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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A high school senior in Virginia has died after his kayak overturned in the James River. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Friday that William Christian Wood III, who went by Christian, celebrated his 18th birthday less than two weeks before Monday's accident. Richmond's Fire and Emergency Services department said Wood was kayaking with a friend when he was caught in rough waters. His friend was able to pull him out of the water and perform CPR. But he was taken off life support on Tuesday.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A former superintendent of the state's transportation department has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in an $11 million bribery scheme. According to court documents, Anthony Willie and a co-conspirator awarded millions of dollars in snow removal contracts to four contractors who agreed to pay bribes equivalent to 5 to 10 percent of the contract value.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - An ex-official with a Chesapeake-based labor union has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for stealing from a bank account set up for ailing members. Tamika Bullock pleaded guilty last year in federal court.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The president of Virginia Tech says the Florida high school where a gunman is accused of fatally shooting 17 people helped his university heal after a deadly campus shooting there over 10 years ago. President Timothy Sands tweeted a link Friday to Virginia Tech's condolence archive, which catalogs the items it received after a gunman fatally shot 32 people in 2007. Among them is a handmade book from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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