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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Virginia Commonwealth University's men's basketball team has been honored by the legislature. House and Senate lawmakers today passed resolutions honoring the team during a one-day reconvene session.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The House of Delegates has overridden the governor's veto of a bill that would increase the limit on court awards on medical malpractice lawsuits. By restricting the increase in the maximum malpractice judgment from $2 million to $3 million, supporters say insurers get the predictability they need, and consumers get a fairer shake in egregious cases.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) After serving more than two years as the chief advocate for President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, former governor Tim Kaine is now stressing his Virginia credentials. He opened his 2012 Senate race fielding uncomfortable questions about his role as Democratic National Committee chairman.

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) The Virginia Department of Transportation's plan to widen a section of Virginia Route 3 in Culpeper County is drawing more opposition. The Civil War Trust has added its voice to opponents who say the project would jeopardize the Brandy Station battlefield area.

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) Huntington Ingalls Industries president Mike Petters says the company now has a backlog of $18 billion in contracts that will keep its shipyards busy into 2018. The company has shipyards in Virginia, Louisiana and Gulfport and Pascagoula in Mississippi. It employs 38,000 workers, including 11,000 in Mississippi.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) The U.S. Postal Serving is moving some mail processing operations in Lynchburg to Roanoke to improve efficiency and save money. The Postal Service says the consolidation won't affect mail delivery.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) Two University of Virginia football players have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery stemming from an altercation at a party in Harrisonburg. Cornerback Devon Wallace and backup center Mike Price, both 20, entered their pleas yesterday and each received a year's probation.

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