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WASHINGTON (AP) - As Congress appeared ready to reopen the government Monday on the third day of a shutdown, some federal workers said they are angry that a political battle had put their jobs on hold and left them in limbo. J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said his members are frustrated that the inability of Congress and President Donald Trump to negotiate a budget led to the shutdown.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker says drawing lots from a ceramic bowl is not the best way to determine the outcome of an election recount. The Daily Press reported Monday that Del. Marcia Price has introduced a proposal to hold a special election the next time a recount vote results in a tie. Officials resorted to the "drawing of lots" earlier this month to break the tie between incumbent Republican Del. David Yancey and his challenger, Shelly Simonds, in the 94th district. Yancey retained his seat.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gun dealers in Virginia say firearms sales have fallen during President Donald Trump's first year in office. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Friday that fewer people are afraid the Republican administration will restrict gun sales. Firearms purchases dropped 3.5 percent last year, falling below the record half-million mark set in 2016. Gun shops described the decline as a "hangover" following the panicked buying during the Democratic Obama administration.

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Developers have scrapped plans to build a natural-gas fired power plant in southside Virginia, a project local officials had hoped could boost the area's economy. Southern Power recently informed state and local officials it no longer plans to move forward with the project, which was in an early stage. The subsidiary of Atlanta-based energy giant Southern Company announced plans for the plant in 2016.

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