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Policies cut services for illegal immigrants


LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Fearing illegal immigrants could overrun jails, schools and affordable housing, Lincoln County commissioners have adopted policies to halt funding for services used by illegal residents that aren't mandated by the federal government.

A strongly worded resolution approved this week directs all county departments and agencies to cut spending for discretionary services provided to illegal immigrants, "to the extent that they are able to do so with available information."

The resolution likely won't result in sweeping changes, and it could take a year to figure out which programs could be limited, Commissioner Bruce Carlton said.

The resolution, approved unanimously by the all-Republican board, said an influx of illegal immigrants contributes to "havoc and death on our highways" and increases crime rates because many illegal immigrants lack the English skills necessary to understand laws.

No drugs are found in Virginia Tech shooter

RICHMOND, VA. - The student who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech before committing suicide had no prescription drugs or toxic substances in his system, the Virginia State Police said Thursday.

A toxicology examination was performed as part of Seung-Hui Cho's autopsy. State police said in a news release that they have received the autopsy reports on Mr. Cho and his victims but will not release them because "this is an active criminal investigation."

Mr. Cho's autopsy report confirmed that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, state police said.

A state panel investigating the shooting is examining Mr. Cho's contact with the mental health system. He was ordered into involuntary outpatient treatment in 2005 after a justice found that he presented "an imminent danger to himself as a result of mental illness." There has been no indication that he ever got treatment.

- Edited from wire reports