Public Safety

Privacy Protection Legislation
1:32 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Information from License Plate Scanners

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.

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Parts 1 and 2
12:39 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

The Changing Culture of Cars

Still of Anne Baxter and Joseph Cotten in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

The automobile has shaped American culture for more than a hundred years. So how will the coming, so called, driverless cars change us?  Or how will we change them? 

There are many questions about how this new mode of transportation would work. Some of them echo questions of an earlier age, the last time we made a transition in personal transportation.  

The 1942 film, “The Magnificent Ambersons” directed by Orson Wells is set in the early 20th century when the new horseless carriage was about to replace the horse as a mode of transit.

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Protecting the Aquifer
4:47 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Public Input on Fracking

State officials met with Tidewater communities this week who are trying to learn as much as they can about potential fracking on 84,000 leased acres close to the Chesapeake Bay.

Some of the sites are at the doorsteps of  George Washington and Robert E. Lee's birthplaces.

The region may have the most stringent regulatory protections and the commitment of two state officials to protect the area's heritage, but that may not last.

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Readying for Emergencies
4:07 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

September is National Preparedness Month

September 1st  marks the start of Preparedness Month in Virginia. Governor Terry McAuliffe says it’s a time to encourage families, business owners and communities to take steps in readying for emergencies.

He’s calling on Virginians to be mindful of tornado warnings, to sign up for text alerts and weather warnings in their localities, and to create an emergency communications plan.

Safety Resources for Virginians:

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Law & Crime
4:54 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

VA Lawmakers in Washington Call for Investigation

Credit AP via NPR

There’s a debate among Virginia lawmakers who serve on the House Judiciary Committee over whether Congress should examine the use of force by police officers in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

The riots and police clashes in Ferguson were sparked by the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown, but that isn’t the only recent incident of police killing an unarmed suspect.

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