Law and Crime

Campus Discussion on Immigration
4:00 am
Wed September 25, 2013

9500 Liberty

The United States has been called a ‘land of immigrants” and some say the debate about immigration reflects the very core of our identity as Americans.

The immigration reform bill, passed by the US Senate in June, appears stalled in Congress. 

A film called, 9500 Liberty documented the reaction in Prince William County, Virginia, when an Arizona-style immigration ordinance was implemented there several years ago.

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Law & Crime
7:57 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Lawmakers May Review Access Given to Military Contractors

In the wake of this week’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, some Virginia lawmakers are renewing their push for new gun control measures. While that effort is unlikely to go anywhere, there seems to be bipartisan agreement the Pentagon needs to review the access it grants contractors.

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VA Tech Shootings
6:28 am
Fri September 13, 2013

VA Tech Victim Families Still Seeking Closure

Credit Virginia Tech

Thirty-two sets of families are still dealing with the losses they experienced six years ago due to the Virginia Tech shootings.  And while they have tried to heal in their own ways, two still believe there's an injustice that must be righted. It's why they appeared at the Virginia Supreme Court, where they also heard state attorneys argue why a ruling holding Tech responsible for the massacre should be overturned.

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Business & Industry
7:02 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Methane Gas Royalties In Question

Credit uk.reuters.com

Thousands of property owners in South Western Virginia say they were cheated out of royalties for methane gas extracted from their land. A federal judge will consider a recommendation this week on whether their cases can move forward as a class action lawsuit. 

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Law & Crime
11:03 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Progress Made in Fighting Human Trafficking

The Polaris Project is an organization active in the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. and globally.

Pushing for stronger state laws, they rank states on their efforts fight trafficking. Virginia once had a poor score but that has changed.

Three years ago, Polaris Project ranked Virginia at "tier 4"—its lowest ranking—for efforts to fight human trafficking.

Since then, lawmakers have increased penalties, provided more tools to help law enforcement identify and track such cases, and backed awareness campaigns.

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