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Southwest Virginia school district is first in state to approve program to arm teachers. Is it legal?

BY: - July 17, 2018

Members of the Lee County School Board voted unanimously last week to buy some teachers guns and have them designated as “conservators of the peace” as part of a new school security program. “We’ve realized we can not afford to put the number of school resource officers in Lee County that we would like to,” […]

Could diversion programs be the answer for Virginia’s high eviction rates?

BY: - July 17, 2018

When it comes to addressing high eviction rates in Virginia, early talks indicate there’s limited common ground between tenant advocates and the apartment industry. A proposal to give tenants 14 days instead of five to pay rent before their landlord can sue to evict them? Firmly opposed, said Patrick McCloud, executive director of the Virginia […]

Invasive giant hogweed, which can burn and blind, was here all along

BY: - July 17, 2018

Giant hogweed’s sap causes third-degree burns. If it gets in your eyes it can blind you. And this summer, there’s been a run of sightings around Virginia. The most recent came last week, when an incoming Virginia Tech freshman who was doing landscaping work in Spotsylvania County was hospitalized with third-degree burns. Alarming, yes. But […]

With hepatitis infections rising, Virginia police agencies resist needle exchanges

BY: - July 17, 2018

It’s been more than a year since Virginia’s legislature opened the door for needle-exchange programs to curb rising hepatitis C infection rates and the potential increase in HIV infections that could follow in the wake of the opioid epidemic. While one program has been approved, none have actually opened anywhere in the state. The reason? […]