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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A final report by the U.S. Education Department says Virginia Tech violated federal law by waiting too long to notify students during a 2007 shooting rampage. The university had disputed that finding when a draft of today's report was made public previously.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A U.S. man who became an al-Qaida terrorist and plotted to assassinate then-President George W. Bush has asked a federal appeals court in Virginia to throw out his life sentence. A three-judge panel in Richmond heard oral arguments in the case today.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A former U.Va. student who admitting to bludgeoning his father with a bowling pin has been sentenced to four years in prison on a manslaughter conviction. Relatives testified that the father of Alan Y. Chang abused the student and Chang said he feared for his life.

SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) Meat producer Smithfield Foods has handily beat analyst forecasts on its second quarter reports. Smithfield is reporting a second fiscal quarter profit amid increasing demand for pork.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A federal appeals court will hear a West Virginia woman's claim today that immunizing her daughter against childhood diseases would be a sacrilege and a health risk. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond hears oral arguments in Jennifer Workman's case. She filed filed suit seeking to force Lenore Pre-K to 8 School to admit her daughter without state-required vaccinations.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyards is in the hands of its lender after an unsuccessful auction for the Charlottesville winery. Bidders were unwilling to top Farm Credit Bank's opening bid of $19 million for the foreclosed property.

AMHERST, Va. (AP) A Madison Heights man has been sentenced to five years in prison for pouring scalding hot chocolate in an 8-month-old boy's mouth. Twenty-two-year-old Robert Levalley denied responsibility before being sentenced yesterday in Amherst Circuit Court on a malicious wounding charge.

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