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What’s News Today for August 3

Here’s a look at some of the stories we’ll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.

Confederate Flag Virginia Plates

Federal judge upholds ban on new Confederate flag plates, deciding what happens to existing plates

A federal judge decided Friday to uphold Virginia’s ban on issuing any new license plates with the Confederate flag and will soon decide wha…

Bear permits now on sale in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s wildlife management commission on Monday started selling permits for bear hunting for the first time in two d…

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The headquarters of Alpha Natural Resources Inc. stands in Abingdon, Virginia.

Virginia coal company files bankruptcy

(CNBC NEWS) -Alpha Natural Resources is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the fourth big coal producer to do so within the last t…