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.
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.
Urban planners in Virginia are trying to make bicycling safer, but they’re hampered by a lack of statistics about who’s riding where.
Alec Gosse rides his bike to work at a Charlottesville company that analyzes data, and this year he was working on a PhD in environmental engineering. Those interests led him to try and solve a problem daunting city planners.
“There was no data for how many bikes were using various roads in the city. It just didn’t exist.”
Without that information, they didn’t know where to make road improvements for cyclists.