• Tammy Weeks, left, mother of Nicole Lovell leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 in Christiansburg, Va.   David Eisenhauer, is charged with kidnapping and killing Lovell, who survived a liver transplant and other health scares only to have her life ended after apparently climbing out her bedroom window last week. (Jacob Demmitt/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Slain teen’s father says he found out about her death on TV

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The father of a 13-year-old girl who police say was slain by a Virginia Tech student said he found out about his daughter’s death on TV, and questioned whether the tragedy could have been avoided if he had been more a part of her life.

  • Virginia head coach Tony Bennett reacts to a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Tech, in Charlottesville, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    No. 7 Virginia back track with a little luck, lots of ‘D’

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Seventh-ranked Virginia had lost its way, then got a fortuitous bounce and the Cavaliers have been on a roll since.

  • Virginia House OKs electric chair as backup in executions

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill that would allow Virginia prison officials to execute inmates in the electric chair if lethal-injection drugs are unavailable sailed through the state’s Republican-dominated House of Delegates on Wednesday.

  • Virginia Tech head basketball coach Buzz Williams directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Gill’s 16, ‘D’ lead No. 7 Virginia past Virginia Tech, 67-49

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Anthony Gill scored 16 points and No. 7 Virginia turned the tables on state rival Virginia Tech with a 67-49 victory Tuesday night, the Cavaliers’ seventh straight.

  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets observe a moment of silence during a vigil in honor of Nicole Lovell in downtown Blacksburg Va. Monday, Feb.  8 2016. Two Virginia Tech students have been charged in connection with Nicole's death. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Friend says slain teen talked of running away with defendant

    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The 13-year-old Virginia girl who was killed after climbing out of her bedroom window talked of running away and starting a family with the man now charged in her slaying, a friend and classmate of the seventh-grader said.

  • Former McAuliffe ally turns against him on gun compromise

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s biggest donors and political allies has turned against him with an advertisement campaign condemning him for a deal he struck with GOP leaders on gun policy.

  • In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 photo, a woman stands in the doorway of then new Historic Colored Entrance at the Lyric Theatre, in Birmingham, Ala. Preservationists had to decide whether to keep reminders of The Lyric’s discarded color line before they unveiled an $11 million restoration of the 102-year-old theater, which had been closed for decades. In this case, they chose to highlight the history, installing a glass door with the etched words “Historic Colored Entrance” in the lobby wall so patrons can peer into the past. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    What should be done with architecture of white supremacy?

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Growing up in the 1950s, William Bell had to enter Birmingham’s segregated Lyric Theatre though a side entrance, marked “COLORED,” that was walled-off from the elegant lobby. He climbed a dimly lit stairwell to watch movies from the steep balcony where black patrons had to sit for generations.

  • Today in History

    Today is Shrove (preceding Ash Wednesday) Tuesday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2016. There are 326 days left in the year.

  • In this  Nov. 6, 2015 file photo, Norwood Thomas, holds up a photo of with Joyce Morris at his home in Virginia Beach, Va. Thomas  is embarking on a 10,500-mile journey to Australia to visit Morris.  She was the 93-year-old World War II veteran's wartime girlfriend.   (Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)  MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    WWII vet begins journey to reunite with wartime girlfriend

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 93-year-old World War II veteran is embarking on a 10,500-mile journey to Australia to visit his wartime girlfriend after more than 70 years apart.

  • Dayton guard Charles Cooke (4) dunks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against George Mason, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Fairfax, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Cooke scores 24 as No. 24 Dayton beats George Mason 98-64

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — If there was ever a doubt as to how No. 24 Dayton would respond with its leading scorer coming off the bench for the first time this season, those concerns were erased early as Charles Cooke scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the first half of the Flyers’ 98-64 victory over George Mason on Saturday night.