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Va. Records Show Lower Demand for Gun Permits

Posted: 07/12/2010 - State police records show fewer Virginians are seeking concealed handgun permits this year than in 2009. The records show a nearly 40 percent drop through the first half of 2010.

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Va. Higher-education Reform Commission to Meet

Posted: 07/12/2010 - A new higher-education reform commission appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell will hold its first meeting. The Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment is scheduled to meet Monday morning at the Chesterfield County campus of John Tyler Community College.

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Boa Constrictor on the Loose in Danville

Posted: 07/12/2010 - The Danville Humane Society's director says residents should keep pets indoors until a boa constrictor that escaped is retrieved.

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Va. Church Group Seeks to Re-Coup $40 Million in Property

Posted: 07/11/2010 - A group of breakaway Episcopal Church congregations is asking the Virginia Supreme Court to reconsider a recent ruling stripping them of property worth an estimated $30 million to $40 million.

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Va. Sexual Predator Program Faces $26M Shortfall

Posted: 07/09/2010 - Virginia's program for indefinitely containing those deemed to be sexually violent predators is facing a more than $26 million budget shortfall over the next two years after a dramatic expansion in crimes that qualify offenders for so-called civil commitment.

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Va. School Closed after Contaminants found in Water Supply

Updated: 07/09/2010 - The Fairfax County School Board has voted to close the only school in Clifton after months of opposition from residents. Students at the school do well on tests, but the building is not attached to a public water supply and its wells have tested positive for contaminants.

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Army Investigates Va. Parachute Death

Updated: 07/09/2010 - A team of Army investigators is inspecting a parachute jump training site at Fort Lee where a 24-year-old private was killed during a practice jump.

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Waynesboro Teacher Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Updated: 07/09/2010 - The Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in which a Waynesboro middle school teacher was killed. Deputies say the female teacher was in the process of getting a divorce.

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Most at Forum Oppose Stalin Bust at D-Day Memorial

Posted: 07/08/2010 - Most of those attending a public forum on a bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin at the National D-Day Memorial voiced opposition to the artwork. Wednesday's forum at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library drew about 100 people.

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Natural Gas Company Wants Va. Suit Tossed

Posted: 07/08/2010 - The No. 2 gas producer of natural gas in Virginia is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit that claims the company stole natural gas belonging to landowners. EQT Corp. filed the motion this week in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

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Va. Woman Dies while Swimming in James River

Updated: 07/08/2010 - A woman has died while swimming in the James River in Richmond. Richmond authorities say rescuers were unable to revive the 40-year-old victim after she was pulled from the river Wednesday evening. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Police Officers Struck by Drunk Driver

Posted: 07/08/2010 - A Virginia State Trooper and Blackstone Police Department Officer were both struck Wednesday evening as they completed their investigation into an earlier crash.

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Virginia Beach Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Posted: 07/08/2010 - The Department of Defense announced Wednesday the death of a Virginia soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

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Jens Soering to Remain in Virginia for Prison Sentence

Posted: 07/07/2010 - Former University of Virginia student Jens Soering will remain in Virginia for his prison term. The U.S. Justice Department will not proceed with a request to transfer Soering from Virginia to a German prison.

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Forestry Dept.: Postpone Outdoor Burning

Updated: 07/07/2010 - The Virginia Department of Forestry is reminding people that dry weather and extreme heat increases the chance of brush fires. The department strongly advises people to postpone any outdoor burning.

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No Charges Filed in Shooting After Michael Vick Nightclub Party

Updated: 07/07/2010 - Police said Tuesday they know who was responsible for shooting another man following Michael Vick's birthday celebration, but the shooter will not be charged "at this time" because the victim has not cooperated with investigators.

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Police: $500,000 of Landscaping Equipment Stolen

Posted: 07/07/2010 - Fairfax County police say thieves have swiped about $500,000 worth of landscaping equipment over the last several months. The missing items include backpack blowers, chain saws, trimmers, floor buggers and air compressors.

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Front Royal moves to speed up dam's demolition

Posted: 07/07/2010 - Front Royal officials are working to speed up the demolition of a more than 100-year-old dam in response to two recent drownings. Town Council unanimously an emergency resolution Tuesday declaring the dam's removal an "emergency procurement."

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Assets in Va. Murder Case to Remain Frozen

Posted: 07/07/2010 - Assets held by a former Virginia high school administrator and his estranged wife at the time she was slain will remain frozen until Aug. 5.

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Va. Man Sentenced to 221 Years in Prison

Posted: 07/07/2010 - A Chesapeake man who was linked to a dozen robberies or attempted bank robberies in the Hampton Roads area has been sentenced to 221 years in prison.

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6-year-old Boy Drowns in Va. Pool

Posted: 07/07/2010 - Prince William County police say a 6-year-old boy has drowned accidentally. The child died at a hospital after he was found in the deep end of a pool.

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5-year-old Va. Boy Left on School Bus

Posted: 07/07/2010 - Richmond school officials say appropriate action has been taken against a substitute driver who left a 5-year-old boy on a school bus for more than an hour.

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