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In 2014, almost 1,000 people died from opiate overdose in Virginia -- and that number is trending upwards, not down. A state task force created a number of proposals to help stem the epidemic, and Governor Terry McAuliffe signed three of those measures into law today. The primary goal? To help prevent addicts from acquiring drugs.

Fairfax County School Board

Virginia’s largest school system may also be its most secretive. Leaders at the Fairfax County School system have a history of redacting information from financial disclosure forms of School Board members. A new opinion from the Virginia attorney general says they should hand over the information.

Associated Press

Major corporations across the country are increasingly adding language to contracts to prevent lawsuits, a controversial practice that is coming under increased scrutiny. The provisions, known as “forced arbitration clauses,” apply to everything from getting a credit card to accepting a job offer. And now one Virginia lawmaker says these provisions should be outlawed.

Did the Obama administration go too far when it directed the nation's schools to let transgender students use bathrooms of their choice? The Gloucester County School board is asking the United States Supreme Court to consider their appeal of a fourth circuit ruling allowing a transgender student to use the boys bathroom.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s controversial executive order restoring rights to nonviolent felons may be having some unintended consequences in the court system.

Much of the attention on the governor’s executive order has focused on the right to vote. But another right that’s restored is the right to serve on a jury. That’s already prompted two criminal defense attorneys to make inquiries about whether any potential jurors have criminal records, possibly adding former felons to juries because they might be more sympathetic.

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