Should Virginia's college newspapers run liquor ads?

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The issue of liquor advertising in college newspapers is before the Virginia Supreme Court.

The justices heard arguments Wednesday on whether the state's definition of college papers includes publications that have a readership that's more than 50 percent age 21 and older. The answer to that question could determine whether the newspapers at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, which claim a mostly adult readership, are subject to the prohibition against alcohol ads.

The U.Va. and Tech papers challenged the ban in federal court in 2006. A U.S. magistrate judge invalidated the ban but was reversed by a federal appeals court.

Now the magistrate judge is asking the state Supreme Court to clarify the definition of a college newspaper. A ruling is likely in early November.