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News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for the wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell say her interactions with a businessman may have been "tacky" but were not illegal. Jurors heard closing arguments today. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are accused of taking gifts from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for touting his company's product.

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The pilot who was killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr. Officials with the Massachusetts Air National Guard say Fontenot was the inspector general for the 104th Fighter Wing. He had had more than 2,300 flight hours of experience.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he'll sign "The Patriot Pledge" and begin the process of making his office a certified "Virginia Values Veterans" employer. Herring called Virginia's military connections and veteran population a tremendous resource.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Federal Trade Commission want smore information about Reynolds American's planned $25 billion takeover of rival cigarette maker Lorillard. In July, Reynolds announced the deal to combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies, creating a formidable challenge to rival Altria Group, owner of Philip Morris USA.

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