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Judge Upholds Negligence Verdict Against Virginia Tech

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 A judge in Virginia has upheld a jury's negligence verdict against the state from the 2007 mass killings at Virginia Tech, but in so doing, the judge sharply reduced damages awarded to two families.

Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander II reduced the jury damages awarded to each family to $100,000, the statutory cap on damages against the state. Jurors had awarded each family $4 million.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the families of two students who were among the 33 left dead on the Blacksburg campus after a rampage by a lone gunman. The families were the only ones eligible who did not accept their share of a $11 million state settlement. Attorneys successfully argued the university waited too long before alerting the campus of the first two shootings.

The April 16, 2007,  attack on the Blacksburg campus was the deadliest in modern U.S. history.

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Obama's Trip to Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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