Law and Crime

Conforming to Federal Mandates
5:02 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Concerns Over Campus Sexual Assault Legislation

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Legislation that addresses campus sexual assaults is already on Governor McAuliffe's desk—but before he signs off, amends, or vetoes anything, he has the input from members of his Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence to consider.

The legislation requires campus employees to report sexual violence allegations to the Title IX  coordinator, who must report the allegation to a review team that meets within 72 hours.  One subcommittee believes that while the legislation is a good first step, there's more work ahead.

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Sunshine Week
12:04 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Shining a Light on VA's Death Row

This week civic groups and nonprofits are taking a closer look at the importance of open government and freedom of information for Sunshine week.  

Sunshine is absent in the death chambers of Virginia, where the public has no access to basic information about how inmates are killed. Policies and procedures outlining the process are concealed from view. Training manuals are closely guarded. Even specific details about how executions are carried out are kept secret. 

"I'm not clear what there is to hide here."

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Law & Crime
4:27 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Cracking Down on Cyber Bullying

Bedford Co. Sheriff Mike Brown with Tammy Garcia

In the future, Virginia will pass laws to help prevent and punish cyber-bullying if the Bedford County Sheriff gets his way. 

Sheriff Mike Brown was shocked by cases of tragic suicides that have followed bullying on the Internet and social media, so he is raising public awareness in the meantime. 

Brown plans to distribute DVDs that educate people about cyber-bullying to every school in the Commonwealth.

The sheriff said cyber-bullying goes on 24 hours a day and usually begins at school.

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Law & Crime
5:18 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Charlottesville Aims Hidden Cameras On Own Workers

Chief Longo urging City Council to approve public surveillance cameras.
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Charlottesville Police have planted as many as a dozen hidden cameras over the past few years – not to watch for criminals but to keep an eye on city employees.

 

When city police identified a suspect in the disappearance of  University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, Chief Tim Longo gave credit to security cameras that keep watch on Charlottesville’s downtown mall, and he recently convinced City Council to consider adding more video surveillance. Now, we've learned that Longo approved training secret cameras on city workers.



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Palcohol Concoction
3:45 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Lawmakers Ban Powdered Alcohol Before it Hits Market

More than half of American adults drink less than once a week or not all, but 10% -- 24 million people – consume an average of 74 drinks a week.  An Arizona man hopes to make it easier for people to imbibe, but even before his product goes to market, Virginia has banned it. 

When entrepreneur Mark Phillips moved from Chicago to Phoenix, he caught the outdoor bug.

“In hiking especially or backpacking, at some point I’d like to enjoy an adult beverage, and so I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there was some kind of powdered mix that you just add water to.”

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