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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - University students in Virginia have been using drones to help solve community problems.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that a course on drones is being offered jointly by James Madison, George Mason and Old Dominion universities. Students have helped firefighters find blazes in remote areas and aided law enforcement officials with water rescues.

Projects have also focused on helping communities in other countries. They've included detonating land mines and restoring communication for first responders after a hurricane.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Canadians are the largest group of international tourists to the Old Dominion, spending $214 million here in 2014.

McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Canadian tourism is up 18 percent in 2014, with 600,000 Canadians visitors.

The governor and some of his top aides are on a trade and marketing mission to Canada, visiting Montreal and Toronto.

Air Canada recently began new nonstop service from Toronto Pearson Airport to Dulles International Airport.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Police at Old Dominion University are investigating after fliers that appear to promote Nazism were found on campus.

Media outlets report that the school's newspaper, Mace & Crown, says the fliers were discovered over the weekend on monorail poles between the engineering and education buildings.

That newspaper reported that one of the fliers carried an invitation to join a local Nazi group and included a swastika.

A student photographed one of the fliers and took it down to show a professor. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican lawmakers say it's time for a comprehensive look at Virginia's economic development spending as the state spends more on incentive programs aimed at luring companies to relocate or expand in the Old Dominion.

A new report released Monday by the House Appropriations Committee shows that ongoing incentive programs have grown 84 percent since fiscal 2010.

Both Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his GOP predecessor, Gov. Bob McDonnell, worked to develop new incentive programs and made economic development cornerstones of their administration.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Six university presidents have formally agreed to work together on challenges facing Virginia's coastal and ocean communities.

The Virginia Sea Grant charter was signed Monday in Richmond by the presidents of George Mason, Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia and William & Mary.