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Mr. Lopez’s death was the only fatality reported during Monday’s deluge. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 136 injuries, but none requiring hospitalization.

RHODE ISLAND

Brown grad sues in rape case

PROVIDENCE — A recent Brown University graduate who accused a former classmate of rape has sued the student and his parents for breach of contract.

The woman maintains William McCormick raped her in 2006. She and Mr. McCormick signed a contract that year in which he agreed he would not sue the woman, say negative things about her or discuss the case.

But Mr. McCormick sued the woman and the school last year. He says the woman falsely accused him of rape and that Brown allowed him to be pressured off campus. Her father is an alumnus, major donor and fundraiser.

The woman’s lawsuit filed Monday says Mr. McCormick broke the contract.

Mr. McCormick’s lawyer says the contract was not valid because no rape occurred.

VIRGINIA

Tax commissioner dies unexpectedly

RICHMOND — Virginia Tax Commissioner Janie Bowen died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, the state’s Department of Taxation said. She was 56.

Miss Bowen worked for the department since 1978 and was appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine to head the agency in May 2006.

The department said Miss Bowen was a classic example of an employee who steadily worked her way up through the ranks and was the driving force behind many accomplishments that helped the agency better serve Virginians.

The Charlottesville native earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and government at the University of Georgia and a master’s degree at the University of Virginia.

Last week, Miss Bowen was elected to the head the board of the Federation of Tax Administrators. The group helps all 50 states with federal legislation affecting state tax revenue.

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