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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The man accused of driving into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August is now charged with first-degree murder. James Alex Fields appear in court for a hearing Thursday. Prosecutors allege that Fields rammed his vehicle into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally. One woman was killed and several people were injured.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has appointed Virginia's next Secretary of Natural Resources and the next Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. Northam announced Thursday that Matt Strickler will be his Secretary of Natural Resources.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An artificial pancreas that uses technology to reduce blood-sugar variation in people with diabetes is one of the inventions awarded grant money from the Virginia Research Investment Fund. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced this week that the fund has awarded a total of $1.4 million in grants to support promising technologies with strong commercial prospects at Virginia universities.

(AP) - An investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has found that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. ranks among the deadliest manufacturers in the nation for workers, with five deaths since 2015. The investigation also found safety lapses contributing to deaths of motorists. Tires involved in three fatal accidents were made in Goodyear plants in Fayetteville, N.C., and Danville, Va., where intense production demands and leaks in the roof have endangered workers and consumers.

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