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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A former Virginia prison guard has been sentenced to two years of home confinement and five years of probation. A jury in October convicted 50-year-old Kevin John Erickson of Chesterfield County of smuggling contraband into the Petersburg pirson for some inmates and ordering assaults on others.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A group says it is upset the Richmond mayor and the governor will be at VCU's Final Four game tomorrow night instead of a ceremony honoring the Richmond Slave Trail. The ceremony to unveil markers along the trail has been rescheduled for April 10th.

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia's two U.S. senators are pushing anew to expand the Petersburg National Battlefield. If successful, the additional 7,200 acres would make the Petersburg attraction the largest military park in the United States.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A judge has ruled that a former Somali prime minister who has been living quietly in the U.S. for the last 14 years can be deposed in a federal lawsuit alleging he oversaw war crimes and other abuses against his own people. The judge today denied a motion to dismiss the case from Mohamed Ali Samantar.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) The National Park Service considers brown trout as an invasive species in Virginia and tries to limit the fish's spread in Shenandoah National Park. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries sees the non-native brown trout as a recreational fish. The dual approach creates odd situations for anglers in the park.

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) The Hampton VA Medical Center has increased training for employees after a report faulted its response to a man dying of cancer. The report by the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs says the hospital missed numerous opportunities to start hospice care for him.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies has posted an online repository of war-era newspapers to mark the observance of the conflict's 150th anniversary. The American Civil War Newspapers' first journal is the Daily Telegraph of Macon, Ga. Virginia Tech graduate students indexed the paper's issues.

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) Thousands of union mine workers are set to march today in southwestern Pennsylvania on behalf of public employees in other states. The United Mine Workers of American expects at least 3,000 members, their families and other supporters from states including Virginia in Waynesboro.

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