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  • Martinsville police investigate slayings of 2 men

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Martinsville police are investigating the fatal shootings of two men and the wounding of another man. Police identified the victims as 30-year-old Orlando Akridge of Martinsville and 32-year-old Julius Keon Giggetts, formerly of Martinsville. Police say in a news release that the third victim was treated at a hospital for a…

  • Lightning ruled out as cause of Martinsville fire

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Investigators have ruled out lightning as a possible cause of a fire that caused more than half a million dollars damage to a former furniture plant in Martinsville. Martinsville fire marshal Ted Anderson says all other possible causes are still on the table. Anderson tells The Martinsville Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1mz3Fwk ) that…

  • Martinsville had highest jobless rate in April

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The city of Martinsville had the highest jobless rate in Virginia in April. The Virginia Employment Commission says the city’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 11.2 percent. That’s down from 11.7 in March and down from 12.5 percent a year ago. The statewide rate for April was 4.7 percent. Nationally, the…