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Advance Auto Parts Inc., a Roanoke-based retailer of auto parts and accessories, raised $2.2 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in 2008. Over the last 15 years the company has raised $16.5 million to support research for a diabetes cure. (News release)

Carilion New River Medical Center donated $500,000 in medical equipment to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Carilion moved to a new computerized pharmacy and donated its old system, with automated storage and dispensing units, to the college. (The Roanoke Times)

Dominion Inc., a Richmond-based power provider, and BP Wind Energy North America are exploring wind power opportunities in Tazewell and Wise counties. Size and scope of the projects have not been determined, but the companies bought 2,560 acres in Tazewell. The companies are partners in Indiana’s 750-megawatt Fowler Ridge Wind Farm. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Draper Aden Associates, a Blacksburg engineering company, ranked 33rd in the latest survey of the Top 50 Trenchless Technology Design Firms, as chosen by Trenchless Technology News. Draper was ranked 45th in last year’s survey. (News release)

FedEx, a package delivery company, will invest $4 million to build a 37,000-square-foot facility in Pulaski County to replace its center in Radford. The expanded operation will mean 60 new jobs over three years, in addition to the 50 which will transfer from Radford. The move is part of a nationwide program by FedEx to upgrade its capacity for daily package volume. (The Roanoke Times

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