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Budget Goes To Governors Desk

(MetroThe General Assembly is sending the state budget to the governor's office. 

The House and Senate both approved the 35-billion dollar spending plan for the next two years. 

The House voted 95-to-five yesterday while the Senate previously passed the deal 38-to-one. 

Over 150-million-dollars of the budget is for increasing state employee contributions and teacher pensions among other things.

Medical Marijuana Oil Approved

(Metro) Medical marijuana oil will soon be legally available in Virginia for those suffering from severe epilepsy. 

Governor Terry McAuliffe yesterday signed a bill aimed at reducing epileptic seizures without the devastating side effects of some other drugs. 

The law will take effect in April.
 

Chesterfield Man Killed When Van Crashes into Home

Chesterfield County officials say a resident was killed when a minivan crashed into the victim's home.

Effects of Listening to Loud Music While Driving

Driving while listening to loud music is a distraction and can be hazardous to one's health. Music measuring 90 decibels or higher causes drivers to lose focus and can cause long-term ear damage.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA SPORTS

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'Hoos Shut Down Wake Forest for Seventh Straight Win

Anthony Gill scored 11 points and No. 2 Virginia routed Wake Forest 70-34 on Wednesday night for its seventh straight win.

Atkins Perseveres, Steps Up for Cavaliers

Saturday's Virginia Tech game will mark the last time Darion Atkins takes the floor in a Virginia basketball uniform at John Paul Jones Arena. And the senior forward admits, the time has come.

Huemme Makes School History at Covenant

Colin Anderson's eyes lit up when he was asked about the moment when Paul Huemme won the first individual state wrestling title in Covenant School history.

Perrantes Day-to-Day After Collision

The update from the Virginia men's basketball team Monday night revealed the extent of sophomore London Perrantes' injuries on Sunday - but didn't answer whether the Cavaliers will have their starting point guard for Wednesday's game.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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Homicide division to investigate summary executions in Brazilian city

The homicide division of the Rio de Janeiro Police Department will start investigating summary executions of suspects committed by officers in Brazil's second largest city.

Mexico replaces embattled attorney general, takes cabinet-level job for development

Mexico's embattled attorney general is leaving the post to take a new cabinet-level job as head of urban and rural development.

Pro-Russian rebels, government forces withdraw weapons from east Ukraine front line

The piecemeal pullback of heavy weapons Friday from the line separating government and rebel forces in Ukraine has boosted the prospects for peace, although both sides are warning of their readiness to resume fighting if necessary.

Julio Cesar Strassera, who won convictions against Argentine dictators, dies at 81

Julio Cesar Strassera, the lead prosecutor who won conviction against leaders of Argentina's military dictatorship, has died at 81.

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