Violent crime has been dropping for decades, but you wouldn’t know it to judge from what some call ‘the culture of fear’ that surrounds us. Virginia's crime rate has shown the same decline and remains lower than the national average. So why is fear on the rise?
Even though statistics show you’re far more likely to be the victim of an accident than a crime, especially a violent crime, perception of the pervasiveness of crime is on the rise.
The outbreak of ebola in Africa is a nightmare, but for one Virginia man it’s an opportunity to launch the software he’s been working on for ten years – a program he believes could help to prevent future epidemics that begin in poor countries.
While the disappearance of UVa student Hannah Graham is not the reason why Governor McAuliffe has created a Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, the ongoing search for her puts a name and face on the issue of student safety.
The task force chairman, Attorney General Mark Herring, says national statistics on the problem are appalling, and addressing it is long overdue.
Both the Governor and Herring spoke during the first meeting of the task force and emphasized that campus sexual violence must end.
There was a time when a license plate simply identified a car, its owner and, in many cases, if it was on the road legally. But now, with advancing technology, it's much more—and a lot of people don't like it.
Recent published reports indicate that police departments are using license plate scanners without the public’s knowledge—and even when people haven't committed an infraction.
Lawmakers are trying to decide exactly what police departments and other agencies can do with that information.