Law & Crime

McDonnell Trial
8:38 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Bob McDonnell's Priest Says Former Governor is Hopeful

In Virginia, Bob McDonnell's priest says the former governor is hopeful that an appeals court will overturn his conviction for public corruption. 

McDonnell was supposed to report to a federal prison a week from Monday. But now that's not happening, thanks to a ruling from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Now those closest to the governor say McDonnell is hoping that ruling is an indication of things to come.

"He is still wrapped in the excitement."

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Animal Welfare
4:51 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Natural Bridge Zoo Responds to Allegations

Last week, the Humane Society of the United States released results of an undercover effort at the Natural Bridge Zoo.  That group wants the federal government to close the place after several animals died.  It’s also asking that the owner be prosecuted for cruelty to animals, but Karl Mogenson insists the zoo did nothing.

The zoo is routinely closed over the winter, but last summer hundreds of people had the chance to see a couple of baby tigers up close.

“I’m so excited --- look, look!  See that?”

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Allegations of Racial Discrimination
4:26 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Former VA McDonald's Workers File Civil Rights Lawsuit

Some former workers at three McDonald’s restaurants in South Boston and Clarkesville have filed a federal civil rights  lawsuit against the chain and one of its franchises. 

The ten former workers , nine are African American, one is Hispanic,  allege supervisors subjected them to racial and sexual harassment. 

Rev. Kevin Chandler, president of the South Boston Halifax Chapter of the NAACP says his organization is backing the lawsuit.

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Law & Crime
8:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Outdated Trafficking Laws Could Soon Be Reformed

Virginia lawmakers say while they ARE crafting more laws to nab sex traffickers, the perpetrators they label as "evil" are getting more aggressive and elusive—which is why it's time to create one standalone statute to be able to prosecute the traffickers. 

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Part 3 of 3
7:48 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Guantanamo Bay: Conclusions from the Gulag of Our Time

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Of nearly 780 detainees brought to a military prison at Guantanamo Bay, most have been sent back to their countries without charges being filed.  Nine died in detention.  After 5 Yemeni prisoners were released to Estonia and Oman yesterday, 122 now remain, and more than half could be released if the Obama administration finds a country that will take them.  Sandy Hausman spoke with Michael Lehnert, a retired Marine General who served for many years in Virginia before building the prison at GTMO.

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