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ATLANTA (AP) The uncle of a man accused of shooting eight people to death in rural Virginia says his nephew never recovered from his mother's death several years ago. Uncle Thomas Giglio says that suspected shooter Christopher Speight had a difficult time dealing with his mother's death and once disappeared for several days.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) A Tennessee man has been indicted on six federal charges from a December hostage situation at the Wytheville post office. Warren Taylor of Bristol, Tennessee, faces one count of attempted murder, three counts of kidnapping and two firearms charges.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Republicans in the House of Delegates forced a unanimous vote that has killed former Gov. Tim Kaine's proposed income tax increase. Democrats, who had no appetite for the $2 billion tax boost themselves, were denied the commonly extended courtesy to allow the bill's sponsor to withdraw it.

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