Wal-Mart hearing today in Orange over battlefield site

ORANGE, VA (WWBT) - A decision could be made this week on controversial plans to build a Wal-Mart supercenter on a Virginia battlefield.

A hearing is planned today in Orange County on a special use permit that Wal-Mart needs to build near the civil war site.

The hearing could lead to a vote by the board of supervisors by the end of the week.

If built, the store would rise within a mile where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first met in battle.

However, Wal-Mart executives say the store will not be within sight of the battlefield's 2,700 protected acres.

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