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The board’s unanimous approval Wednesday followed a short appeal by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, who made good on a promise to reopen rest areas closed by his predecessor, Democrat Tim Kaine.

Mr. McDonnell, a Republican, told the board that inmate labor and private contributions would help manage the costs of reopening the rest stops.

The rest stops were closed last summer as part of a plan to cut nearly $9 million in expenses from a strained state budget.

From wire dispatches and staff reports