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Group Changes Plan for Va. Medical School Grant

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The group awarded a $25 million grant to create a medical school in southwest Virginia says a plan to create a "virtual" health science center with multiple partners is a better option.

The Alliance for Rural Health issued a report to the Virginia tobacco commission last week arguing against creating a new medical school.

The tobacco commission first awarded a $25 million to the project - then called the King School of Medicine - in 2009. But the project has languished since then. The commission voted to strip the grant of $5 million earlier this year and told the project's leaders to submit a plan detailing how it plans to proceed.

State Sen. Ralph Smith said he is not impressed with the group's new plan.

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