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VRE Online Forum Wednesday

The first monthly forum of the New Year begins at noon.

Rich Dalton, Director of Rail Equipment and Services, and Chris Henry, Director of Rail Operations, will be the featured guests on the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) monthly online forum Jan. 2 at noon.

Questions may be posted in advance at http://vre.org/chatterbox/ -- the same page at which to join the forum.

VRE has been facing many challenges.

In August, VRE's Board declined an independent audit; the majority of board members said they wanted to wait until a separate FBI investigation was completed.

Kevin Wirth Jannell, 49, of Fredericksburg, pled guilty on Sept. 27 to taking more than $200,000 in bribes to ensure a VRE subcontractor would be retained, according to the FBI.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in October asked for a review of Virginia Railway Express (VRE) relating to its governance and management practices.

In December, Fredericksburg resident Angela Jannell, the wife of former VRE employee Kevin Jannell, pleaded guilty in federal court of helping conceal bribes her husband accepted while working for VRE.

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