Sen. Tim Kaine discusses education standards and sexual assault education
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Sen. Tim Kaine discusses education standards and sexual assault education

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine spoke to the Spartan Echo on current issues relevant to education nationwide. Senator Kaine touched on many topics including his current works in the U.S. Senate, as well as campus safety, sexual assaults, and upcoming revisions to the No Child Left Behind Act. The senate is expected to pass the Every Student … Continue reading

Redskins to pick up 5th-year option on Robert Griffin III
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Redskins to pick up 5th-year option on Robert Griffin III

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Despite Robert Griffin III’s history of injuries and moves in and out of the lineup, the Washington Redskins plan to exercise the quarterback’s fifth-year contract option for the 2016 season. New general manager Scot McCloughan opened his pre-draft news conference Monday by saying the Redskins will inform the NFL ahead of … Continue reading

Orioles’ game in Baltimore postponed due to safety concerns
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Orioles’ game in Baltimore postponed due to safety concerns

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles’ home game against the Chicago White Sox was postponed Monday night because of safety concerns after riots broke out near Camden Yards following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, at the stadium for a previously planned visit, said Tuesday night’s game between the Orioles and White … Continue reading

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Maryland man arrested in death of FBI police officer in Va.

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested in the Virginia shooting death of a police officer responsible for providing security to the FBI. Stafford County sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy says 26-year-old Antoine Gray Johnson of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was charged with first-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of … Continue reading

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Remains found during search for missing Longwood student

FRANKLIN, Va. (AP) — Authorities searching for a missing Longwood University student have found human remains in Southampton County. Norfolk police tell media outlets that the remains were discovered Thursday morning outside a residence in Franklin. The remains will be sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for identification and to determine the … Continue reading

U.Va. frat won’t pursue honor code case against ‘Jackie’
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U.Va. frat won’t pursue honor code case against ‘Jackie’

A University of Virginia fraternity will not pursue an honor code violation against a student who told Rolling Stone for a story that has since been retracted that several brothers gang-raped her during a party, a spokesman said. Virginia has the oldest student-run honor code in the country, which prohibits lying, cheating and stealing. Those … Continue reading

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Va. attorney general defers to board on college closing

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s attorney general is not stepping into the pitched battle over the planned closing of Sweet Briar College. Attorney General Mark R. Herring says the decision to close lies with the private women’s college board of directors, not with the state. Unless the board acted improperly or violated its duties, it … Continue reading

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Expelled student: rough sex was role-playing, not rape

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A student expelled from George Mason University for violating its sexual misconduct policy is suing in federal court to clear his name, arguing that an encounter with a girlfriend was sadomasochistic role-playing, not sexual assault. In response, the university is demanding that the ex-student identify himself publicly if he wants to … Continue reading

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Hampton VA hospital faulted for suicidal patient’s care

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A Hampton VA Medical Center patient twice reported his attempted suicide but the staff never notified the hospital’s suicide prevention coordinator, according to an inspector general’s report released Monday. The incident involving the man who had a history of depression and insomnia occurred more than three years ago and was investigated … Continue reading

Marshals reviewing procedures after inmate escapes hospital
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Marshals reviewing procedures after inmate escapes hospital

ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) — Federal marshals are reviewing their security procedures after an inmate receiving treatment at a northern Virginia hospital overpowered a private guard, took her gun and set off a frenzied nine-hour manhunt. The escape by Wossen Assaye, 42, of Arlington, from Inova Fairfax Hospital prompted questions as to why two guards assigned … Continue reading

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Email: Virginia gov. rebuffed interviews by federal agents

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An email obtained by The Associated Press shows that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office rebuffed interview requests with a federal agent investigating the U.S. government’s investor-visa program. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General twice asked McAuliffe for an interview in the summer of 2014 but said in a … Continue reading

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Felony indictments dismissed against former Va. legislator

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in a sex scandal involving a teenager will no longer face felony charges in the case. A circuit court judge on Wednesday dismissed four felony counts accusing ex-Virginia Del. Joseph D. Morrissey of fabricating a document purportedly showing that the … Continue reading

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Virginia ABC taking alcohol education grant applications

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials are accepting applications for community grants in the fight against underage drinking and access to alcohol. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says the deadline is April 25 for the grants for alcohol education and prevention initiatives. The grants are open to community coalitions, law enforcement agencies, schools, … Continue reading

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Sweet Briar faculty opposes closure, seeks talks with board

SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) — Sweet Briar College’s faculty is seeking a meeting with the Board of Directors to discuss alternatives to closing the private women’s school. Faculty members approved a resolution opposing the shutdown during a special meeting Monday night. Assistant professor Marcia Thom-Kaley tells The Roanoke Times ( ) that people across the … Continue reading