Tag: public safety

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Herring concludes third annual statewide public safety tour

Attorney General Mark Herring wrapped up his public safety tour today with a four mile run with recruits at the Richmond Police Department Training Academy.


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Gov. McAuliffe comments on passage of public safety legislation

Governor Terry McAuliffe issued a statement on the passage of public safety legislation by both chambers of the General Assembly.


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Virginia, National Institute of Corrections lead efforts to improve public safety outcomes

Following the remarkable achievements of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County to improve public safety through the application of proven research in criminal justice decisions, Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) has selected Virginia to participate in Phase V of its Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) Initiative.


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General Assembly passes attorney general’s public safety bills

As the General Assembly adjourned Friday, Attorney General Mark R. Herring highlighted the passage of several bills from his office to address Virginia’s heroin and prescription drug crisis, to protect children, seniors, and survivors of domestic violence, and to promote public safety throughout Virginia.


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Public safety bill from Del. Sam Rasoul passes House

HB 1344, a bill to protect workers by making it clear that Safety Service Patrol employees are included in Virginia’s “move over” law, passed unanimously on Friday.


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Del. Sam Rasoul sppointed to Militia, Police & Public Safety Committee

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has been appointed to the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee by House Speaker William J. Howell.


Ken Plum: Virginia General Assembly session under way

The General Assembly convened for its annual session on January 14. Although the session scheduled to adjourn at the end of February is termed “the short session,” it will have a full agenda of opportunities and challenges.


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Robert Hurt votes to block funding for Obama executive order on immigration

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after the House passage of H.R. 240, the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.


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Sen. Petersen, Del. Anderson propose limits on police data collection, regulation of license plate readers

For the 2015 General Assembly session, Senator Chap Petersen and Delegate Rich Anderson will introduce legislation to regulate License Plate Readers (LPRs) in the Commonwealth, specifically placing limitations on passive data collection and retention by police departments.


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Robert Hurt votes to prevent executive overreach on immigration

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 5759, the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act.


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Virginia State Police reminds motorists to be safe for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, which increases Virginians’ risks of being involved in a serious or deadly traffic crash.


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Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse holds first meeting

The Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse met Wednesday to recommend steps to address a growing epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in Virginia.


State, local responders assist following Wallops Island rocket launch failure

State and local emergency responders on site during tonight’s attempted launch at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility quickly jumped into action to contain the fire.


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Fall wildfire season begins Oct. 15 in Virginia

Daylight is getting shorter; nights are getting cooler. Sure, summer has officially ended, but more importantly, fall wildfire season is here! And officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry want to keep you and your family safe from the ravages of wildfire.


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Newport News gang member convicted of 2008 double murder

Marcus Williams, the enforcer for the “36 Street Bang Squad Bloods” was convicted Thursday for his role in the 2008 murder of two Newport News teens.


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Virginia Police Benevolent Association endorses Ed Gillespie for Senate

The Virginia Police Benevolent Association is endorsing Republican Ed Gillespie for the U.S. Senate.


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Majority of Virginia sheriffs endorse Senator Mark Warner for re-election

Today, the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner announced that a majority of sheriffs in Virginia have endorsed his re-election bid.


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Herring launches heroin, prescription drug abuse strategy

Attorney General Mark Herring today announced a series of initiatives to combat a recent rise in fatal overdoses of heroin and prescription opiates.


McAuliffe announces recipients of 2014 Governor’s Public Service Awards

Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday announced the recipients of the Governor’s Public Service Awards at an Executive Mansion ceremony honoring seven state employees.


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Charlottesville recognized for Governor’s Technology Award

The City of Charlottesville received the Enhanced Situational Awareness Award in the category of Innovative Use of Technology in Local Government during the annual Governor’s Technology Awards.


Virginia reaches temporary agreement to allow safe, regulated operation of Uber and Lyft

Governor Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Wednesday that the Commonwealth of Virginia has reached an agreement with transportation network companies Uber and Lyft that will help ensure the safety of passengers, bring the companies into compliance with Virginia law, provide transparency into their operations, and promote a level playing field for transportation providers.


