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      Martinsville Considers Allowing Backyard Chickens

      MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Martinsville's City Council is considering a proposal to allow residents to keep chickens in their backyards. The proposed ordinance would require residents to obtain a special use permit to keep backyard chickens. The City Council and the Martinsville Planning Commission would hold public hearings on applications for permits. Applicants also would have to pay a $200 fee. The Martinsville Bulletin reports that the council will hear public comments on the proposal at its meeting on Tuesday night. Information from: Martinsville Bulletin, http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.