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A Change in History?
7:49 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Virginia's New Role in the Settling of America

The recent discovery of a Fort built by Spanish Conquistadors in what is now North Carolina, almost half a century before Jamestown was settled by the British, is causing some to rethink American history. A Blacksburg historian says southwestern Virginia played a much larger part than many people realize.  

 

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The Great Fuel Debate
7:21 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Biofuels Still a Contentious Issue in Virginia

Credit www.ext.vt.edu

A renewable energy coalition is countering a recent Time Magazine article that's critical of biofuel use. In fact, the “Fuels America” coalition has rolled out its own report that suggests that the Commonwealth is one of several East Coast states that could capitalize on the MANY benefits that ethanol and cellulosic alternatives can provide. 

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Law & Crime
4:16 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

No Charges Will Be Filed in the Death of Jamisha Gilbert

Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Doucette held a news conference to say no charges will be filed in the death of Lynchburg teenager Jamisha Gilbert.  Her body was found in a briar patch near the intersection of Concord Turnpike and Route 460 last December. 

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The Veto Session
8:21 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Virginia's General Assembly Reconvenes

Credit www.washingtonpost.com

It's the Reconvened or Veto Session at the Virginia General Assembly. While lawmakers spent much of the day focusing on failed budget negotiations, they have been able to make progress on some other issues.  Some members criticized Governor McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes to legislation—but also applauded several measures that actually strengthened the bills from their original form.  

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Child Pornography Crimes
8:05 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Child Pornography: Crime and Punishment

Credit www.sovaicac.org

There are a number of child porn possession cases in the news, many of which have been investigated by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task force. Recent cases range from nude selfies taken by a teenage girl, to a possession case in which a very small number of images were downloaded "out of curiosity" to the case of former UVA Associate Dean Michael Morris who pled guilty this week to the possession and distribution of child pornography. 

 

 

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