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Report Says Virginia Tech Violated Federal Law During Shooting

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Virginia Tech violated federal law by waiting too long to notify students during the 2007 shooting rampage, according to a final report from the U.S. Department of Education.

The department issued its report in January, but it gave Virginia Tech a chance to comment before drafting the final version, which was issued Thursday.

The report finds that the university failed to issue a timely warning after the gunman killed two students in a dormitory early on April 17, 2007.

The school sent out an e-mail about the shootings two hours later, but by that time the student gunman was chaining shut doors to a campus building, where he killed 30 students and faculty before turning the gun on himself.

A university spokesman disputed the findings.

The Virginia Tech shooting rampage is the deadliest peacetime shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history.

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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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The Democracy Of The Diner (Rebroadcast)

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. We get an update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U.S. is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: How revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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