In Virginia, Bob McDonnell's priest says the former governor is hopeful that an appeals court will overturn his conviction for public corruption.
McDonnell was supposed to report to a federal prison a week from Monday. But now that's not happening, thanks to a ruling from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Now those closest to the governor say McDonnell is hoping that ruling is an indication of things to come.
Last week, the Humane Society of the United States released results of an undercover effort at the Natural Bridge Zoo. That group wants the federal government to close the place after several animals died. It’s also asking that the owner be prosecuted for cruelty to animals, but Karl Mogenson insists the zoo did nothing.
The zoo is routinely closed over the winter, but last summer hundreds of people had the chance to see a couple of baby tigers up close.
A coalition of Virginia civil rights and community organizations marched in downtown Richmond over the weekend.
In advance of the General Assembly meeting Tuesday, the march called for several legislative reforms including an independent review board to handle issues of police misconduct and the implementation of police body cameras.
While many in opposition to body cameras site both cost and privacy concerns, the majority of protesters there believed the transparency of cameras would help rebuild trust between communities and law enforcement.
It's a marijuana decriminalization bill - NOT a marijuana legalization bill - that a Northern Virginia lawmaker is fighting for during this General Assembly session. Senator Adam Ebbin contends that there's a significant difference, and the legislation is necessary in order to stop making criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens.
Ebbin says many states have already recognized that criminalization of "a plant" in America has failed, and it's time Virginia recognizes that as well.