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Northam Signs DNA, Teacher License Bills

Governor Ralph Northam has signed several bills into law this week.

Some of the legislation had garnered public attention locally.

The first of these subjects was adding several misdemeanor convictions to the list of people entered into the DNA Database.

Northam signed the bill, which could add between four and seven misdemeanors requiring DNA collection.

State crime statistics indicate that 70 percent of first-time violent crime offenders had a previous misdemeanor conviction.

Northam also signed a bill to remove some obstacles for qualified teachers.

House Bill 1125 allows license reciprocity for teachers with valid out-of-state teaching licenses.

It also allows schools boards and superintendents to waive certain licensure requirements for these people.

Northrop Grumman Lays Off Hundreds

(Metro) Hundreds of Virginians are about to be out of a job as a more than decade old deal with a government contractor is ending.  According to documents filed a week ago, Northrop Grumman is laying off about 350-people at their Chester facility.  Since 2005 the contractor worked to oversee the state’s tech infrastructure.  The…Continue Reading

Johnson Settles With ABC

(Metro) A former University of Virginia student is settling with the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in a lawsuit filed over a controversial arrest.  Martese Johnson was charged with public intoxication and obstruction more than three years ago after he was turned away trying to get into a bar.  He alleged the officer used…Continue Reading

Civil War Limbs Discovered In Manassas

(Metro) Scientists say they have uncovered what appears to be a pit of limbs at the Manassas National Battlefield Park.  One archaeologist believes the human bones were buried by surgeons who performed amputations after the Second Battle of Bull Run in 1862.  A total of eleven limbs were uncovered in the dig.  The next stop…Continue Reading

Kessler Planning Another Rally

Unite the right organizer Jason Kessler has filed a permit for yet another rally, this time in Washington DC. The rally is scheduled for August 11th and 12th, the one-year anniversary of the violent rally in Charlottesville. “The Charlottesville rally is more about the monuments; the one in D.C. is about bringing civil rights abuse…Continue Reading

Rental Company Criticized

CBS Rentals in Charlottesville is under fire from its tenants, who are complaining of mold problems and invasive rental agreements. Tenant Bridget Moran contacted CBS Rentals about a mold problem. She says the company blamed the tenants, saying they were not clean. Moran says the company did nothing about the problem until an independent mold…Continue Reading

Bateux Festival Floats Through Scottsville

The bateaux festival passed through Scottsville Wednesday. Bateaux are long wooden boats used by 19th century tradesmen on the James River to get their good to market. Each year reenactors dress in period clothing and float from Lynchburg to Richmond. Bateaux rider Linda Roberts says they love to stop in Scottsville: “I love what they’ve…Continue Reading

Staunton Juvenile Center Faces Abuse Charges

Abuse charges are being leveled against the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton, after some immigrant children as young as 14ay they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells. The Associated Press reports the abuse claims are detailed in federal court filings…Continue Reading

2018 UR Commencement Speaker: Terry McAuliffe

Former Governor Terry McAuliffe will be the commencement speaker at the University of Richmond in May. McAuliffe left office earlier this year and is often mentioned as a possible Democratic presidential hopeful in 2020. The former governor is currently raising money for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and has said he plans to help elect…Continue Reading