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.
While some Democratic members of Congress have criticized the unsuccessful rollout of the federal health insurance exchange website, others disagree.
Calls to delay some of the requirements of the Affordable Act Care escalated when Democratic New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen wrote an open letter to President Obama after the website’s problems emerged.
But several members of Virginia's congressional delegation say they are too quick to ask for a delay in its implementation.
Virginia is moving ahead with plans for a new highway to replace route 460, the section which runs from Petersburg to Suffolk, but environmentalists are crying foul – complaining construction will wipe-out valuable wetlands.
A week after a Quinnipiac poll had Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a seven-point lead over his Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race, the poll now says McAuliffe's lead has dwindled by three points.
Some other polls suggest that the Democrat still has a significant lead over the Republican-with additional surveys saying that his lead is growing. But one veteran political expert says the variation has a lot to do with who comes out to vote on election day.