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McLEAN, Va. (AP) The wife of Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana has been charged with drunken driving and hit-and-run after hitting a parked car in northern Virginia. Fairfax County police say 76-year-old Charlene Lugar was stopped yesterday evening after they saw damage to her car and smoke coming from the hood.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) State health officials say they've allocated a total of 1.2 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine to Virginia sites in their overall campaign to vaccinate people against the so-called swine flu. Health officials say 27 deaths from the swine flu have been reported statewide.

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) Police are investigating the death of a hunter whose body was found in a wooded area in Chesterfield County. Authorities say the body of 52-year-old Carl Walls Senior was found early this morning on private property off River Road.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) A bankruptcy trustee says claims have been filed for 154 people who say they were sickened by a salmonella outbreak traced to a Virginia peanut company. Peanut Corporation of America filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy amid fallout from the outbreak, which left about 700 people sick and was linked to at least nine deaths.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Civil rights organizations are asking Governor Tim Kaine to sign an executive order restoring the rights of nearly 300,000 felons before he leaves office in January. Virginia and Kentucky are the only states that permanently strip felons of their civil rights, such as voting, serving on juries or holding public office.

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