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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

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NEW AND DEVELOPING:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-ADDICTION TREATMENT-VA

PRIVATE SPACE

PHILIP MORRIS INT'L-EARNINGS PREVIEW

BUDGET BATTLE-MUSEUMS

OBAMA-TVA

VIRGINIA TECH-SHOOTING ANNIVERSARY

PATRIOT BANKRUPTCY

HEALTH OVERHAUL-ADDICTION TREATMENT-VA

RICHMOND — More than 100,000 uninsured Virginia residents with drug and alcohol addictions will become eligible for insurance when the federal health care overhaul goes into effect next year. By Michael Felberbaum.

PRIVATE SPACE

ATLANTIC — NASA and Orbital Sciences host a pre-launch news conference about the Antares rocket, which will be sent into space Wednesday as part of a test run to get the company to start delivering supplies to the International Space Station later this year. The launch from Wallops Island may be seen as far away as Pittsburgh, Charleston, S.C., and Portland, Maine. By Brock Vergakis.

PHILIP MORRIS INT'L-EARNINGS PREVIEW

RICHMOND — Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc., which sells Marlboro and other brands abroad, is expected to report higher profit and revenue when it releases its first-quarter results before the market opens on Thursday. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Whether cutting costs and raising prices continued to help Philip Morris International compensate for consumers buying fewer, or cheaper, cigarettes. By Michael Felberbaum.

BUDGET BATTLE-MUSEUMS

WASHINGTON — Budget cuts from Congress will soon reduce the number of free exhibitions on view each day at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. According to written testimony, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough (CLUFF) plans to tell Congress on Tuesday that the museum complex must reduce its security contract for gallery attendants because of the budget cuts. As a result, the Smithsonian plans to begin rolling gallery closures after May 1. Brett Zongker.

OBAMA-TVA

WASHINGTON — In a political role reversal, Republicans are blasting President Barack Obama's plan to consider selling the Tennessee Valley Authority, an icon of the New Deal long targeted by conservatives as an example of government overreach. Obama's 2014 budget proposal calls for a strategic review of the TVA, the nation's largest public utility with 9 million customers in seven states from Virginia to Mississippi. By Matthew Daly.

AP Photos WX203-0503071800, WX202-0325111347, WX204-0113120154, WX201-0325111240.

VIRGINIA TECH-SHOOTING ANNIVERSARY

RICHMOND — About 70 people gathered in Richmond on Tuesday for a ceremony marking the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Among the speakers was Joe Samaha, whose daughter Reema was one of the 32 people killed. Samaha is president of the Virginia Tech Family Outreach Foundation, which was formed after the 2007 shooting rampage to promote campus safety.

PATRIOT BANKRUPTCY

ST. LOUIS — The United Mine Workers union is leading another big rally as part of its ongoing battle with Patriot Coal, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal in St. Louis. Union members and supporters say they'll plant 1,000 white crosses Tuesday at Kiener Plaza, across from Peabody headquarters. They say the crosses honor the memory of 666 people who died at coal mines operated by the three St. Louis firms and their subsidiaries since 1903.

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