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Cardiology Consultants and its 21 physicians joined Sentara Medical Group. The deal increases Sentara’s staff of physicians to 400 and heart specialists to 26. The practice will be renamed Sentara Cardiology Specialists. (The Virginian Pilot)

The College of William and Mary announced it is exploring the possibility of merging with Eastern Virginia Medical School, making Norfolk-based EVMS the college’s medical school. The schools have collaborated on research in the past and many EVMS students have been W&M graduates. Any merger would need approval from both the General Assembly and the governor. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

General Dynamics, a Falls Church-based defense contractor, acquired the Ship Repair and Coatings Division of Earl Industries, which employs about 575 workers in Norfolk and Mayport, Fla. The former Earl Industries unit, which has serviced Navy vessels since 1985, will operate as part of General Dynamics NASSCO, based in San Diego. (News release)

International Paper Co., a Memphis, Tenn.-based paper products producer, reopened its Franklin mill for the production of fluff pulp. Now operating with 200 workers, the plant had employed about 1,100 in the production of printing paper when it closed in 2010. Most of Franklin’s fluff pulp, used in disposable diapers and hygiene products, will be exported. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Norfolk approved a one-year contract, with four one-year options, to renew its deal with Waterside Marina LLC to manage the city’s Waterside Marina. The city, which had received 20 percent of gross revenues under the old agreement, will now receive 25 percent. (The Virginian Pilot)

Smithfield Foods Inc., a Smithfield-based producer of pork products, said it will import corn from Brazil to feed its herds of hogs. Drought conditions in the U.S. have driven up domestic corn prices. (The Virginian Pilot)

Virginia Beach completed a $13 million deal to preserve 122 acres along the Lynnhaven River from development and open it to public use. Known as Pleasure House Point, the land was the last major slice of undeveloped land on the Lynnhaven and will be used as a recreation and education site. Funds for the purchase came from conservation grants, donations and a loan from the state. (The Virginian Pilot)

Studio Center Total Productions, a Virginia Beach video and ad production firm, received 18 awards at the National 2012 Telly Awards. The firm was honored for work involving The American Heart Association, Audi, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Symphony, among others. (PRNewswire)

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