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

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State Sen. Creigh Deeds is chairing new mental health reform panel. Virginia lawmakers are promising a top-to-bottom review of the state's mental health system. Deeds has made improving the state's mental health system his top priority following his mentally ill son's suicide last year.

APPALACHIA, Va. (AP) - Arch Coal says it is idling the Cumberland River Coal Company complex in Wise County, Virginia, and Letcher County, Kentucky. Officials say more than 210 full-time positions are being eliminated by the move. Arch Coal CEO John Eaves says the company is responding to market challenges for metallurgical coal used to make steel.

NEW YORK (AP) - A Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband says the massive verdict is a message to Big Tobacco. However, legal experts and industry analysts say the punitive damages almost certainly will be significantly reduced on appeal, if not thrown out entirely.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is marking its largest oyster harvest in more than 25 years. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced yesterday that the state's oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year to the highest seen since 1987. Virginia's oyster harvest has increased from 23,000 bushels in 2001 to about 504,000 bushels last year.

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