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4:57 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Mental Health Services in the Spotlight

A community mental health organization is in the spotlight, after this week's attack on State Senator Creigh Deeds and the apparent suicide of his son. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch said Gus Deeds had undergone a psychiatric evaluation Monday, but he was not admitted for in-patient care, because no hospitals in the area had psychiatric beds available.

But several facilities in the region report that they could have admitted Gus Deeds.

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Law & Crime
4:51 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Creigh Deeds' Well Wishers turn to Music-and Twitter

State Senator Creigh Deeds is one lawmaker who frequently updates his Facebook and Twitter accounts with what music he’s listening to.  Well wishers are now using music to send him messages of love and support.

While campaigning for Governor in 2009, Creigh Deeds tweeted he was listening to the likes of Merle Haggard, U2, and Talking Heads.  But now, while recovering at UVA Medical Center from stab wounds in an assault at his home, he can see what his friends and followers are listening to in his honor.  It all started with Candace Bryan Abbey, a friend of the Deeds’ family.

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Law & Crime
9:35 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Attorney General Argues for Montgomery's Innocence

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It would be true justice for a state appeals court to declare Johnathon Montgomery innocent of the crimes of which he was convicted. That’s the argument of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who today appeared before the  Virginia Court of  Appeals to urge approval of a Writ of Actual Innocence for Montgomery.  The panel weighed questions of justice versus executive and judicial separation of powers.

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Questions Unanswered
9:10 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Liberty University Student Shot and Killed

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A Liberty University freshman is dead after an apparent altercation with a university Emergency Services Officer yesterday in Lynchburg.
 

According to university officials, 19-year-old Josh Hathaway, of Lubbock, Texas died from a gunshot wound, after attacking  a university security officer yesterday morning at an off-campus, female-only residential hall.

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Mental Health Services in Question
8:44 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Senator's Son: A Lack of Adequate Mental Health Services?

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State Senator Creigh Deeds is recovering after being stabbed at his Bath County home yesterday, evidently by his 24-year-old son.  The attack and subsequent apparent suicide by Gus Deeds have raised new concerns about whether Virginia provides adequate mental health services.  We have more on Gus Deeds’ case and what experts hope will happen next.

Gus Deeds had been assessed by mental health professionals who hoped to hospitalize him, but no psychiatric beds could be found in all of Western Virginia, so he was sent home.

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