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6:31 am
Mon November 4, 2013

VaNews for 11.4.13

The non-luxuries of travel for Virginia gubernatorial candidates and a ghost in the executive mansion drew plenty of attention over the past week. 

Those are among the most clicked stories in recent days at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

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VT Students Present Design Concepts
2:03 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Transit Station: Bringing Forms of Transportation Together

Credit Virginia Tech

It’s been more than 30 years since there has been passenger train service to Roanoke, but plans are underway to bring it back.

A new transit station is in the early planning stages. But a lot has changed since the hey day of passenger rail service in the Star City and a  new station will have to bring many forms of transit together.  A team from Virginia Tech will present design concepts for a new multi modal transit station to city and transit officials.

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Part 5 in a Series
1:41 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Why a Convicted Killer Could Be Paroled

Soering Supporters Protest in Berlin

When former Governor Tim Kaine approved the transfer of a German national from the Buckingham Correctional Center to his homeland four years ago, his political opponents were furious, and as soon as he took office, Governor Bob McDonnell blocked the deal. 

The prisoner was Jens Soering, a University of Virginia honors student, convicted in the brutal murder of his girlfriend’s parents when he was 18.  During the current campaign for governor neither candidate has mentioned Soering, the prisoner’s future could depend on who is elected.

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Part 4 in a Series
12:06 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Jens Soering: Politics & Diplomacy Could Set Him Free

The Virginia Parole Board has, again, refused to release Jens Soering, a former honors student from the University of Virginia, convicted of killing his girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom’s parents with a knife. 

She is also behind bars as an accomplice to the gruesome crime.  Both have been model prisoners, and both are eligible for parole or a pardon from the governor. 

Pressure from Soering’s homeland, Germany, is building, and some prominent people here in Virginia question his guilt.

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Law & Crime
5:55 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Justices Reverse VT Wrongful Death Verdict Against State

The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a wrongful death verdict stemming from the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, which killed 32 people.

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