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THC Derivatives Supported

(Metro) 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 cannibidiol 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.

ABC Official Freed

(Metro) A former Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control official who was facing ten years in prison for embezzlement is free on probation. 

Steven Hammond pleaded guilty to pocketing 250-thousand dollars that was supposed to go to programs to fight underage drinking. 

A U.S. district judge yesterday said he was moved by letters of support from family members and community leaders who felt he needed a second chance.

Crumbling Capitals Removed from the Rotunda

The Capitals that top the pillars of the historic Rotunda at the University of Virginia are removed and about to be replaced by what is considered the best marble in the world.

Driver Arrested For DUI Following Accident on Route 250 Bypass

Police arrested a driver for a DUI after a head-on crash on the Route 250 Bypass on Friday evening.

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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Richard von Weizsaecker, former president who urged Germany to confront past, dies at 94

Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who urged his country to confront the Nazi past, promoted reconciliation and denounced far-right violence during a 10-year tenure that spanned the reunification of west and east, has died.

Serena Williams beats Sharapova to win 6th Australian Open, 19th Grand Slam singles title

Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a commanding 6-3, 7-6 (5) win on Saturday night.

Vote for Italian president gives Renzi chance to unify party, while irking some allies

Italian lawmakers are voting again to elect the country's next president.

China offers up to $50K in cash reward for terrorism-related tips in Tibet

Chinese state media say authorities in Tibet are offering up to 300,000 yuan ($50,000) for tips on terrorism activities there, although there has been little public knowledge of terrorism recently in the Himalayan region where Tibetan Buddhism prevails.

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