Law and Crime

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Police agencies in Virginia get most of their money from local governments. But in recent years, they’ve been increasingly tapping another source of cash - seizing it directly from people they suspect of wrongdoing. The program, known as civil asset forfeiture, has become increasingly controversial in recent years. And now, efforts are moving forward at the state and national level to reform the program.

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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.

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