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NEW AND DEVELOPING

NASA-BIOFUEL AERONAUTICS

ARLINGTON MEMORIALS

SMALLMOUTH BASS

EARNS-DOMINION RESOURCES

EARNS-ALTRIA GROUP

COAL SLURRY DAMS

WHITE HOUSE FOODS-SALSA

NASA-BIOFUEL AERONAUTICS

HAMPTON— NASA researchers are studying whether biofuels in jet engines could help cut down on pollution, and on Thursday they'll give the preliminary results from tests they recently conducted at the Dryden Flight Research Center in California. Additional tests are planned for 2014. By Brock Vergakis.

AP Photos.

ARLINGTON MEMORIALS

ARLINGTON — On a hillside of Arlington National Cemetery, the markers remember the dead. But no one is buried here. These markers remember the missing in action. They cover just a fraction of the cemetery: out of more than 400,000 honored by name at Arlington, there are only 2,740 memorial markers. The latest, which honors a World War II intelligence officer lost in the Pacific theater, is indicative of the sometimes tortuous process families have had to undertake to get a stone. By Matthew Barakat.

AP Photos.

SMALLMOUTH BASS

BALTIMORE — The Chesapeake Bay Foundations says health problems suffered by smallmouth bass in the lower Susquehanna show the river should be declared impaired. The group is releasing a new report on the popular sportfish it calls an indicator of the health of freshwater rivers and streams in the bay watershed. By Alex Dominguez.

EARNS-DOMINION RESOURCES

RICHMOND — Dominion Resources Inc. said Thursday its first-quarter profit was nearly unchanged as it spent more on storm-related costs and electric sales were lower than expected. The Richmond, Va.-based energy provider said its earnings grew by $1 million, to $495 million, in the period ended March 31. Per-share earnings were unchanged at 86 cents. By Michael Felberbaum.

EARNS-ALTRIA GROUP

RICHMOND — The Marlboro Man may soon be hitching his wagon to a new kind of cigarette. Altria Group Inc., owner of the nation's biggest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, announced Thursday that its NuMark subsidiary plans to introduce an electronic cigarette during the second half of the year, making it the last of the major domestic tobacco companies to enter the growing category. By Michael Felberbaum.

COAL SLURRY DAMS

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A draft report kept under wraps since 2011 shows federal engineers are concerned about construction techniques, quality-control procedures and possible compaction problems at seven West Virginia coal slurry dams subjected to surprise inspections. The citizens' group Sludge Safety Project obtained a one-page summary of the report that the federal Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation has refused to release under the Freedom of Information Act. Some residents of the coalfields have long worried that massive impoundments were improperly built and could fail, unleashing a destructive and potentially fatal flood of sludge and black water. By Vicki Smith.

WHITE HOUSE FOODS-SALSA

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Virginia-based food products company is adding a West Virginia salsa maker to its line of offerings. White House Foods of Winchester, Va., has agreed to acquire Blue Smoke Salsa of Ansted. The deal is expected to be completed by mid-June. Terms weren't disclosed.

SPORTS:

CAR--NASCAR-RICHMOND

RICHMOND — Matt Kenseth returns to the track one day after he and his team were hit with one of the stiffest penalties in NASCAR history because his race-winning engine at Kansas failed post-race inspection. By Hank Kurz Jr.

CAR--NASCAR-SIDELINED HAMLIN

RICHMOND, — Being sidelined with a compression fracture of a vertebra in his lower back has been hard enough on Denny Hamlin, but it figures to be harder this week when the Sprint Cup Series not only races at his home track, but in his own charity race. By Hank Kurz Jr.

— With: CAR--NASCAR-HAMLIN'S CHARITY RACE.

FBN--DRAFT-REDSKINS

ASHBURN — Mike Shanahan's strategy entering his fourth draft with the Washington Redskins shows how far the team has come since he inherited a 4-12 team in disarray. By Joseph White.

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