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Mental health admissions soar after Deeds tragedy

  RICHMOND, Va. April 11th (AP) — Admissions at mental health facilities have spiked following the high profile suicide of a state senator’s son. Mental health and state officials told the Governor’s Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response on Thursday that they did not know how long the surge would last. [...]

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US court to hear lawsuit naming Va., ABC agents

  RICHMOND, Va. April 10th (AP) — A $40 million lawsuit against the state and seven agents with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission is headed to federal court. The suit was filed in a state court last month by Elizabeth K. Daly, who was arrested by ABC agents who mistook sparkling water for beer. The University [...]

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Community health fair set in Richmond

  RICHMOND, Va. April 11th (AP) — A community health fair in Richmond will provide free screenings, wellness education and follow-up resources to local residents. The event is sponsored by the Virginia Commonwealth University MCV Campus Student Government Association. It’s set for 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at Armstrong High School. A variety of health screenings [...]

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Carter, Dole wives aid White House troop effort

  WASHINGTON (AP)April 11th — Showing that some issues can bridge the political divide, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, joined by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, offered new sources of much-needed support Friday for millions of people who care for wounded service members and veterans, oftentimes at great emotional, physical [...]

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2 W&L students rescued after getting lost hiking

  NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. April 17th (AP) — An emergency official says two Washington & Lee University students were chilly but uninjured after they became lost while hiking and spent the night in the James River Face Wilderness. Rockbridge County Emergency Management coordinator Robert Foresman tells The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1nsrs3L ) that searchers reached the students [...]

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U.Va. revokes 2 fraternities’ charters for hazing

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. April 19th (AP) — The University of Virginia is revoking the charters of two fraternities for hazing. According to The Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/1jifHZP ), the university announced Friday that it has terminated its organization agreements with Sigma Nu and Pi Kappa Alpha. The announcements said the incidents involved the “new member education process,” but they [...]

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NSU Police and Norfolk Fire-Rescue respond to dorm fire

  by Tykhari Coles On Friday, April 18, while a field day was taking place in the middle of the Norfolk State University campus, the NSU Police Department and the City of Norfolk Fire-Rescue were responding to a fire at Babbette Smith student residence hall. At 12:30 p.m., a fire broke out in the female [...]

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Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies

  MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands gathered for peaceful demonstrations Thursday, April 17, in at least four eastern cities to denounce Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs, a day after the most lethal clash so far killed three pro-Russian activists. Political developments in eastern Ukraine have for weeks been dominated by a small, vocal [...]

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US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely. In a surprise announcement Friday, April 18, as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more [...]

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57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role

  VIENNA (AP) — A 57-nation organization with a history of mediation but no enforcing powers has been tasked with helping to translate diplomatic progress on easing Ukrainian tensions into reality on the ground. A special team of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe “should play a leading role” in immediately implementing “de-escalation [...]

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Diplomacy doesn’t move insurgents in Ukraine

  DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday, April 18, to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. Denis Pushilin of the self-appointed Donetsk People’s Republic told reporters the insurgents in more than 10 cities do [...]

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