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Virginia killer had applied at WBTV

This undated photo provided by WDBJ-TV shows Vester Lee Flanagan II, a former employee at WDBJ who appeared on air as Bryce Williams.
This undated photo provided by WDBJ-TV shows Vester Lee Flanagan II, a former employee at WDBJ who appeared on air as Bryce Williams. AP

Vester Flanagan, who killed two TV journalists last week in Virginia and posted a video of it on Facebook before taking his own life, had applied for work at WBTV (Channel 3) in Charlotte, but never got an interview at the station. News director Dennis Milligan said he recognized the name as the story unfolded last Wednesday. “You don’t forget a name like Vester Flanagan,” Milligan said. “In the last couple of years I’ve probably seen it more than once.” It’s not unusual to look at the work of hundreds of applicants when filling a reporting vacancy, Milligan said, and Flanagan's tapes didn’t earn him consideration. “When you’re in my world,” Milligan said, “you're looking for people whose talents stick out from the crowd.” …

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