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Rolls-Royce to build new Va manufacturing plant

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (AP) — Aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce is planning to build a new Virginia plant to make produce turbine blades for its engines.

The company said Wednesday that it is investing $136 million to develop the advanced airfoil machining plant in Prince George County, creating 140 jobs.

It will be located alongside the company's engine components facility at the Rolls-Royce Crosspointe campus that opened in May 2011.

Officials say the 90,000-square-foot plant will produce turbine blades and nozzle guide vanes for its engines used on some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world.

Rolls-Royce North America says construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, with the first components being produced in late 2014.


Panel to examine Greenbrier casino day trip claims

(Information in the following story is from: The Charleston Gazette,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia Lottery Commission panel will investigate allegations that day trippers have been allowed to gamble at The Greenbrier's casino in violation of state laws and Lottery regulations.

Lottery Commission chairman Ken Greear will head the three-member subcommittee. The Charleston Gazette reports that Greear announced the investigation Tuesday.

Greear says the panel's findings will be presented during a Lottery Commission special work session on Nov. 27.

Lottery Director John Musgrave has said day trips to the casino promoted by charter bus companies are beyond the scope of the law that authorized the casino.

The Greenbrier's owner, Jim Justice, has said the resort ordered a stop to third-party advertising of bus trips to the casino after learning about the practice.


Contamination levels still high in 3 Va. waterways

(Information in the following story is from: The Virginian-Pilot,

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Three Virginia waterways remain closed to shellfish harvesting because of high contamination levels.

The state closed most of the lower Chesapeake Bay following Hurricane Sandy due to high levels of coliphage. The virus indicates the presence of human pathogens associated with sewage contamination.

Coliphage levels dropped in most of the waterways and the state reopened them last week.

But state Division of Shellfish Sanitation director Robert Croonerberghs tells The Virginian-Pilot that coliphage levels in the Nansemond, lower James and Lynnhaven rivers remain above federal safety standards.

Croonenberghs says the waterways will remain closed until the coliphage levels decline.

During the storm, a main under Shingle Creek ruptured and spilled more than 18 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Nansemond River tributary. The rupture's cause hasn't been determined.


Ex-Va. corrections officer pleads to sex crime

(Information in the following story is from: The Daily News Leader,

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A former corrections officer convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor has avoided jail time.

Brian M. Peduto received a five-year suspended sentence and five years' probation after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

The News Leader reports that the 21-year-old Staunton resident entered his plea and was sentenced Tuesday in August County Circuit Court.

Authorities say Peduto contacted a 12-year-old girl in July and asked her for sex. He resigned from his job at the Augusta Correctional Center in Craigsville in October.


Ex-officer pleas for info in Va. student's death

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A retired investigator is making a public plea for information about a Virginia Tech student's slaying.

Former Virginia State Police Lt. Joe Rader says in an open letter that whoever has information about Morgan Harrington's death should come forward. He appeals to them to "do the right thing."

The letter is addressed to "The Person With Information on Morgan Harrington's Death."

Harrington disappeared in October 2009 after leaving a concert at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The 20-year-old Roanoke woman's remains were found in January 2010 in a hayfield in Albemarle County.

Rader was the lead investigator in the case until he retired earlier this year. Media outlets report that he released the letter Tuesday.


Quinnipiac Poll: Warner would rule gov race in Va

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new poll of Virginia voters suggests that if Democratic Sen. Mark Warner seeks an encore term as governor, he'd dominate the field. But if he stays put, it's anybody's game.

Quinnipiac University's survey of 1,469 registered Virginia voters from Nov. 8-12 showed that 53 percent would support Warner in a matchup with Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to Bolling's 33 percent.

Matched against Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, 52 percent support Warner and 34 percent back Cuccinelli.

Warner says he'll decide by Thanksgiving whether to seek another term as governor.

The only announced Democrat, Terry McAuliffe, would be about even with Bolling while 41 percent would back him against Cuccinelli, who would receive 37 percent.

The poll's margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.


Hampton police chief quits, claims lack of support

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Hampton's police chief says he resigned because the city isn't providing adequate support for the police department.

Media outlets report that Police Chief Charles R. Jordan announced his resignation Tuesday in a statement released by his attorney.

Jordan's resignation comes as the city investigates an undercover cigarette sting. He had been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 18.

Jordan says his resignation shouldn't be interpreted as an acknowledgement of wrongdoing by him or the department. He says the city's support of the department has declined for several years.

He had served as police chief for eight years and had been with the police department for 34 years.

City Manager Mary Bunting says in an email to police officials that she appreciates Jordan's service to the community and wishes him well.


Virginia Zoo official takes job at San Antonio Zoo

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The supervisor of zookeepers and manager of the Virginia Zoo's bird and reptile collection is leaving after four years in Norfolk.

Craig Pelke will become curator of reptiles and aquatics at the San Antonio Zoo on Dec. 4.

Before coming to the Virginia Zoo in 2008, the graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point was a zookeeper and later an area supervisor at the Milwaukee County Zoo from 1996 to 2008.

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