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BEDFORD, Va. (AP) Jurors are scheduled to begin deliberations today in Bedford in the trial of a former high school administrator from Virginia accused of killing his estranged wife. Thirty-nine-year-old Wesley Earnest is accused of first-degree murder in the death of his wife Jocelyn Branham Earnest in December 2007.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) James Madison University is increasing its in-state undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees by 6.7 percent for the upcoming school year. Tuition and fees for Virginia residents living on campus will be $7,860 annually.

SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) Students at Christopher Newport University have started excavating around Windsor Castle, the 18th-century home of the founder of the town of Smithfield. The 18 students started their excavation this month at the site of the mansion built in the mid-1750s. It was home to Thomas Smith IV.

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Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.

Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.

Former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb Explores Presidential Bid

In considering whether to launch a presidential campaign, former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia tells Steve Inskeep his big challenge would be raising money to promote his ideas.

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

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