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New Inspector General Report
3:10 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Mental Health Care in Virginia's Jails

More than 6,000 people in Virginia’s local and regional jails are mentally ill according to a new report from Virginia’s Inspector General, but they’re not getting adequate care. 

Sheriffs, who oversee those jails, are begging the legislature for help.
 

There are about 70 jails in Virginia housing 6,346 people with mental illness, and John Jones, director of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, says that can lead to dangerous situations.

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Legislative Hearing Scheduled
1:34 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The Future of Stadium Woods

A 14-acre  stand of trees on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg recently escaped destruction when the University agreed not to build an athletic practice facility on that spot. 

Now a Virginia Senator wants to make protection of the parcel, known as Stadium Woods, permanent.

Senator John Edwards applauds Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors for voting to save Stadium woods from development – for now. But he’s introduced a bill that would make protection permanent with a conservation easement on the land.

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House Bill 49
10:49 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Legislation to Ban 'Revenge Porn'

It’s a sign of the times that Virginia lawmakers may soon consider a bill to ban what’s popularly known as “revenge porn” – the posting of naked pictures by an ex-lover online. 
 

Albemarle County Prosecutor Denise Lunsford is a powerful woman, and when a former boyfriend posted nude pictures of her on Twitter, she went to court.  The pictures came down, but there was no legal penalty.  Now, Delegate Marcus Simon is stepping up to change that.  He sees revenge porn as a kind of assault and says Lunsford is not alone.

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General Assembly
5:12 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Democrats Hope to Repeal Abortion Laws

Barbara Favola

Some Democratic members of the General Assembly have announced they’ll push to repeal several abortion-related laws that have passed in recent years, which they say are restrictive and set up barriers to women’s reproductive health. The Senators and Delegates say to achieve this goal, they’ll play offensive and defensive roles during the legislative session.

Senator Barbara Favola said women deserve access to safe and legal health care.

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:46 am
Mon January 13, 2014

VaNews for 01.13.14

The Virginia General Assembly will consider intervening this year in a pair of ongoing struggles...urban chickens versus urban dogs and fast drivers against slow ones.

Both stories have been among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's Va News link on vpap.porg. 

 

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