Law & Crime

Palcohol Concoction
3:45 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Lawmakers Ban Powdered Alcohol Before it Hits Market

More than half of American adults drink less than once a week or not all, but 10% -- 24 million people – consume an average of 74 drinks a week.  An Arizona man hopes to make it easier for people to imbibe, but even before his product goes to market, Virginia has banned it. 

When entrepreneur Mark Phillips moved from Chicago to Phoenix, he caught the outdoor bug.

“In hiking especially or backpacking, at some point I’d like to enjoy an adult beverage, and so I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there was some kind of powdered mix that you just add water to.”

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Murder Trial Delayed
1:16 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Parents of Slain Students See Jesse Matthew for First Time

The parents of slain college students Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham got their first look at the man they believe killed their daughters.

The hearing itself was uneventful. The judge quickly granted the defense request to hire a DNA expert and push back the trial date so the expert could sift through the evidence.

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Law & Crime
1:31 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

March is Mediation Month

Governor McAuliffe has named March “Mediation Month” in the Commonwealth, to honor the work done in courts and other resolution centers. 

The Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution and the Virginia Mediation Network are promoting several free seminars during the month.

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12 Months & 1 Day
4:24 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Maureen McDonnell Sentenced

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Virginia's former First Lady spoke publicly for the first time since both she and her husband were indicted and subsequently convicted on federal corruption charges. Tommie McNeil explains, her testimony not only elicited a tearful reaction from some in the courtroom, but also prompted the judge to give her a better sentencing deal than her husband’s. 

Maureen McDonnell expressed remorse and apologized for "letting the serpent into the mansion"—referring to Jonnie Williams, the businessman whose testimony led to the convictions of both Maureen and former Governor Bob McDonnell.

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General Assembly 2015
8:34 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Lawmakers Crack Down on Cigarette Smuggling

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A Republican state senator is trying desperately to crack down on cigarette trafficking from Virginia to the Northeast, which evidence suggests is so profitable that it’s funding terrorist organizations and fuels organized crime. But several members of his own caucus in the House are standing in the way of one bill that’s passed the Senate. 

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