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It’s been more than 30 years since police arrested Jens Soering, an honors student from the University of Virginia, and charged him with the brutal murder of his girlfriend’s parents in their Bedford County home.  To this day, Soering insists he is innocent, but he’s been turned down for parole nearly a dozen times.  Today, his lawyer filed a petition asking for a full pardon - citing new evidence that Soering is not guilty.  

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Medical schools today teach doctors and nurses how to talk with patients and their families about dying, but for millions of health care professionals trained in the 20th century, conversations about death are difficult. That’s why the University of Virginia plans its third annual conference on the subject. 

Despite growing concern about the potential for brain injuries in football, more young players than ever are playing the game in this country. Researchers at Virginia Tech have been tracking some of them to identify the risks they may face from hits to their heads. Now, they’re out with the first findings of their five-year study. 

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Many of Virginia’s colleges are back in session this week. Classes at Virginia Tech started Monday, the University of Virginia’s began today -- and Virginia Commonwealth University kicks things off tomorrow.

After Hours E-Mail Creates Special Kind of Stress

Aug 23, 2016

If you feel like you’re working more hours than you used to, it may be because you ARE.  A new study finds getting emails after work hours, not only eats into your ‘off time’ it also causes a special kind of stress.  

UVA Battles Booze with a Better Party

Aug 22, 2016

Police in Charlottesville continue their search for a suspect in the rape of a young woman on the UVA campus early Saturday morning.  She was pulled from a sidewalk by a man wielding a knife.  It was an unhappy reminder of a problem that has plagued universities nationwide. 

To address the risk of sexual assault and the prevalence of binge drinking, administrators tried something new this year – hoping to protect incoming freshmen.

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Governor Terry McAuliffe’s effort to restore voting rights to former felons is attracting some criticism from Republicans, who say the move a politically motivated effort to help his friend Hillary Clinton win the White House. 

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The fight to restore voting rights to Virginia’s felons has been a tug of war between Virginia’s Democratic Governor and state Republicans. Today, the governor gave his next big pull, announcing almost 13,000 individual restorations and laying out a path for more. 

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A question about 20th Century Virginia's most powerful politician has proven to be a surprising stumper on a mock 5th Grade quiz taken by over a thousand adults, and history, geography and technology working together have brought overwhelming numbers of Pokemon players to a small Virginia community. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's Va News link at


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