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

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The nonprofit Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation is putting a 126-foot wooden ship up for sale. The executive director says the foundation has about $1 million in debt - the same amount it costs to keep the ship operating. The ship debuted in 2005 as a floating goodwill ambassador to attract tourism.

HONG KONG (AP) - Chinese pork giant WH Group is taking a second run at going public with a scaled-back share offering. The company, which bought U.S. producer Smithfield Foods last year, abandoned its first IPO attempt because of sagging investor demand. It had planned to use the money from the IPO to help pay for the Smithfield acquisition.

SALEM, Va. (AP) - A vehicle fire on Interstate 81 in southwest Virginia has forced the two northbound lanes to be closed for emergency asphalt repairs. Drivers are being asked to avoid the area until repairs are finished. VDOT says the right lane is expected to be reopened by noon, with the left lane being repaired after that.

GALAX, Va. (AP) - The state Labor and Industry department is investigating a workplace death in Galax (GAY'-laks). Benjamin Lee Hancock died Wednesday at American Mirror after he became trapped in a piece of machinery. An autopsy is pending.

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