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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials say nearly 300,000 Virginians have signed up for the health insurance marketplace under the program's second open enrollment.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 298,981 people signed up ahead of the deadline Thursday for coverage starting Feb. 1.

For those who missed the deadline, an open enrollment period will extend until Feb. 15. If that deadline is missed, the earliest coverage for those seeking it would be in 2016.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new report shows enrollment is down at more than half of Virginia's public colleges and universities in the current academic year.

The report by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia says fall enrollment declined at eight of the state's 15 four-year schools, compared to fall 2013.

Total head count dropped from 214,667 students to 213,718. It's the first year-to-year decline in enrollment since 1994.

During the same period, enrollment at private, nonprofit four-year institutions rose from 131,910 students to 135,910.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - University System of Maryland officials expect an enrollment dip at the system's 11 schools this fall for the first time since the 1990s.

The Daily Record reports that the forecasts outlined at a Board of Regents committee meeting Thursday are attributed to a drop in high school graduates and other trends.