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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Spc. Latasha Ricks, a soldier accused of stabbing her husband during a domestic dispute last April, will stand trial for murder, according to Army officials.

The court-martial is scheduled for Oct. 16 to 19 in Kaiserslautern.

Ricks initially was charged with both premeditated murder and involuntary manslaughter of her husband, Levin Peters. But only the murder charge remains and the words “with premeditation” were removed from the charge’s specification.

Peters was cut twice with a kitchen knife. One wound was superficial, but the other pierced Peters’ heart, according to Article 32 testimony from the German doctor who performed the autopsy.

College to offer free information sessionRAMSTEIN, Germany — The University of Maryland University College will offer a free information session on the U.S. stock market Wednesday.

The event, scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be held at Ramstein Air Base’s Hercules theater and is open to the public.

Brian Nowell, a professor, will talk about issues that people with retirement accounts — including IRAs, 401(k)s, and the Thrift Savings Plan — should know to keep their funds safer and growing.

Nowell also will discuss ways to select individual stocks for safety and higher rates of investment return.

Caserma Ederle begins building new health centerGround was broken Monday at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, for the new Enhanced Health Service Center.

The center will consolidate the aging dental, health care and social work facilities scattered throughout the post into a single building, officials said in a release.

Outpatient services will include primary care, orthopedics, women’s health services, pharmacy, radiology, physical therapy, optometry, education and developmental intervention services, social work and expanded dental services.

Italian doctors, nurses and support staff and their U.S. counterparts will provide soldiers and their families outpatient and birthing services.

The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command awarded a 30 million euro ($41.3 million) joint-venture contract for the center, the release said.

The 140,000-square-foot facility is expected to be complete by spring 2010.

VA to hold meeting to discuss separation, retirement benefitsNAPLES, Italy — A Veterans Affairs representative will be discuss benefits available for separating and retiring servicemembers at a briefing noon Thursday at the Fleet and Family Support Center in Gricignano.

Tanya Johnson, ratings specialist with the Winston-Salem VA branch in North Carolina, will address such topics as disability compensation and pensions, the Home Loan Guarantee program, Montgomery GI Bill benefits and life insurance.

She will also be available for individual appointments. For details call the center at DSN 629-6372 or commercial at (+39)(0)81-811-6372.

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