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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's public colleges and universities will be eligible to apply for $50 million to enhance student enrollment and retention, increase the number of students pursuing science and health-care fields, and boost undergraduate financial aid. Officials say grants will go to those that propose efforts in line with goals from the state higher education reform commission.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The state veterinarian is recommending that livestock owners in southwest Virginia consider rabies vaccinations for their animals because of recent cases of rabies in the region. Officials say there's an increase of rabies in livestock in the western part of the state.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) An attorney for 40 Gloucester County citizens who were fined $2,000 apiece for trying to oust four county supervisors has asked the Virginia Supreme Court to toss out the sanctions. The lawyer, Steve Emmert, says the petitions are "political speech" protected by the Constitution.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Two history textbooks that contain multiple errors will be replaced without charge to Virginia schools. Five Ponds Press is revising "Our Virginia: Past and Present" and "Our America to 1865" with the help of a historian.

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