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XGR-EDUCATION REFORM

NAVY-TRANSPORT SHIP

JAILS-MENTAL HEALTH

HISTORIC MARKERS

XGR-EDUCATION REFORM

RICHMOND - House Republicans want to reduce how many standardized tests Virginia’s public school students take. Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the Capitol, Republicans said reducing the number of state Standards of Learning exams given to students from 34 to 26 is a key part of their education agenda this legislative session. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

NAVY-TRANSPORT SHIP

VIRGINIA BEACH - A new breed of Navy ship is preparing to deploy for the first time. The USNS Spearhead is a joint high-speed vessel operated by civilian mariners for the military. The ships are designed for rapid, intra-theater transport of about 600 tons of troops and military equipment up to 1,200 nautical miles. The Spearhead will leave Virginia on Wednesday for the European theater before heading to Central and South America later in the year. The Navy has ordered 10 of the ships. By Brock Vergakis. UPCOMING 400 words by 5 p.m.

JAILS-MENTAL HEALTH

RICHMOND - Virginia doesn’t provide the same level of service to mentally ill people in jails that it does to those in the community, according to a report by the Office of the State Inspector General. The report released Monday raises concerns about the lack of resources available to jails to effectively treat mentally ill inmates and highlights the lack of coordination between jails and community services boards to treat people while they are incarcerated and when they return to their communities. SENT: 330 words.

HISTORIC MARKERS

RICHMOND - The first black Girl Scout troop in the South, which began meeting on the campus of Virginia Union University in 1932, is among five historic sites and people being recognized by the state. Each will be honored with narrative markers approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. The other markers will recognize the first coeducational Presbyterian training school for lay workers, located in Richmond; the First African Baptist Church in Richmond; a pioneering agricultural educator from southwest Virginia; and a popular illustrator and artist from Salem. SENT: 315 words.

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