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Collins, Waters & Bridgeman Integrated Marketing in Newport News has become Waters & Bridgeman Marketing Solutions. Howard Waters bought the majority interest held by Paul Collins and will become president of the firm. Sandy Bridgeman will be COO. (News release)

Eastern Virginia Medical School received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study links between obesity and chronic diseases.
(The Associated Press)

Mills Marine and Ship Repair began operations in Suffolk with expectations of hiring up to 50 employees by the end of the year and doubling its work force by the end of 2013. In June the company will start an apprentice school at Tidewater Community College with training for a variety of trades, including welders, pipefitters and marine insulators. (Daily Press)

PEOPLExpress, a low-fare, no-frills air carrier will resume operations by making its headquarters at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport. The operation may mean as many as 1,000 jobs to the local economy over the next three years. PEOPLExpress, aiming for a mid-summer startup, first operated from Newark, N.J., in the 1980s but was eventually absorbed by another airline because of debt. (Daily Press)

Teams from Regent University placed in a national competition at the American Bar Association National Negotiation Competition. Two law teams placed second and fifth.
(The Virginian Pilot)

Smithfield Foods Inc. entered into an agreement with Chinese egg producer Beijing DQY Agriculture Technology Co. to invest $1.8 billion in an effort to produce power from biogas. With waste from Smithfield hogs, the operation will attempt to produce 3.5 million meters of methane and generate 1 megawatt of power. (The Virginian Pilot)

Virginia Beach cancelled a proposed deal to build a $109 million hotel with developer Armada Hoffler near the city’s convention center. Political support for the deal waned over the city’s share of upfront costs. The city will now be free to consider other proposals for a hotel near the convention center.
(The Virginian Pilot)

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