Law and Crime

Lobbying Rules
11:30 am
Wed February 26, 2014

McAuliffe Appointee Target of Investigation

Maurice Jones
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Virginia's House of Delegates has postponed a vote to confirm one of Governor McAuliffe's cabinet nominees … following published reports that he may have broken the law.  

Federal investigators are now looking into allegations that Commerce and Trade Secretary-designee Maurice Jones lobbied Congress while he was Deputy Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development. 

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Government & Politics
9:15 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Felon Voting Rights Still a Work In Progress

Many federal lawmakers are echoing Attorney General Eric Holder’s call to restore voting rights to felons in Virginia. 

In a couple states felons can vote while in prison. In many right after they leave the gates their voting rights are restored. Not in Virginia.

The commonwealth is one of just a handful of states that doesn’t restore voting rights upon being released from prison or completing probation or parole, which Attorney General Holder says is unjust.

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General Assembly
4:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Human Trafficking Legislation Moves Forward

While not all bills to crack down on human trafficking in Virginia have survived the halfway point in the General Assembly, lawmakers believe they've made progress in battling what's now considered one of the fastest—if not the fastest—growing financial crime worldwide.

They have agreed that this is not a partisan issue.  Lawmakers were able to work across both chambers and party lines to develop new guidelines to assist victims and law enforcement officials. 

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Investigation Continues
1:34 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Three Charged in Death of VT Student

Jessica Ewing & Keifer Brown
Credit Blacksburg Police Department

Jessica Ewing, a student at Virginia Tech, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Samanata Shrestha, of Vienna, VA. 

Ewing is now at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

Recent Tech graduate Keifer Kyle Brown is facing charges that he was an accessory after the fact. He's being held at the Montgomery County Jail.

Police have also charged 23-year-old Michael Christian Heller, a Blacksburg resident, with being an accessory after the fact.  He's been released on bond.

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Law & Crime
8:29 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Education Leaders Discuss Sexual Misconduct Issues

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It’s been nearly three years since the federal government issued legal guidelines for universities facing an epidemic of sexual misconduct on campus.  This week, the of Virginia hosts the first conference of its kind – a two-day program for college presidents and other administrators struggling to understand and manage students in the age of hooking up. 

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