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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia is reinstating the 21-gun salute for next year's Veterans Day ceremonies.

The Daily Progress reports that the university is reversing its decision to drop the salute. University President Jim Ryan announced the change on Saturday. In a Facebook post, Ryan wrote, "Sometimes you make mistakes."

The salute has been part of ROTC ceremonies for at least a decade. It normally occurs at the end of cadets' 24-hour vigil on Veterans Day,

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia has extended financial aid eligibility to undergraduate students who are in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The Daily Progress reports the financial help will become available in Charlottesville this fall. University spokesman Wes Hester says the money will come from private funding.

Nicole Leal is a student and advocates for the support of undocumented students. She says the change is great but she and other advocates hope to see even more action to help undocumented students.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia is considering a petition to remove a statue of a Revolutionary War hero because it depicts a potential attack on Native Americans.

The Daily Progress reports that the school's segregation commission is considering a petition to remove a statue of George Rogers Clark from campus that shows him and his soldiers possibly about to attack a group of Native Americans. The statue calls Clark the "Conqueror of the Northwest" and was given to the school in the 1920s.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Foundations supporting the University of Virginia want the state Supreme Court to keep agreements with big donors private.

The Daily Progress of Charlottesville reports that six foundations including those supporting the university's law and business schools said in a court filing last month that disclosures would chill needed fundraising.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia is reversing course on a planned increase in in-state tuition for undergraduates.

The University's Board of Visitors said Friday that it would roll back the previously approved 2.9% increase for 2019-20 and hold base tuition for all in-state undergraduate students at the 2018-19 level for another year.

Officials say the decision was made possible by the General Assembly's allocation of additional funds to support higher education in 2019-20.

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Three small satellites that were developed at public universities in Virginia will be lifting off into space next month.

Old Dominion University in Norfolk said in a press release that the satellites will be aboard Northrop Grumman's Antares launch to the International Space Station. Liftoff is scheduled for April 17 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In-state tuition and mandatory fees at Virginia's universities and community colleges is up an average of 5.1 percent or $612 this school year.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's recent report to lawmakers found that students at four-year institutions will pay an average of $13,370 while community college students will pay an average of $4,620.

Room and board charges at four-year schools will average $10,633, up 3.5 percent from last school year.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia is changing its policies for outside people or groups that want to meet outdoors on college property - nearly nine months after white nationalists led a torch-lit march through campus.

According to a news release, the new policies that took effect Friday apply to anyone who wants to speak, make announcements or distribute literature on the campus.  Unaffiliated people must make reservations to use certain designated locations, on certain days and during certain hours.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The main organizer of last summer's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is defending himself after being effectively banned from the University of Virginia campus.

Jason Kessler says he recently visited the university's law library to study up on defending himself in litigation stemming from the "Unite the Right" rally. He says he was harassed while there.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Local and international experts will gather at the University of Virginia to share ideas on how to tackle the opioid epidemic.

The conference on Tuesday will focus on solutions developed by community members and health care professionals.

The event will feature speakers from UVA, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Saskatchewan, Big River First Nation community, the Virginia Department of Health and others.

The conference is free and the public is invited to attend and participate.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia is donating to a medical fund for people injured during last month's white nationalist rallies, in a rebuke of a donation the Ku Klux Klan pledged to the university nearly a century ago.

Local media report UVA President Teresa Sullivan says the donation of $12,500 is roughly equal in today's dollars to the $1,000 the KKK pledged in 1921.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A report from University of Virginia leaders says campus police responding to a torch-lit march of white nationalists on school grounds relied on incomplete intelligence and failed to enforce fire bans.

Those findings were among others laid out in a report issued Monday by a group of deans and others. The group is studying UVA's response to the white nationalist rallies that roiled Charlottesville last month.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia has hired a consulting firm to evaluate its safety infrastructure following a torch-lit march of white nationalists on campus.

The Daily Progress reported last week that the university will pay Margolis, Healy & Associates around $250,000 to conduct the review. Spokesman Anthony de Bruyn says the university is prepared to "make additional investments in staffing and infrastructure" based on the firm's recommendations.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered on the University of Virginia campus for a candlelight vigil against hate and violence days after Charlottesville erupted in chaos during a white nationalist rally.

Marchers Wednesday peacefully assembled in the same place where hundreds of torch-carrying white nationalists marched Friday, when several fights broke out. That was followed Saturday by clashes between rally attendees and those protesting them in the city's streets.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia students will be paying more for tuition next year.

Local media report UVA's Board of Visitors approved the increase Thursday. In-state students will pay 2.2 percent more, and out-of-state students will pay 3.5 percent more.

The university said in a statement that the increase is needed to deal with a state budget cut and required employee pay raises.

