Constitutional Rights

Monticello

Seventy nine people from 38 countries became U.S. citizens today, during the annual swearing in at the home of Thomas Jefferson.  The event drew more than 3,000 people – in part because the featured speaker was a Grammy-winning rock star.

It was an exciting day for people who had waited years to become citizens, with some extra sparkle thanks to rock star and speaker Dave Matthews, who was born in South Africa and became a citizen in 1980. 

VaNews for 06.10.13

Jun 10, 2013

A Southside Virginia city remembers the day civil rights marchers were attacked by police a half-century ago and a reminder of an invasive fish that’s threatening the Chesapeake Bay. Those are among the most clicked stories of the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A News link on V-PAP-dot-org. Fred Echols reports.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

Charles Krupa/AP via NPR

In the wake of the Boston bombings, many people have praised the work of police, who killed one suspect and arrested a second after conducting a door-to-door search in one part of the city, but here in Virginia a civil liberties watchdog is raising questions. 

The head of the Rutherford Institute says Boston became a police state, and Americans abandoned their constitution.  

VaNews for 03.25.13

Mar 25, 2013

Mysterious fires in eastern Virginia and police cameras that read license plates by the thousands have been in the news lately.

Newspaper stories about both were among the past week’s most clicked on Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link. Fred Echols reports.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

Forty-three localities nationwide, including Newport News, have "banned the box."

That means they have eliminated job applications that ask if a person has been convicted of a felony. 

Some who sit on Richmond City Council want to join those localities. They’re hoping that the measure could eventually be introduced as statewide legislation across the street at the State Capitol.

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