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Uber begins operating in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The ride-sharing company Uber is launching in Richmond.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1oiyXOC ) that the company began offering service in the city Thursday.

The move comes after Virginia decided to allow Uber and Lyft to operate under a temporary agreement between the companies and the state.

That came after state officials told the companies to cease their operations in Virginia because they didn't have the proper licenses.

Ride-sharing companies use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their personal vehicles to give people rides. The drivers then share the fares they collect with the companies.

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