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Virginia Tech Tragedy
3:31 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

The Story of the Stuff

After the tragedy at Virginia Tech eight years ago today, people all over the world sent messages of sympathy: handmade cards, letters, mementos and more.  A new web documentary explores this modern mourning ritual, that’s becoming part of our culture. It’s called, “The Story of the Stuff.” 

Ashley Maynor was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech. Now a filmmaker and digital librarian at the University of Tennessee, she was on campus in Blacksburg when the sympathy cards and gifts – more than 90 thousands packages from 80 countries, started coming in.

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Veteran Care
7:05 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Lawmakers Expedite Plans for Two New Veteran Care Centers

House Majority Leader Kirk Cox joined Governor McAuliffe and other lawmakers to unveil the plan.

A bipartisan agreement unveiled by state lawmakers and Governor McAuliffe will expedite the construction of two new veterans care centers in Virginia.  To set the plan into motion, the governor proposed amendments to recently passed legislation that would have released state funding only AFTER a U.S. Veterans Affairs grant was awarded -- but state officials say such a delay is unacceptable. 

The plan sets aside $66.7 million in state bonds to construct the centers.  McAuliffe said the federal funds requested by Virginia exceeded the amount allocated for the entire nation.  

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Part 2 of 3
4:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Lessons Learned at Virginia Tech: Preventing Future Tragedies

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It’s been eight years since a disturbed student went on a shooting spree at Virginia Tech, killing 32 people before taking his own life.  Since then, colleges and universities have made significant changes to prevent future tragedies.  

Since the shootings at Virginia Tech, a cottage industry has sprung up around campus security.  

“These are challenging times for colleges and universities. Crime on campus is more concerning than ever, tragic shootings, student suicides, injuries, suspicious behaviors, concerning events are coming from every direction.”

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Law & Crime
7:09 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Virginia Department of Forensic Science Archives 10,000th DNA Data Bank Hit

Governor McAuliffe and US Senator Mark Warner tour the Central Lab

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has achieved its 10,000th DNA data bank hit.  The record-setting cold hit was announced by Governor McAuliffe, who joined U.S. Senator Mark Warner for a tour of the state forensic lab that analyzes DNA and other crime-scene evidence.  

The DNA data bank has 431,000 samples, and hits now occur daily.  McAuliffe also announced that the state has been collecting untested and backlogged sexual assault evidence—called PERK kits—from localities statewide.

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Arts & Culture
7:01 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Virginia Historical Society Looks to the Past with Cider from Colonial Times

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The Virginia Historical Society is preparing to take people back in time through their taste buds with an unusual spring fundraiser. 

Once upon a time, colonial women depended on a book called the Complete Houswife - a compendium of advice on how to clean your house, prepare food and make cider.  That, says Virginia Historical Society CEO Paul Levengood, was critical to keeping families alive. 

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