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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The governor says more jobs are on the way as a rechargeable battery pack supplier will establish its U.S. headquarters in Virginia Beach. BMZ USA Incorporated will create 15 jobs at start-up with plans to grow to 50 employees after the first year.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A Somali man federal prosecutors say was the chief negotiator for a group of pirates who took four Americans hostage and later killed them has been indicted on piracy and kidnapping charges. Mohammad Saaili Shibin was scheduled to make a court appearance today in Norfolk.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) An enterprising Roanoke County family is helping others bridge the language gap after conquering their own. Baraka Kasongo and his family fled genocide in Rwanda and the Congo about 10 years ago. Now his family has launched an interpreting business called Volatia that employs 75 interpreters locally.

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) A Staunton man who drove 100 miles per hour in a 35-mph zone has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for causing an accident that injured four people. The News Virginian reports 31-year-old Scott Edward Knight was sentenced yesterday.

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) A search of the New River for a fisherman who's been missing for more than a week has been suspended due to high, fast-moving water. National Park Service Chief Jeff West said today that runoff from recent rains has increased the river's flow in the search area to more than 36,000 cubic feet per second.

CHARL0TTESVILLE, Va. (AP) The Virginia Department of Corrections has settled a lawsuit that challenged the agency's ban on inmates receiving spoken-word compact discs. Kyle Mabe's lawsuit claimed that prison officials violated his right to exercise his religious beliefs when they refused to let him order a sermon on CD.

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