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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson has agreed to testify on behalf of residents attempting to block the construction of a Walmart Supercenter near an endangered Civil War battlefield in northern Virginia. McPherson will testify that the Walmart site in Locust Grove was blood-soaked ground in the Battle of the Wilderness.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A commission appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell is continuing to shape a package of higher-education proposals for the upcoming legislative session. The Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment met today in Richmond to discuss its major goals.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia must come up with nearly $1 million to care for patients at a state-run geriatric psychiatric center this month after losing its certification from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. The loss of certification meant losing the Medicaid funding.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A former Virginia Commonwealth University employee convicted of embezzling from a school community-outreach program has been sentenced to three years in prison. Forty-year-old Lisa Durham of Petersburg was sentenced today in Richmond Circuit Court.

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