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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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