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Ceremony to mark anniversary of Navy Yard shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) - Survivors and families of those killed in the Washington Navy Yard shootings will gather for a ceremony of remembrance.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday evening, one year after the shootings that killed 12 victims.

Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer will speak to honor those who died, including three of his constituents. The congressman also will thank first responders and law enforcement. Mayor Vincent Gray also is scheduled to attend the ceremony.

The gunman, a former Navy reservist, was fatally shot by police.


Police to resume search for missing UVa student

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Charlottesville police expect to resume the search for a University of Virginia student who has been missing since early Saturday.

Lt. Ronnie Roberts said authorities searched a large area east of the university well Monday and found no trace of 18-year-old Hannah Elizabeth Graham. He said the search would resume Tuesday, although he was unable to provide details.

University President Teresa A. Sullivan issued a statement saying the community is "united in our deep concern" for the Fairfax County freshman.

According to university officials, Graham is 5-foot-11 with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles. Police released surveillance photos showing Graham wearing black slacks and a gold and black crop top.

Anyone with information on Graham's whereabouts is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280.


Closed SW Va college plans yard sale

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) - The now-closed Virginia Intermont College is planning a yard sale to get rid of a wide range of smaller items.

The sale is set for Thursday through Saturday to coincide with this weekend's Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Sharon Greatti, one of the college's few remaining employees, tells the Bristol Herald-Courier that some alumni are coming back to town for the music festival, so it seemed like a good time for the sale.

Among the items available are collectibles, uniforms, electronics, decor, heaters, window air conditioners, sports equipment, framed art, toys, holiday decorations and office supplies. Greatti says college rocking chairs are the most requested item, and about 20 will be available.

The private college closed in May because of financial problems and a loss of academic accreditation.


Buchanan couple killed in apparent murder-suicide

OAKWOOD, Va. (AP) - Buchanan County's sheriff says the fatal shootings of an Oakwood couple are believed to be a murder-suicide.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that deputies identified the victims as 56-year-old Katherine Diane Cline and her husband, 45-year-old Dallas Edward Cline.

Sheriff Ray Foster says deputies were dispatched after receiving a call about possible gunshots being fired Sunday night. Upon arrival, deputies found the bodies with gunshot wounds inside the home. A gun was recovered at the scene.

Foster says the bodies were transported to the state medical examiner's office in Roanoke for an autopsy, and the investigation is continuing.


Richmond police: 2 dead in apartment shooting

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Richmond police say two people have been found dead inside an apartment.

Capt. Martin A. Harrison tells media outlets that police received a call shortly after 10 p.m. Monday about shots fired at the Meadow Creek apartment complex. He says the bodies of a man and a woman were found inside an apartment. They had been shot.

Witnesses say they heard several gunshots and later saw police carrying a baby from the apartment complex. The baby appeared to be unharmed.

A police plane flew overhead shortly after the shooting, but police did not say whether they were looking for a suspect.

Harrison estimated that the victims are in their 20s. Their names were not immediately released.


US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Starting next month, America's remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.

The very last buyout checks go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They're the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century, sustaining a way of life that began 400 years ago in Virginia.

Cigarette makers will have paid $10 billion to compensate growers for surrendering their quotas. Growers got another $5 billion from the companies as part of their 1998 settlement of state lawsuits over smoking-related health care costs.

When the last checks are cashed, surviving growers will be on their own, forced to find profits in a tremendously competitive global market.


Initial appearance for Severance on murder charges

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A former Alexandria resident with a history of erratic behavior is scheduled to make an initial appearance in a city courthouse on multiple murder charges.

For months, 53-year-old Charles Severance has been the focus of an investigation into three homicides in Alexandria, one of which dates back more than a decade.

Last week, Severance was formally charged with murder in the 2003 slaying of Nancy Dunning, wife of then-Sheriff James Dunning; the November 2013 shooting of transportation planner Ronald Kirby; and the February shooting of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato.

The Lodato and Kirby slayings carry a potential death sentence, but prosecutors have indicated they won't seek Severance's execution.

On Monday, authorities transferred Severance to Alexandria, and he is scheduled to make an initial appearance in court Tuesday.


Central Va. recorded only 1 unhealthy air day

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - It was a good summer for central Virginia, at least in terms of air pollution.

The main pollutant in smog - ozone - reached unhealthy levels just one day this year. That was June 16.

That matches the one day in 2013, but is far below the 11 days in the previous two years.

Ozone levels are driven up by hot, stagnant weather, especially when they are bunched together.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that cold fronts often interrupted hot spells this summer. In addition, state and federal clean air programs are working.

Virginia's ozone season runs from mid-April to late September.


Va. version of FDR's CCC seeking applicants

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is looking for stewards of public lands under a program inspired by the Depression-era Civil Conservation Corps.

The modern-day version is called the Virginia Service and Conservation Corps. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation is teaming up with the Corporation for National Community Service to launch the inaugural season the Virginia version of the corps.

Members of the Virginia corps will help build and maintain trails and work to control invasive species, among other duties. They also could see short-term deployments for disaster relief.

Crew members will complete 1,700 hours of service from November through August 2015.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and 17 and older, be a high school graduate and pass a background check.

Corps members are given a living allowance, among other benefits.

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