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Law & Crime
4:41 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Fairness Urged for Death Penalty Cases

Virginia’s laws and processes in administering the death penalty can and should be improved.  That’s according to a report unveiled through a project sponsored by the American Bar Association.

The goal of the Death Penalty Assessment Team’s findings is to reduce the risk of wrongful conviction or execution.

The purpose of the report was not to oppose or support capital punishment, according to Team member and former Attorney General Mark Earley.

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Government & Politics
11:11 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Immigration Reform Rally Calls on Rep. Cantor

Virginia Organizing Members Meet with Congressman Eric Cantor's legislative director to talk about immigration.
Credit Virginia Organizing

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is being heavily lobbied by two sets of constituents who are at opposite ends of a polarizing debate.

One wants him to push for a vote next month on comprehensive immigration reform, while the other wants him to be steadfast, refuse to capitulate, and push to reinforce U.S. borders.

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U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
10:47 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Sen. Kaine Speaks Out on Syria

Chairman Menendez presides over a hearing with Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey on the situation in Syria.
Credit U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine has cast a vote supporting President Obama’s request to use military force in Syria.

Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee spent hours this week weighing classified intelligence about the Syrian regime while also discussing ways to tweak a new compromise authorization measure putting limits on the president’s initial request. Kaine says it’s in America’s interest to support the international ban on chemical weapons.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono
4:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Imagine Peace: Virginia Exhibits

Yoko Ono - Cut Piece 1964 Performed by the artist on March 21, 1965 Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, NY Photo by Minoru Niizuma, Courtesy of Yoko Ono

Many people remember Yoko Ono for her connection to the Beatles.  But a Virginia Tech Professor says she’s always been a major contemporary artist in her own right, whose groundbreaking work is still relevant today. 

Two Exhibitions on Ono’s long career open next week at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke and the Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech. 

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International Distribution
4:38 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Fake ID Ring Busted in Charlottesville

Federal investigators have closed the book on what could be the nation’s largest maker of fake identification – a Virginia company that made millions without advertising or even creating a website.  

Three people plead guilty to supplying up to 25,000 high-quality drivers’ licenses to customers around the world who learned about their services by word of mouth.

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