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MILITARY JET CRASH-VIRGINIA

Military: Pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Military officials in Massachusetts say they've confirmed that the pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed in remote Virginia mountains was killed.

Col. James Keefe says his "thoughts and prayers are with the family" of the pilot, whose identity hasn't been disclosed.

The pilot and jet were with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard.

The F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground.

Authorities said the pilot of the single-seat jet was headed to New Orleans for radar installation as part of routine maintenance and reported an inflight emergency before losing radio contact.

FORMER GOVERNOR TRIAL

Testimony wraps up in former Va. governor trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -Closing arguments are set for Friday morning in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

The last witness Thursday was an FBI agent who testified that the McDonnells were together 90 percent of the nights during the 22 months that were the focus of the investigation. The testimony is intended to undercut a defense claim that the McDonnells' marriage was so fractured they couldn't have engaged in a conspiracy.

The McDonnells are charged with taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.

Williams testified under immunity that he spent lavishly on the McDonnells only to secure their help. McDonnell denied criminal wrongdoing.

IMMIGRATION PROTEST-WHITE HOUSE

145 arrested at protest against US deportations

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Park Police say 145 people were arrested during a protest against U.S. deportations of migrants in the country illegally in a rally outside the White House.

Activists from CASA de Maryland and CASA de Virginia organized a crowd of hundreds of protesters Thursday. They called on President Barack Obama to stop deportations and make a decision on how to provide relief for immigrant families.

The groups say stopping deportations of migrant children from Central America should be a top priority.

Police spokesman Lt. Richard Butler says it was a peaceful protest. But protesters planned to engage in civil disobedience. In total, 145 protesters were arrested and charged with blocking a sidewalk. They were released after paying a $50 fine.

An estimated 2 million people have been deported since 2009.

BATTLEFIELD PRESERVATION

Grants awarded to protect battlefields in 3 states

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The National Park Service has awarded more than half a million dollars in grants to help protect four Civil War battlefields in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The funding includes $267,164 to preserve about 107 acres of the Bentonville Battlefield in North Carolina.

The park service also awarded $119,374 to preserve about 43 acres of the Kelly's Ford Battlefield and about 66 acres of the Rappahannock Station I Battlefield in Virginia.

Another $96,777 grant was awarded to protect 1.8 acres of the Shepherdstown Battlefield in West Virginia.

The park service announced the grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund in a news release on Tuesday.

ROCKET LAUNCH

Rocket launch from Wallops Island tests new tech

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rockets.

NASA says a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket was launched at 5 a.m. Thursday from the agency's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The new deployment method uses small rocket motors to eject sub-payloads from a rocket's main payload. Thursday's test included releasing vapor traces in space.

The agency says vapor clouds resulting from the test, along with the launch, were seen as far away as southern New Jersey, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The NASA Sounding Rocket Program Office is reviewing data on the test's performance.

MEDICAID BILLING SCHEME

Va. couple's Medicaid fraud trial begins

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Suffolk couple is on trial on charges of defrauding Medicaid.

W. Wayne Perry Jr. and his wife, Angela Perry, are charged with health care fraud, aggravated identity theft and several other counts.

W. Wayne Perry Jr. owns Community Personal Care Inc. in Norfolk and his wife worked for him. The Perrys are accused of submitting fraudulent claims to the Virginia Medicaid program and receiving more than $1 million in payments. They also are accused of altering office records to conceal the payments.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the jury heard opening arguments Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk.

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