Public Safety

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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UVA Research
8:35 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Big Data & Bike Safety

Alec Gosse
Credit Fariss Samarrai

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.

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Crime in the Digital Age
4:13 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Public Safety Legislation

Over the last several weeks, Governor McAuliffe has had the daunting task of reviewing 834 bills that were passed and sent to him by the General Assembly.

One stack of legislation on his desk addresses public safety concerns, including creating a new crime for a vindictive act that’s peculiar to the digital age: “revenge porn.”

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