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Virginia Tech lawsuit: Two Virginia Tech victims appeal to Supreme Court

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The state and attorneys representing two victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre are seeking a hearing before the state Supreme Court.

They'll appear Tuesday before a three-judge panel to make the case that the full court take their appeal.

The hearing stems from a successful suit against the state brought by two families who say their daughters could have survived if the university alerted the campus earlier of the killings on the Blacksburg campus by a student gunman.

Both sides are appealing various aspects of the case.

In June 2012, a judge upheld a jury's negligence finding against the state, but the damages were sharply reduced. Tech was not named in the lawsuit.

Thirty-three people died during shooting rampage, including the gunman, who killed himself.

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