and educators to complement its programming commitment to the Civil War's sesquicentennial. The partnership announced Sunday includes the GIVE 150 program, which encourages private contributions to the fundraising arm of the National Park Service.

NEW CASTLE, Va. (AP) Authorities are investigating a glider crash in Craig County that killed a Virginia Tech professor. Media outlets report that the glider crashed yesterday afternoon in a wooded area at the New Castle International Gliderport. State police identified the glider's pilot as 59-year-old Meir Isaac Schneller of Blacksburg.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Richmond is preparing to launch a mental health court that will allow some mentally ill defendants to receive treatment instead of jail time. Similar courts have been established in Norfolk and Petersburg. Richmond's mental health court will begin May 10 in General District Court.

NEW CASTLE, Va. (AP) Authorities say a glider crash in Craig County killed a Virginia Tech professor. Media outlets report that the glider crashed yesterday afternoon in a wooded area at the New Castle International Gliderport. State police identified the glider's pilot as 59-year-old Meir Isaac Schneller of Blacksburg.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Premier Financial Bancorp says it's completed the merger of five banking subsidiaries. The newly minted Premier Bank has $820 million in assets and 23 branches in West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

PULASKI, Va. (AP) Authorities say two tornadoes in Pulaski County did an estimated $8.5 million in damage. Media outlets report that more than 400 structures in the Town of Pulaski and the Draper community were damaged by Friday night's tornadoes. Eight people were treated for non-threatening injuries.

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) Biologists are using remote cameras to take stock of wildlife along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Images of black bear, deer, bobcats and other animals have been captured along the road. Parkway wildlife biologist Tom Davis tells The News Virginian that the National Park Service wants a better understanding of the parkway's species and biodiversity.

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