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Here’s the latest word from Virginia Tech:

“Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 9 is the start of final exams for the fall term. Exams scheduled for Friday (tomorrow) have been postponed.

A decision regarding the final exam schedule will be made as soon as we have more information. All information will be send via campus wide email and posted to the university homepage."

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Republicans who want to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, including Presidential candidates Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, will have to answer to one of the EPA's new partners and America's most beloved institutions: the Girl Scouts.

Earlier this week, Girl Scouts of the USA announced it will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012 with the launch of a new international conservation effort, the "Girl Scouts Forever Green Project," funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Alcoa Foundation.

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WSLS reports that police in Radford, Virginia, are investigating an armed robbery that occurred earlier this morning. It’s unclear if this event and the shooting at Virginia Tech are related, but the university spokesperson was asked about a relation but couldn’t offer any details.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on Virginia Tech:



“We are all saddened and stunned to hear about the tragedy at Virginia Tech today. Such violence is never easy to explain, and cuts to our core – especially on a campus that has experienced such grief in the past. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and the entire Hokie Community. We also pray for the law enforcement officials who are risking their own lives to keep the Virginia Tech campus safe.”

Details of Stephen Colbert's "South Carolina Serious, Classy Republican Debate" are becoming more clear. Kind of...

"It's happening, we're doing it, we've set the date in stone, sometime in January," Colbert said. "It's going to be on Animal Planet. They haven't returned my call yet." But Colbert doesn't care. He has a million networks interested in his debate: Oxygen, BET and Cinemax, to name a few.

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Here’s the latest statement from Virginia Tech:



Numerous reports have been made recently of sounds identified as gunshots and suspicious activity on campus. These recent reports have been investigated and are unfounded. The suspect’s status remains unknown. Several law enforcement agencies are on scene to assist. Please stay where you are and secure your surroundings.

Jon Huntsman is set to deliver a major speech today at the National Press Club, based around the theme "Restoring Trust," in which he will go after President Obama, plus the two current top Republican candidates, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, pitching himself as a consistent conservative.

Huntsman served as President Obama's Ambassador to China until April of this year, when he resigned in order to run for president.

The speech is scheduled to begin at at 12 p.m. ET. A live stream of the event will be available here.

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The Collegiate Times' photo editor has posted a handful of pictures on Flickr. Here are two pics below. See the full gallery here.

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