Forensics at center of missing U.Va. student case

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 […]

Police hold evidence in UVa missing student case

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 […]

D-Day Memorial prepares for thousands of visitors

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 […]

Warner to discuss Va. rail safety

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 […]

$300 million budget gap possible for Va. budget

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A possible $300 million gap is adding a new wrinkle to state budget impasse that threatens a possible state government shutdown. 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 […]

Randy Taylor wants new trial in different location

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 […]

School presents slain Nelson County teen’s diploma to family

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 […]

Downtown Lynchburg street closures

  Downtown Lynchburg street closures are set to take effect tomorrow and last about two and a half weeks. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones… 05-19 WLNI-Detours-WEB

Former Va. governor due in court for dismissal hearing

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are due in federal court for a hearing on whether to dismiss most of the corruption charges filed against them. Judge James R. Spencer will also hear arguments Monday on whether McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, should receive separate trials. Prosecutors oppose separating […]

Around 30,000 guests expected for Virginia Tech graduation

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ About 5,000 students are set to receive diplomas at Virginia Tech’s spring commencement. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the keynote speaker for the main ceremony Friday morning at Lane Stadium. The graduate school commencement will follow at Cassell Coliseum. Twenty-eight college and departmental ceremonies are set for later Friday and Saturday. The […]