Local Leads: 8/8/11

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By Charlie Bragale
|  Monday, Aug 8, 2011  |  Updated 11:07 AM EDT
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Local Leads: Marble Championships in MD

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VIRGINIA STUDENTS TO PAY MORE
Fairfax Times: " Students entering or returning to Virginia’s public colleges and universities will be greeted with higher tuition rates this fall. On average, tuition and mandatory fees to the state's four-year public institutes are up 8 percent this year from the previous year, according to the State Council for Higher Education. On average, in-state undergrads attending school full-time will pay $9,534 a semester this year."

FLOOD SURPRISES RIVER-GOERS

Insidenova.com: " One minute people were enjoying the sunshine and warm water along the Rappahanock River. The next, they were running for safety. Forecasters say 7.9 inches of rain fell late Saturday into Sunday in Culpeper, leading to a massive and unexpected rush of water along the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg Sunday afternoon. There were reports of multiple water rescues in Stafford and the city after the sudden flood around 2 p.m. One witness reported on insidenova.com's Facebook page that "all of a sudden the water changed directions and picked up speed." The beach was evacuated, she said, but whole families were left stranded."

MARBLE CHAMPION
Gazette: " Twelve-year-old Brandon Matchett could never lose his marbles. He just holds them too tight: In preparing for Sunday’s U.S. National Marble Championship in Middletown, he literally played marbles until his fingers bled. But for Brandon who came with his family from Pittsburgh to participate in the 17th annual tournament the bleeding blister on his thumb was totally worth it. Although he was the youngest marble-shooter in the competition, Brandon defeated many experienced players (including the defending three-time champion Ralph Dillon) and fought his way right through the top spot in the championship’s men’s division."

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