VT researchers develop underwater robots

VT Underwater Robot

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Virginia Tech may be hundreds of miles from the ocean, but Tech researchers are developing robotic underwater systems likely to have many future purposes.  WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Deadline nears for Virginia Uber, Lyft drivers to register with DMV

VA DMV LogoVirginia is now registering any vehicles used for ride services like Uber and Lyft, and starting next month, all vehicles used this way must have that state registration. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, the goal to ensure passengers who use these services are safe.

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Morgan Harrington’s mom finds some solace in Matthew plea, but her mission continues

Morgan Harrington

Morgan Harrington

The mother of murder victim Morgan Harrington was in Fairfax for the entire Jesse Matthew trial, showing support for the victim.  Gil Harrington still hopes for justice in Morgan’s case, but she is devoting much of her efforts to help others, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Matthew enters new plea in ’05 Virginia sex assault

Jesse Matthew, Jr.

Jesse Matthew, Jr.

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ Jesse Matthew has entered an Alford plea on charges that he attacked and molested a woman in Virginia in 2005, acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him.  Wednesday’s plea means Matthews maintains his innocence. It is a form of a guilty plea, but without an explicit admission of guilt. Matthew, 33, of Charlottesville, also is charged in a separate case with the abduction and killing last year of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. His plea came after the prosecution rested its case with DNA evidence linking him to the September 2005 case in Fairfax. Defense lawyers tried unsuccessfully to get the judge to strike the case. Prosecutor Ray Morrogh said Matthew is entering the plea without any plea agreement with prosecutors. Matthew faces up to life in prison when sentenced Oct. 2.

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No time to rest: 611 prepares to lead first excursions this weekend

Fire Up 611 Facebook page photo

Fire Up 611 Facebook page photo

The freshly-restored Norfolk and Western 611 is wasting no time leading excursions. It’s already in Manassas, ready to take on its first passengers tomorrow, and the Fire Up 611 website shows the vast majority of seats are already sold. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Click here for the Fire Up 611 excursion tickets page.

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From birth to death, vital Virginia records now available on line

STATE-NEWSMore than 16 million state vital records are now available in electronic format.  The Virginia Department of Health and Ancestry.com collaborated on the project, which makes scanned images of original, public documents available online on the Ancestry website. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Now that the 611 is running again, it’s up to Norfolk Southern to let it keep leading excursions

Fire Up 611 Facebook page photo

Fire Up 611 Facebook page photo

Norfolk Southern’s outgoing CEO says permitting the freshly-restored 611 steam engine to run excursions on its tracks is good for the railroad. The 611 prepares to lead excursions in coming weekends from Manassas, Lynchburg and Roanoke, but as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, the future of such excursions will require that the railroad maintains its current thinking.

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Va. panel issues 21 proposals to combat campus sex assaults

STATE-NEWSA state task force has issued 21 recommendations to combat sexual assaults on Virginia college campuses. Those recommendations include the development of prevention plans to deter sexual assault and increased sexual assault reporting options, like smartphone apps. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Virginia Tech conducts national study that closely monitors truck drivers

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Associated Press photo

Researchers at Virginia Tech are conducting  a comprehensive study on truck drivers, one expected to provide mountains of information on the unique challenges truckers face and how they handle those challenges. The findings are expected to be be of national significance in efforts to make all vehicles and drivers safer, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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D-Day Memorial service to honor those who have fallen for their country

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Dday.org

Memorial Day is the day we remember the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Among the observances around the region today is one at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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