Former Virginia ABC employee pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

A former Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) employee pleaded guilty today to stealing more than $239,000 in funds that were intended for educational programs to combat underage drinking.


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Five ways to create bobwhite quail habitat: funding available to forest landowners

Bobwhite quail populations have plummeted in recent years due to loss of appropriate habitat, which includes fallow lands, field and forest edges, and brushy, weedy areas.


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Obama Administration releases 2014 National Drug Control Strategy

Today, Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy, released the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy, the Obama Administration’s primary blueprint for drug policy in the United States.


Report: Continued drop in recidivism rate in Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Friday that Virginia’s re-incarceration rate has dropped to 22.8 percent, the state’s lowest rate on record.


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ACLU statement on Supreme Court decision in McCullen v. Coakley

At the ACLU of Virginia, we are often faced with cases, like this one, where it is necessary to protect what appears to be two competing constitutional rights.


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Robert Hurt: Community pushes back against federal overreach

This past week, the people of Lawrenceville and Brunswick County endured a tumultuous encounter with the federal government.


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Robert Hurt statement on proposed illegal immigrant facility

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement following tonight’s public hearing at Brunswick High School on the plans to use the campus of St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville as a detention center for juvenile illegal immigrants.


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Hurt asks HHS to halt plans for juvenile immigrant facility

Congressman Robert Hurt released a statement in response to recent reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is considering using the campus of St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, VA as a detention center for juvenile illegal immigrants.


Additional Emerald Ash Borer found in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park staff has confirmed the existence of additional emerald ash borer beetles (EAB) in the park.


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Terry McAuliffe: Memorial Day statement

As we celebrate Memorial Day with our friends and family, let us honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect this nation and those who continue to risk their lives each and every day to keep our Commonwealth and our country safe.


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Virginia tree used to uncover largest genetic code sequenced to date

Using a Virginia Department of Forestry tree seedling, a team of scientists from across the nation has decoded the genome of a loblolly pine tree. With 22 Billion base pairs, this is the largest genome ever sequenced (in comparison, the human genome has 3 Billion base pairs).


Virginia kicks off Drive to Save Lives

The Drive to Save Lives campaign is a united effort by state police and highway patrol leaders, police chiefs and sheriffs to reduce highway crashes and fatalities.


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Governor signs trio of attorney general’s public safety bills

A trio of bills from Attorney General Mark Herring to protect the public and hold criminals accountable were ceremonially signed today by Governor Terry McAuliffe in front of advocates and sponsors.


Governor McAuliffe announces Railroad Safety and Security Taskforce

Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the creation of the Commonwealth’s Railroad Safety and Security Taskforce. The announcement follows the April 30 derailment of a CSX train carrying crude oil shipped from the Midwest to Yorktown.


Virginia’s new state forester begins work

Bettina K. Ring began work this week as only the seventh State Forester of Virginia in the 100-year-history of the Virginia Department of Forestry. She was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe just four weeks ago.


Ken Plum: Virginia General Assembly leaves unanswered questions

Last Wednesday the 2014 session of the General Assembly adjourned sine die at the end of the Reconvened Session that is called at the conclusion of each regular session to consider amendments to legislation proposed by the Governor and vetoes he made of any bills.


Lt. Gov. Northam battles for Virginia’s National Guard

In preparation for today’s congressional hearing on proposed reductions to the National Guard, Lt. Gov. Ralph Norham sent a letter, in partnership with other lieutenant governors from throughout the country.


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Dickie Bell: Majority oppose expansion of Medicaid

I have listened to the people that I represent, and though they may not all be shouting at a town hall meeting, the majority of folks who have emailed and called my office over the last few months have been against the expansion of Medicaid.


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Attorney General Mark Herring hits 100-day mark

Today marks 100 days since Mark R. Herring was sworn in as Virginia’s 48th Attorney General.