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Posted on March 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Stories planned for Friday, March 22.

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NEW AND DEVELOPING:

OFFSHORE WINDS

NASA-CONTRACTOR INDICTED

GUN RIGHTS LAWSUIT

COAL SLURRY DAM

ENERGY WORKER SHORTAGE

RECORDING REGISTRY

OFFSHORE WINDS

RICHMOND — Before energy companies invest in developing wind energy off Virginia's coast, they'll need to know what's out there. That was part of the discussion Thursday at a meeting of the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority in Richmond. The authority is attempting to smooth and speed up the development of a vast federal leasing area into wind farms. By Steve Szkotak.

NASA-CONTRACTOR INDICTED

NORFOLK — A former Chinese contractor at NASA's Langley Research Center is scheduled to appear in federal court. Bo Jiang has been indicted by a grand jury for making false statements to federal agents. A preliminary and detention hearing are scheduled for Thursday in Newport News. By Brock Vergakis.

GUN RIGHTS LAWSUIT

RICHMOND — Maryland's law requiring handgun permit applicants to demonstrate a "good and substantial reason" for carrying a weapon outside their own home or business is constitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a judge's ruling that the law violated the Second Amendment. By Larry O'Dell.

COAL SLURRY DAM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Federal regulators have approved Alpha Natural Resources' plan to expand one of the nation's biggest coal slurry impoundments to a height taller than the Hoover Dam. The plan will also increase the volume of waste it holds to 8.5 billion gallons. By Vicki Smith.

ENERGY WORKER SHORTAGE

MORGANTOWN, W.Va — The United States isn't producing enough qualified workers to meet the future needs of the mining and energy sectors, from coal digging and gas drilling to solar and wind power, a new report says. The report released Thursday by the National Research Council urges new partnerships to tackle the problem of retiring Baby Boomers who cannot readily be replaced. That includes a retooling of higher education to produce more young people competent in science, technology, engineering and math. By Vicki Smith.

RECORDING REGISTRY

WASHINGTON — Simon and Garfunkel's song "Sounds of Silence," which was written amid the turmoil following President John F. Kennedy's assassination, will join Chubby Checker's 1960s dance hit "The Twist" as two of 25 recordings selected for preservation at the Library of Congress. These are just a few sounds of the 20th century being added to the National Recording Registry on Thursday for long-term preservation due to their cultural, artistic and historic importance. The library said Checker's rendition of "The Twist" became a symbol for the energy and excitement of the early 60s after "American Bandstand" host Dick Clark chose Checker to record a new version of the song. By Brett Zongker.

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SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-AKRON-VCU

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — VCU coach Shaka Smart and Akron's Keith Dambrot used to work together and are good friends, but will put their relationship on hold for 2-plus hours tonight. By Larry Lage. Tipoff is 30 minutes following previous game that starts at 7:15 p.m. AP Photos.

BKC--NCAA-JAMES MADISON-INDIANA

DAYTON, Ohio — The Big 10's meat grinder prepared Indiana for the NCAA tournament and the top-seeded Hoosiers know they'll need to ready for their first-round matchup with James Madison, which beat LIU-Brooklyn in the First Four. By Tom Withers. AP Photos.

BKW--NCAA-MIDMAJOR SUCCESS

UNDATED — If postseason experience is the key for a mid-major program to make an impact in the NCAA tournament, the women's field this year offers plenty of candidates. Programs such as Green Bay, Gonzaga, Marist, Chattanooga and Liberty reach this tournament just about every year and often aren't satisfied with merely making the field. In many of these cases, coaching stability has played a role in their success. By Steve Megargee.

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