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CULPEPER, Va. (AP) Two state agencies disagree whether a plan to widen a highway in Culpepper County would harm the Brandy Station battlefield area. The state historic resources department is disputing the state transportation department's findings that expanding Virginia Route Three from two lanes to four won't affect the battlefield.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) Authorities in Newport News say a 68-year-old man died from smoke inhalation from a motel fire last month. Police say Robert Wilson Helmer was living at the Travelers Inn when the fire happened February 26th.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A panel of a federal appeals court is questioning whether the federal government's appeal to have piracy charges restored against five Somali men accused of attacking a Navy ship should be considered before the court. The attorneys were told to submit briefs on whether the matter belongs before the court.

YORK, Va. (AP) A May 5 trial is scheduled for a Newport News man charged with holding a woman hostage and stabbing her at a Walmart in York County. Fifty-year-old James Perry Davis will be tried on charges including attempted first-degree murder, abduction by force and aggravated malicious wounding.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Whitt says police have received 1,400 tips in their investigation of the 2009 slayings of two Virginia Tech students in the Jefferson National Forest, but there still are no solid leads. Authorities say the students apparently were shot.

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

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