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News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is making it easier for felons to regain their voting rights. McAuliffe announced today he is reducing the waiting period for violent felons to apply for reinstatement from five years to three years. He is also removing drug offenses from the list of violent crimes that are subject to the waiting period.

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) - Two regional water authorities plan to split the cost of a new $14 million Smith Mountain Lake water treatment center. The Western Virginia Water Authority's board voted yesterday to split the cost of the facility with the Bedford Regional Water Authority.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - James River Coal Co. intends to sell parts or all of its business at an auction in July. The Richmond-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month. The company mines coal used to produce steel and for power generation in Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard says tug boats are set to try moving a 751-foot cargo ship that ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay. The ship was anchored east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and ran aground Tuesday night not too far away near First Landing State Park as winds gusted up to 70 mph.

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