CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The president of the University of Virginia’s Inter-Fraternity Council says he was sickened by a female student’s account of being gang-raped by seven men at a fraternity. Tommy Reid discussed the account, published recently in Rolling Stone magazine, during a news conference called by student leaders at the campus Monday. The school suspended activities at all campus fraternal organizations on Saturday in response to the Rolling Stone article, which claimed the school had a hidden culture of sexual violence. The president of the Student Council, Jalen Ross, called the story a “wake-up call” for the university. The student leaders called for solutions but offered few specifics. Ashley Brown, president of One Less, a sexual assault education group on campus, says change won’t happen overnight.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia’s economy is in a “very perilous” situation with potential federal defense cuts looming. McAuliffe says he’s open to considering eliminating tax relief programs in order to balance the state budget. He and state lawmakers met with heads of several large companies Monday to discuss the state’s economic outlook. House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones says the executives told lawmakers to be cautious in their budgeting for next year. The governor is set to introduce next month a spending plan to bridge a $322 million budget gap. He says he is open to rolling back a program that partially offsets Virginia’s car tax.
From the U.S. Attorney’s Office: Timothy J. Heaphy announced today that he will step down as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia at the end of 2014, after serving more than five years in office. Mr. Heaphy has informed President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of his decision. After leaving office, Mr. Heaphy will become Chair of the White Collar Defense and Government Investigations practice at an international law firm based in Richmond, VA. First Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Giorno will become Acting United States Attorney on January 1, 2015.
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