Law and Crime

VA Correctional Enterprises
1:51 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Va Prisons Make Plates and Model Workers

VCE Furniture Sample

It’s one of the state’s largest companies, with $50 million in sales each year.  It pays workers less than a dollar an hour, but for every job that opens, ten people apply.  You may never have heard of it, but chances are you own one of its products. 

Virginia Correctional Enterprises makes  license plates for state residents and the State Department in DC.  It also molds model workers like 52-year-old Alexander Parker.

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Law & Crime
5:16 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Social Media & Privacy Issues

A bereaved father is calling on the Governor to sign legislation allowing parents to have access to their deceased minor child’s social media accounts.

Service providers had rebuffed Ricky Rash of Nottoway when he asked them for help after his son died in 2011.  He also hopes the new state law will inspire federal legislation.

Rash has been searching for answers after his son, Eric, committed suicide.  

The 15-year-old honor student planned to attend Virginia Tech and Harvard Law School, and his sudden death stunned everyone.  

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Law & Crime
1:42 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Cigarette Smuggling

Over the last few weeks, Governor McDonnell has been scrutinizing 812 bills sent to him by the General Assembly.  Among them is a package of legislation to penalize “possession with the intent to distribute” a legal product.  Its goal is to stop the traffickers of contraband cigarettes, who’ve made millions of dollars while the Commonwealth loses revenue.

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Law & Crime
11:01 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Bounty Hunter Claims Morgan Harrington's Killer Linked to Kidnapping

The blogosphere is buzzing again about the Morgan Harrington case after a Pennsylvania man claimed he might have evidence linking her murder to the disappearance of a young woman in his state.  Police say they have not made a connection, but Harrington’s parents are still hopeful.

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General Assembly
4:31 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Virginia's Drone Moratorium

The federal government’s role in the use of drones inside the U.S. may be expanding, but state lawmakers have put the brakes on deploying them within Virginia’s borders.  Legislation that’s now under review by Governor McDonnell would place a moratorium on state and local use of drones.  The unmanned aircraft could not be deployed for two years—while parameters and safeguards are studied.

Concerns that drones could violate rights and invade privacy prompted an alliance between the state ACLU and lawmakers to put drone deployments on hold—at least temporarily.  

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