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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A monthly publication that focuses on prison issues is suing the Virginia Department of Corrections. Prison Legal News claims the department has violated its free-speech rights by censoring publications sent to Virginia inmates.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia foresters are asking residents to use caution when burning outdoors during the state's fall wild land fire season. The season begins October 15th and continues through November 30th.

CHARLOTTESVILE, Va. (AP) Albemarle County's prosecutor says her office might eliminate some or all misdemeanor prosecutions if the county doesn't replace funding cut by the state. She says her office is facing a $32,000 shortfall because of the state budget cut and that by law her office is only obligated to prosecute felonies such as murder and robbery.

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) The National Science Foundation has awarded a $989,747 grant to Virginia State University for a study to improve minority students' test scores in engineering, math, science and technology. The study will be conducted through Virginia State and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Virginia Privacy Advocates See Win On Drones, Loss On License Plate Readers

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The Promise And Potential Pitfalls Of Apple's ResearchKit

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