TV station WVIR reports a group of students protested outside the building where the Board of Visitors was meeting.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A federal jury has awarded $3 million to a University of Virginia administrator who they concluded was defamed by a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about a gang rape at a fraternity house.

Nicole Eramo claimed the 2014 article "A Rape on Campus" portrayed her as a villain who sought only to protect the university. Eramo had sued for $7.5 million.

The jury concluded Friday that the magazine, its publisher and journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely were responsible for libel, with actual malice.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A lecturer at the University of Virginia has apologized after comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan on social media.

The Daily Progress reports that adjunct lecturer Douglas Muir apologized after responding to a Facebook post about Black Lives Matter, calling the movement the biggest racist organization since the KKK. In a statement on Oct. 11, Muir said his actions were wrong and apologized to his students and the community.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia Rector William H. Goodwin has appointed a committee to review the school's disputed $2.2 billion Strategic Investment Fund

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Goodwin said Monday that he welcomed scrutiny of the fund, which he thinks has been unfairly criticized.

Former rector Helen Dragas characterized the $2.3 billion fund as a "slush fund" in a column in The Washington Post. UVA says the fund is not connected to tuition or public funding.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two Virginia state senators are calling for an investigation into a $2.3 billion University of Virginia surplus.

Sens. Chap Petersen and Bill DeSteph said in a statement Thursday that they intend to formally call for an audit into the fund, which former university board member Helen Dragas called a "slush fund."

The two senators say the fund should be used for lowering student tuition and fees. They also accuse the university of overcharging for its services.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The University of Virginia says returning students will pay higher tuition this fall, but the increase will be half of what the university had planned.

The university had previously announced a 3 percent increase of in-state tuition for continuing students. In a news release Thursday, the university said an infusion of $3 million in state funds will allow it to scale back the increase to 1.5 percent, or about $168.

The previously approved 10 percent increase for new students also will be cut by 1.5 percent.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia health officials say that students at the school are seeking out psychological help in record numbers.

Executive Director of Student Health Dr. Chris Holstege tells The Daily Progress that the number of U.Va. students seeking appointments at the university's office of Counseling and Psychological Services, rose 25 percent in the past year.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A lawsuit filed by a University of Virginia student against the state liquor agents involved in his bloody and highly scrutinized arrest will be taken up in a jury trial next fall.

Multiple media outlets report that a Charlottesville federal judge ordered Tuesday that a jury would hear the lawsuit by Martese Johnson against the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Oct. 3.

ABC agents say Johnson, who is black, was attempting to enter a bar with a fake ID when he was arrested last March.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A charter bus carrying college students to three Virginia campuses overturned, leaving one person seriously injured and 35 others aboard with minor injuries near the close of the holiday weekend.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told The Associated Press there were no reported fatalities after the bus overturned Sunday evening on an exit ramp of the Powhite Parkway in North Chesterfield County just south of Richmond, the state capital.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is asking a judge to throw out a $3 million civil lawsuit against it over the arrest of a University of Virginia student that sparked outrage when video of it surfaced.

The Daily Progress reports the defendants filed the motion Monday, asking the court to throw out the lawsuit filed by Martese Johnson, a University of Virginia student who was arrested on St. Patrick's Day.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An optional retirement plan for about 5,000 Virginia higher education employees is getting new management.

The Virginia Retirement System plans to switch the plan's management from TIAA-CREF and Fidelity to International City Management Association - Retirement Corp. The change will be effective in fall 2016.

Retirement system spokeswoman Jeanna Chenault told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the change is expected to reduce beneficiaries' fees and improve the plan's management.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A law professor says a decline in death sentences in Virginia is at least partly due to more vigorous legal representation during the sentencing phase of capital murder trials.

Brandon Garrett of the University of Virginia released results of his study of Virginia's death penalty Monday.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The administration of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has released a detailed internal investigative report into the bloody arrest of a University of Virginia student by three state liquor agents that prompted allegations of racism.

McAuliffe's administration said Tuesday that it was able to release the report because the three officers involved had waived protection of their personnel information.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police have concluded their review of an arrest that injured a University of Virginia student and prompted allegations of racism.

Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said Thursday that the report was submitted to the state secretary of public safety. She said police are not releasing the report because disclosure is not required under state law.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Universities and colleges in Virginia expect enrollment to increase by more than 7 percent in 2021.

A preliminary state report says public and private institutions expect to enroll about 475,000 undergraduate students in 2021. Undergraduate enrollment last year totaled about 442,300 undergraduates.

Institutions also expect to award more than 75,200 associate and bachelor's degrees in 2021. That's an increase of almost 7 percent.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia will discuss the report on Tuesday at its regular meeting.

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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.