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Top News & Analysis Virginia

  • RICHMOND, Va.-- Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc., which sells Marlboro and other brands abroad, expects a slowdown in the third quarter as it laps large cigarette volume gains last year. Philip Morris International has compensated for consumers buying fewer, or cheaper, cigarettes _ and for the weak economy _ by cutting costs and raising prices.

  • NEW YORK-- A Republican-leaning independent group supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid is spending $11.1 million on new television ads aimed at women. The group planned to air the new ad on national and local cable stations, and in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

  • "It's just way too much," says Scot French, a history professor at the University of Central Florida. He lives along the swing-voting Interstate 4 corridor that will play an important role in deciding whether President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins the state, and perhaps the White House.

  • MCLEAN, Va.-- Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. is buying ARINC Inc.' s defense systems engineering and support unit for about $154 million in cash. The parent company of consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton said Tuesday that the division will complement its existing service base.

  • WITH HONORS: College savings plans offered through four states earned top marks from Morningstar in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans. PRETTY GOOD: Four other plans earned silver-medal honors from Morningstar. Those 529 plans are sponsored by Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia.

  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-- With the economy showing some signs of improvement three weeks before Election Day, President Barack Obama on Monday laid down a full embrace of the economic record many Republicans say is his biggest weakness.

  • RICHMOND, Va.-- One of the companies vying to operate some of the Virginia's port terminals has dropped out of the competition. State Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that Carlyle Group has withdrawn its proposal.

  • BOSTON-- College savings plans offered through the states of Alaska, Maryland, Nevada and Utah earned top marks from Morningstar Inc. in the company's annual update to ratings of so-called 529 plans.

  • ABINGDON, Va.-- A grand jury in Virginia has returned charges against five West Virginia men for an alleged scheme to withdraw more than $10 million in cash from financial institutions to pay kickbacks to mine supply buyers. In exchange for a 10 percent fee, J.D. "Dot" McReynolds of Tazewell, Va., provided cash and fraudulent invoices to the coal operators.

  • BELLEVUE, Wash.-- The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $4.10. That's the same as a week ago and 4 cents higher than a month ago. Bellingham $4.20, Bremerton $4.10, Seattle- Bellevue- Everett $4.13, Tacoma $4.11, Olympia $4.14, Vancouver $4.10, Yakima $4.02, Tri-Cities $3.99, and Spokane $3.92.

  • Spoiler Alert! G.O.P. Fighting Libertarian’s Spot on the Ballot

    Concerned that Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson could hurt the Romney campaign, Republicans across the country have been working to keep him off the ballot, The New York Times reports.

  • NEWPORT NEWS, Va.-- A small but important fish for the Chesapeake Bay is the focus of a public meeting in Virginia. The Atlantic States Fisheries Commission is scheduled to hear from the public Monday night in Newport News on the future of the Atlantic menhaden. But a debate has been raging about that fishery based in Reedville and conducted by Omega Protein.

  • While Virginia escaped the worst of the recession _ unemployment peaked at 7.3 percent _ uneasiness about the future is in the air. For good reason: The state's fortunes are tied to the outcome of the deficit debate on Capitol Hill and its outcome could dramatically alter its economy. Virginia is home to the Pentagon, the CIA, Naval Station Norfolk, Fort A.P.

  • The U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee called on the Massachusetts pharmacy board to tell congressional staff what it knew about the New England Compounding Center before the recall of more than 17,000 vials of injectable steroid treatments for back and joint pain from health facilities in 23 states.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday widened its investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak to include the role health regulators played in monitoring the pharmacy that produced steroid treatments suspected of causing the crisis.

  • AKRON, Ohio, Oct 12- A man lured to Ohio by a phony Craigslist job ad testified on Friday that a teenager charged with trying to kill him waited in a car while an accomplice walked into a heavily wooded area with the victim and shot him last November.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday widened its investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak to include the role health regulators played in monitoring the pharmacy that produced steroid treatments suspected of causing the crisis.

  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York President Dudley speaks before a National Association for Business Economics conference in New York, 8 a.m.. Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker speaks on "Economic Outlook, October 2012" before a group of business and government leaders in Roanoke, Virginia, 12:45 p.m..

  • Oct 12- The deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis expanded to 12 states with the first case confirmed in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday, bringing the total of cases to 184..

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The Greenbrier resort is buying one of the nation's oldest golf courses after it failed to sell at auction over the summer, the resort's owner told The Associated Press on Friday. Greenbrier owner Jim Justice confirmed the purchase of Oakhurst Links.