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Dominion Proposes New Natural Gas Power Plant

Dominion Virginia Power is asking state regulators for permission to build a new gas-fired power plant in Brunswick County. 

The state's largest utility, which serves about 2.3 million customers, filed its request with the State Corporation Commission on Friday. Dominion says the proposed $1.3 billion facility near Lawrenceville would create more than 500 construction jobs and more than 40 full-time jobs. 

If approved, the Richmond-based company expects the power station would be completed by the spring of 2016. The initial increase to the typical residential customer would be 83 cents, starting Sept. 1, 2013. 

The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club opposes the new plant and says the company should look to cleaner energy, such as wind and solar. 

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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.
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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
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John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.
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When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

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