Update: Mon., 10/20/14 4:03 a.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Police blocked off roads and were searching for clues in an area where they found remains that could be missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. The 18-year-old Graham hasn’t been seen since Sept. 13 after a night out with friends. The remains were found Saturday about 12 miles from campus. The man Graham was last seen with, 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham. He’s being held in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 4. It’s not clear how long it will take authorities to identify the remains they discovered over the weekend.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Morgan Harrington’s parents were so convinced that a serial offender was responsible for her 2009 killing, they started a nonprofit foundation aimed at protecting other young women. Five years later, the Harringtons are reacting with both sadness and relief to the news that police have found a “forensic link” to their 20-year-old daughter’s unsolved homicide with the arrest of a man in the recent disappearance of a University of Virginia student. But Morgan Harrington’s father, Dan Harrington, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the priority for authorities should be to find missing 18-year-old U.Va. student Hannah Graham, who disappeared on Sept. 13. The suspect in Graham’s disappearance, 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., is scheduled for a bond hearing Thursday in Charlottesville.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The lawyer for the man charged in a University of Virginia student’s disappearance says police haven’t told him what evidence they have against his client in that case or another young woman’s disappearance and death. Attorney James Camblos said he met with his client, 32-year-old Jesse Matthew Jr., for about 2-1/2 hours Tuesday but still doesn’t know what police have on him. Matthew is accused of abduction with intent to sexually molest 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who remains missing. Virginia State Police said Monday that Matthew’s arrest provided a “forensic link” to the death of 20-year-old Morgan Harrington, who vanished while attending a rock concert at U.Va. in 2009.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some states would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now. A Supreme Court decision to reject calls from all quarters to take up same-sex marriage would allow gay and lesbian couples in 11 more states, including in Virginia, to get married because appellate rulings affecting those states would take effect immediately. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Yet legal experts think the court will step in and decide gay marriage cases this term. The cases were on the agenda for the justices’ private meeting Monday about new cases to hear this term. The court could announce a decision as early as this week.
BEDFORD, Va. (AP) _ Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to attend the National D-Day Memorial’s events marking the invasion’s 70th anniversary. Today is the D-Day anniversary. Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation says event organizers have been working with local tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay. There are only two hotels in Bedford, where the memorial is located. Johnson says some visitors are staying in hotels as far away as Botetourt County. The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is holding a meeting in Richmond today to discuss rail safety. The conversation will focus on the status of proposed regulations and initiatives to improve the safety of transporting crude oil by rail in Virginia. It comes in the wake of a train derailment and fire in downtown Lynchburg on April 30. Scheduled participants include representatives of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Lynchburg Fire Department and CSX.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe met with key lawmakers Monday at the Capitol to tell them about lower-than-expected tax revenues that could leave a $300 million budget hole for the current fiscal year.
McAuliffe said he told lawmakers that the budget gap shows the need for compromise on passing a state budget for the next two years.
Republican and Democrats haven’t been able to pass a roughly $96 billion biennial budget for several weeks because of disagreements over whether to expand Medicaid eligibility to as many as 400,000 low income residents.
Republicans said the new revenue numbers bolster their case for passing a budget without Medicaid expansion.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A 48-year-old man convicted in the abduction and slaying of a Nelson County teenager says he plans to seek a new trial in a different county. Jurors found Randy Taylor guilty May 8th in the death of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. Her body has never been found.
The News & Advance interviewed Taylor in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. He has been held there since his arrest Aug. 11, 2013, eight days after Murphy disappeared. Taylor declined to answer questions about the night Murphy vanished. Surveillance video from a gas station in Lovingston shows Taylor holding the door for Murphy. He blames his conviction in part on jurors who were influenced by Murphy supporters in the courtroom. They wore pink ribbons and clothing in her memory. Taylor’s sentencing is July 23.
LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) — Nelson County High School officials have presented a slain teen’s diploma to her family. Alexis Murphy’s family attended the school’s graduation ceremony Saturday in Lovingston. School officials gave the family Murphy’s diploma during a special presentation.
Murphy’s aunt, Angela Taylor, says the family plans to create a scholarship program in Murphy’s name for a graduate of the school. They hope to present the scholarship next year. Taylor says receiving Murphy’s diploma is bittersweet. On May 8, 48-year-old Randy Taylor was convicted in Murphy’s abduction and slaying. Her body has never been found.