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New Pot Bill Moving Forward

The State Senate Education and Health Committee is pushing legislation to legalize two derivatives of the marijuana for medical use.

The bill brought forward by Fairfax Democrat David Marsden would allow doctors to prescribe canibidiol oil and/or THC-A oil to treat patients with debilitating epilepsy.

The bill passed in the committee despite State Police testimony warning of the dangers of going against federal law.

The bill will now proceed to the Republican-controlled Courts of Justice Committee, where other marijuana reforms died earlier this week.

 

Toyota Recall

(Metro) Toyota is recalling 52-thousand cars.

The company said today their Avalon sedans from the 2011 and 2012 model years have a wiring problem that could cause a fire. 

Apparently cargo in the trunk could move tiny wires connected to the audio speakers and cause the subwoofer to overheat. 

Toyota says there have been no injuries or fires related to the problems with the vehicles.

'Little Naturalists' Program Aims to Excite Toddlers About Nature

The 'Little Naturalists' program is working to get the area's youngest citizens excited about nature. Through the program, sponsored by the Ivy Creek Education Foundation, volunteers help toddlers get hands-on experience learning about everything from leaves to bones.

Buford Middle School Band Attributes Success to 'Fundamentals' Approach

The Buford Middle School band has -- for the 25th year in a row -- earned more places in the auditioned district band than any other school. They have 27 students who were accepted this year.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA SPORTS

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'Hoos Enjoying Time Off Before Facing Duke

Virginia men's basketball has six days to prepare for their showdown with Duke.

'Hoos Use Late Run to End Losing Streak

The Virginia women's basketball team used a late 16-3 run to pull away from NC State for a 71-63 win, and avoid a fourth straight loss.

Another Tough Slate Awaits 'Hoos in 2015

The 2015 Virginia football schedule includes 10 opponents who played in postseason bowl games last season, five who won at least nine games in 2014, and four who ended the year ranked in the Associated Press national rankings.

Cavs' McCarthy Sidelined by Back Surgery

The Virginia baseball season expects to be without one of its biggest threats at the plate for most of the upcoming regular season.

NATIONAL NEWS

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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Chinese relatives of missing MH370 passengers believe they are still alive

Many Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence they don't want to start compensation claims.

Bomb blast at Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan kills 6 during midday prayers

A senior Pakistani police official says a bomb blast at a mosque belonging to the minority Shiite sect of Islam has killed six people.

Prices in the 19 euro countries fall 0.6 percent annually in January as ECB readies stimulus

Falling oil prices and a weak economy caused consumer prices in the eurozone to drop even more sharply in January ahead of the start of a 1 trillion euro ($1.1 trillion) stimulus effort by the European Central Bank.

Britain remembers Churchill on 50th anniversary of wartime leader's funeral

Britain is paying tribute to Winston Churchill with a memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the wartime leader's funeral.

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