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CHESTER, Va. (AP) - The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, who helped assemble the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail," has died. He was either 88 or 89. Family records showed different years of birth, said his daughter, Patrice Walker Powell, who confirmed his death. Powell said her father died Tuesday morning in Chester, Virginia. Walker was brought in by King to be executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, three years after the civil rights organization was founded.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A lawyer for a sniper who terrorized the Washington, D.C., region more than 15 years ago has asked a federal appeals court to give him a chance to argue for a lighter sentence. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in the case of Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 when he and an accomplice killed 10 people in 2002.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Senate has passed legislation aimed at allowing guns in church in response to a deadly church shooting in Texas. The Republican-controlled chamber voted along party lines Tuesday to approve the measure, which would repeal a state law prohibiting weapons in a place of worship during a service.

TANGIER, Va. (AP) - The National Guard had to fly groceries to an island in the Chesapeake Bay when December's cold snap froze the water. But another mission was underway: helping the island's homeless cats. The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that last month marked the first ever "cat lift" from Virginia's Tangier Island. The estimated 500 felines outnumber humans in this isolated fishing and tourist community. Pilots were asked to bring cat food and airlift some of the homeless animals to shelters on the mainland.

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