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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor has helped launch a $5 million runway dedicated to drone research and development on the Eastern Shore.

The office of Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a press release Thursday that he also flew in an aircraft that can be piloted remotely.

The Daily Press reports that NASA Wallops Flight Facility says the governor wouldn't use the new runway, but on one of NASA's larger airstrips on its main base a few miles away. A pilot was aboard the plane as backup.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Officials say a pilot suffered minor injuries after a small plane crashed at the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that a deer ran across the runway at the airport when a Cessna 150 aircraft was landing Wednesday afternoon, causing the plane to veer off the side of the runway.

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In Melfa, Virginia a plane ran off the runway as it attempted to land at the local airport.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that smoke could be seen on the northwest side at around 3 p.m. yesterday.

The pilot and a passenger escape without injury.

The Accomack County Sheriffs, the Virginia State Police and the Accomack County Department of Public Safety responded to the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin say the Cambridge-Dorchester County Regional Airport will be getting $2.1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation the money will go toward extending the main runway at the regional facility.

Senator Mikulski, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee said that the runway would ensure the vitality of the Eastern Shore economy.

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The Delaware General Assembly has slated $5 million for a project that will allow the Delaware Coastal Airport near Georgetown to expand its runway to 6-thousand feet.

The 500 additional feet would be provided by realigning Park Avenue over a five year period.

Airport Manager Jim Hicken told WBOC that this would allow for large and heavier aircraft to use the Sussex County airport.

Meanwhile, Republican state Senator Brian Pettyjohn who was one of the main backers of the funding emphasized the economic impact of the expansion on the region.