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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The parole board has granted parole to the Virginia inmate who has fought for his freedom after DNA evidence proved he didn't commit one of three sexual assaults he was convicted of. The state appeals court will hear 45-year-old Thomas Haynesworth's petition for exoneration later this month.

STERLING, Va. (AP) A second suspect in a botched home invasion in Sterling is scheduled to be arraigned today. Thirty-two-year-old Scott Alexander Walker has been charged with attempted robbery while armed. Authorities say he and two accomplices tried to rob a home on February 10th. An accomplice was fatally shot at the scene.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A Navy captain has been censured for producing and starring in a series of raunchy videos shown to thousands of sailors aboard the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier. Captain Owen P. Honors Junior and three other high-ranking officers were issued the etters today.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The State Air Pollution Control Board has rejected a petition from residents of remote southwest Virginia to adopt rules to govern so-called fugitive dust in their tiny coal communities. Coal companies said they have invested millions of dollars in coal communities to limit fugitive dust.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Officials at Virginia Tech are changing the way they commemorate the 2007 mass shootings. President Charles Steger says families and survivors after this year must pay for their own lodging to participate in anniversary events. He says a $3 million federal grant that funded victim support services has ended. The shootings took the lives of 32 students and faculty.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) An FDA advisory panel says removal of menthol cigarettes would benefit public health. It was unclear whether the panel is recommending an outright ban. Many panels advise the FDA on scientific issues. The agency doesn't have to follow their recommendations but usually does.

DUBLIN, Va. (AP) Volvo Trucks North America has agreed on a tentative five-year contract covering about 1,300 union workers at its assembly plant in Dublin. Both sides aren't talking pending ratification by union members. The existing contract expired Wednesday.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) About 80 Virginia Beach-based National Guard soldiers of have returned to the U.S. after serving nearly a year in Afghanistan. The combat support battalion will spend up to a week at Fort Hood, Texas, before returning to Virginia.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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