Next week, a federal court will hear the appeal of former Governor Bob McDonnell’s conviction on federal corruption charges. Among the many amicus briefs submitted to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is one by six former Virginia attorneys general. The four Democrats and two Republicans argue that the lower court’s expansive interpretation of law on which his conviction is based is erroneous.
Electronic license plate readers are back in the news in Virginia but this time it's not because they are on police cars. And Norfolk City Council is trying to find a balance between free speech and civility at its meetings.
Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.
In South Sudan, there’s a saying: When Elephants fight, the grass gets trampled. More than fifty years of war has kept the young nation from finding its own footing. But an effort by Virginia Tech aims to plant seeds of change there.
South Sudan won independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011. Much more than the grass was trampled and aid groups came in to help rebuild the region. But lasting change depends on the ability of local people to solve local problems and that means training teachers.
A coalition of nonprofit and advocacy organizations says the General Assembly’s legislative process needs to be more open and clear to the public.
Members of “Transparency Virginia” attended more than three-quarters of the Assembly’s 101 committee and subcommittee meetings during its recent session. They found a less-than-stellar record of adequate notice for meetings, recorded votes, and full consideration of bills.
Human-rights advocates are applauding the passage and benefits of Virginia's first standalone sex trafficking law, which goes into effect this July. They say the new law is long overdue and puts the Commonwealth in step with other states that have passed similar measures. But they also say this should simply start the effort to pass laws that deter sex trafficking-which is the second fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the U.S.