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Virginia Tech victims meet with governor

RICHMOND, VA. - Some students injured in the Virginia Tech shootings have made significant progress, while others have a long road to recovery, the governor said Saturday.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine met privately at the Capitol with about a half-dozen students injured in the April 16 shootings, and about two dozen parents.

Mr. Kaine, who met with many of the injured after the shootings, said the students and parents made "very heartfelt and compelling statements" about their needs and concerns.

They included the continuing costs of medical and psychological care, the status of an investigation and anxiety about their sons and daughters returning to the campus, Mr. Kaine and participants said.

In addition to the 32 people that Seung-Hui Cho fatally gunned down before killing himself, 25 people were injured. None of the students who attended the meeting appeared to have any obvious physical injuries.

Unknown Confederate sailor is laid to rest

MOBILE, ALA. - The remains of a Confederate sailor, recovered several years ago from a shipwreck at the bottom of the English Channel, were buried Saturday in a handmade wooden coffin pulled by a horse-drawn caisson.

The unidentified sailor's skeletal remains were found on the underside of a cannon raised from the wreck of the CSS Alabama in about 200 feet of water.

The Confederate warship was sunk in the channel off the coast of France on June 19, 1864, by the Union warship USS Kearsarge. More than 400 artifacts have been recovered from the site by American and French divers.

The CSS Alabama had a crew of about 120 members, and most were rescued by boaters in the area, but about a dozen drowned or were never heard from again, said Robert Edington, a Mobile attorney and president of the CSS Alabama Association.

Arkansas charities welcome gambling

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - Day and night, charter buses travel across the Arkansas countryside to Mississippi casinos, ferrying gamblers and their money out of a state that has long been a holdout in the push to bring more gaming to the Bible Belt.

For years, Kenneth Stoner and a Knights of Columbus chapter at Helena-West Helena looked on with envy - barred from even holding small bingo games because of Arkansas' constitutional prohibition against gambling. But come Tuesday, the games begin.

The Knights of Columbus at Helena-West Helena, plus hundreds of other charities across Arkansas, will be allowed to run bingo games and sell raffle tickets to raise money.

A constitutional amendment approved last year approved the new games, marking a major shift in a state that, until recently, was governed by Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist preacher who opposed gaming.

Hot Springs and West Memphis voters last year authorized electronic games of skill, such as video poker, with the Legislature's OK. Those games have paid out $204 million since November - out of $221 million wagered - and the state's take has been more than $3 million.

Under the new rules, the state government will take in revenue from the sale of bingo equipment - though just enough to cover the cost of regulation. The charities keep all their proceeds after paying winners.


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