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Ban Restored on Alcohol Ads in Va. College Papers

April 12, 2010

A divided federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that ended Virginia's ban on alcohol advertising in student newspapers.

In a two-to-one ruling Friday, a panel of the 4th U.S. District Court of Appeals in Richmond concluded that the ban did not violate the free-speech rights of Virginia Tech's Collegiate Times and the University of Virginia's Cavalier Daily.

A U.S. magistrate in 2008 concluded the ban did limit the newspapers' free-speech rights and said there was no proof the ban deterred drinking by college students under age 21. The state appealed.

The student newspapers could appeal the panel's ruling to the full court.

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