MONDAY NEWS IN BRIEF

The water in Emporia is safe to drink. City officials sent out a notice last night to stop using the water after it turned up discolored. They now say it’s safe to use, although the cause of the discoloration is still being investigated. Residents are asked to allow the water to run if it still turns up discolored.
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A Middlesex County man is heading to prison for strangling a woman to death last year. Investigators say Alvin Keyser admitted to killing Terrilynn St. John in February 2018 before hiding her body around a mile away from her home in the Wake area of Middlesex County. Her one and three-year-old children were found alone at the home after she went missing. Keyser was sentenced to 35 years in prison last week for second-degree murder.
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Virginia officials have ordered several waterways closed to shellfishing because of concerns over contaminants that could have been stirred up by Hurricane Dorian. The Daily Press reports the emergency closure affecting oysters and clams on portions of the Lynnhaven River, the lower James River and Back River began on Saturday and run for at least four days.
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The University of Virginia is one of the country’s top public universities in new rankings from U.S. News and World Report. The Charlottesville school ranked fourth, just behind California-Berkeley, UCLA and the University of Michigan.