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Greene Primary School
7:52 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Civil Rights Group Intervenes For Handcuffed 4-Year-Old

John Whitehead says he's never heard of handcuffing a child so young.
Credit The Rutherford Institute

Some parents expressed outrage when they heard that a child at their local elementary school had been handcuffed and hauled off to the sheriff’s office after kicking and hitting the principal.  Now, a national civil liberties group is getting involved on behalf of the boy, who’s been diagnosed with ADHD. 


Officials in Greene County don't deny that a sheriff's deputy, serving as a resource officer to Nathanael Greene Primary School, handcuffed an unruly 4-year-old, placed him in a cruiser, and later put the pre-kindergarten kid in leg irons.



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Fighting for Clean Water
7:41 am
Fri December 19, 2014

What To Do With Toxic Coal Ash

Environmentalists are glad to see Dominion Power shutting down coal burning power plants, but they want the utility to do something about the waste left behind when coal is burned.  

At the Chesapeake Energy Center, Dominion has stored tons of coal ash for decades.  Deborah Murray is an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center.

“They have just simply been storing the coal ash for about 60 years now in unlined pits, and the evidence is very clear, and Dominion’s own records show that it’s contaminating the ground water.”

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Fresh Start
5:14 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Rights Restoration for Ex-Offenders

Praises, tears, accolades, and stories of lives renewed are par for the course in a church setting.

But although the venue was a church in Richmond, the occasion was the long-awaited restoration of rights for three Virginians who are among the thousands who have— and will have—their rights restored by Governor McAuliffe.

Although the process is still not automatic, the governor has made it simpler.

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Science Fiction As Reality
2:05 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

The Kitchen of the Future

The future is calling and it’s asking for a new kitchen.  A team at Virginia Tech is answering, with a plan for a ‘smart kitchen’ that makes full use of technology. 

It’s been talked about for decades:  A kitchen of the proverbial future that does the work for you. Here’s the late actor, Burgess Meredith, reading from a short story by the, also late, science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury. It’s called, “And There Will Come Soft Rains,’ and it was published in 1950.

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Spending Cuts Scheduled
4:31 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Budget Update from VA's Governor

Governor McAuliffe told the General Assembly’s money committees Wednesday that while they made great strides in closing the state's budget shortfall, much more needs to be done to secure Virginia's future. 

He says that's  why he will continue to implement nearly $954 million  in spending cuts over the biennium and work to advance his vision for the upcoming session.

The Governor’s budget proposals include growth initiatives and protecting transportation funding. He also aims to boost tourism, end veterans homelessness by next year, and achieve other objectives.

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