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TROY, Va. (AP) Corrections officials are investigating whether inmates are being denied access to religious services at Virginia's largest women's prison. The scrutiny is partly prompted by earlier allegations from prison guards and inmates that the lockup segregated masculine-looking lesbian prisoners.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A state ethics panel has halted an inquiry into whether former Delegate Phillip Hamilton improperly used his powerful position to secure himself a job with Old Dominion University. The panel says it lacks jurisdiction to investigate a complaint regarding former legislators.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The governors of Virginia and Maryland say it would be wrong for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington to quit providing social services if the District of Columbia approves gay marriage. Both Gov. Kaine and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley criticized the church's position today.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A Virginia Beach man faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud in connection with a mortgage loan scheme. Authorities say 44-year-old Wayne Marlon Benedic Lezama entered his plea Monday in U.S. Distirct Court in Norfolk.

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