News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

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

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Closing arguments have started in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams. McDonnell testified in his own defense during the trial. His wife didn't take the stand.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is taking steps to hire more veterans. Herring says he'll sign "The Patriot Pledge" and begin the process of making his office a certified "Virginia Values Veterans" employer. Herring called Virginia's military connections and veteran population a tremendous resource.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Federal Trade Commission has asked for additional information into Reynolds American's planned $25 billion takeover of rival cigarette maker Lorillard. In July, Reynolds announced the deal to combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies, creating a formidable No. 2 to rival Altria Group, owner of Philip Morris USA.

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) - Rescue efforts to find a missing jet pilot is over. Officials say the pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed earlier this week in the remote Virginia mountains was killed. Brig. Gen. Robert Brooks of the Massachusetts Air National Guard says rescuers found evidence that the pilot did not eject.

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