State Government

Development Rarely Pays
1:32 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The Downside of Development

Every five years, Virginia requires cities and counties to update plans for development – how and where they’ll grow. 

Many communities assume growth is good – and some even offer tax breaks to attract new industries and businesses, but a new report by Charlottesville economist David Shreve and planning consultant Craig Evans suggests that’s not the case if new companies hire people from elsewhere. 

That’s because new residents increase the demand for public services, such as education, road construction and maintenance, public safety, water systems, sewers and so on.

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Law & Crime
4:44 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Writ of Actual Innocence...Explained.

One of the bills that Governor McDonnell has signed into law revises the rules that allow an offender who was wrongly convicted to prove that he’s innocent of the crime. 

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Four Bald Eagles found dead on the Eastern Shore
4:58 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Eagle Investigation

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Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is investigating the mysterious deaths of four bald eagles found on the Eastern Shore.

Like a detective eliminating suspects Dr. Megan Kirchgessner, the vet investigating the deaths said one autopsy shows no smoking gun, literally.

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Law & Crime
5:16 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Social Media & Privacy Issues

A bereaved father is calling on the Governor to sign legislation allowing parents to have access to their deceased minor child’s social media accounts.

Service providers had rebuffed Ricky Rash of Nottoway when he asked them for help after his son died in 2011.  He also hopes the new state law will inspire federal legislation.

Rash has been searching for answers after his son, Eric, committed suicide.  

The 15-year-old honor student planned to attend Virginia Tech and Harvard Law School, and his sudden death stunned everyone.  

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General Assembly
4:36 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Stormwater Regulations

A recent lawsuit that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli won against the EPA over its stormwater regulations has drawn attention to the challenges inherent in curtailing stormwater runoff.  

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