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Governor McAuliffe will soon have to decide whether to veto a bill that limits police use of drones without search warrants or accept the fact that the Senate decided to reject his amendments. That’s just one of the bills that the General Assembly debated today during its annual Reconvened Session.

Lessons Learned at Virginia Tech: Why Risks Remain

Apr 15, 2015

It’s been eight years since a lone gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech, then took his own life.  In that time, colleges and universities have made many changes designed to prevent future tragedies, but real and growing problems remain as Sandy Hausman reports.

Media coverage of mass shootings in this country could help to head off future attacks by making people more likely to report evolving problems.  Allen Groves is Dean of Students at the University of Virginia.

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It’s been eight years since a disturbed student went on a shooting spree at Virginia Tech, killing 32 people before taking his own life.  Since then, colleges and universities have made significant changes to prevent future tragedies.  

Since the shootings at Virginia Tech, a cottage industry has sprung up around campus security.  

“These are challenging times for colleges and universities. Crime on campus is more concerning than ever, tragic shootings, student suicides, injuries, suspicious behaviors, concerning events are coming from every direction.”

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science has achieved its 10,000th DNA data bank hit.  The record-setting cold hit was announced by Governor McAuliffe, who joined U.S. Senator Mark Warner for a tour of the state forensic lab that analyzes DNA and other crime-scene evidence.  

The DNA data bank has 431,000 samples, and hits now occur daily.  McAuliffe also announced that the state has been collecting untested and backlogged sexual assault evidence—called PERK kits—from localities statewide.

Lessons Learned at Virginia Tech: What Went Wrong?

Apr 13, 2015

This week, we mark the 8th anniversary of this country’s deadliest shooting rampage – an attack that left 33 dead at Virginia Tech. 

Dr. Bela Sood is a psychiatrist at Virginia Commonwealth University – a senior professor of child mental health policy and the author of a new book, The Virginia Tech Massacre: Strategies and Challenges for Improving Mental Health Policy on Campus and Beyond.  She was appointed by then Governor Tim Kaine to study what had happened at Tech and why,  and to offer suggestions for preventing future tragedies. 

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