Court rules VA school attendance law does not apply to chronic tardiness

Education-News1RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Supreme Court says the state’s compulsory school attendance law doesn’t require parents to get their kids to class on time. In a 5-2 ruling Friday, the court reversed the convictions of a divorced mom in Loudoun County who whose three children were repeatedly tardy. The court’s majority concluded that the compulsory attendance law only requires that children be enrolled. The justices said other provisions of the code deal with truancy. Maureen Anne Blake has custody of her children on Wednesday nights and is responsible for getting them to school on Thursday mornings. They were up to 20 minutes late 10 times over four months. Blake told school officials she and one of the children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and that’s why they were often tardy.

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Final full weekend of the year for Blue Ridge Parkway

Parkway Sign 3This is the last weekend that all Blue Ridge Parkway facilities will be open for the year, and park officials say there is still plenty of colorful fall foliage. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Va. judge: Cellphone pass codes protected

STATE-NEWSVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) _ A judge has ruled that a criminal defendant cannot be forced give authorities the pass code to his cellphone. The Virginian Pilot reports that Virginia Beach Circuit Judge Steven Frucci issued the ruling this week in the case of David Baust, who is charged with trying to strangle his girlfriend. Prosecutors wanted to search Baust’s cellphone for a possible video of the couple’s altercation. Defense attorney James Broccoletti argued that pass codes are protected by the Fifth Amendment, which shields a defendant from self-incrimination. Frucci ruled that authorities can gain access if a phone can be opened with a fingerprint, which is akin to a DNA sample, a writing sample or an actual key. But he said a pass code requires the defendant to divulge knowledge, which is protected.

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Apco: broken crossarm led to Wednesday PM outage

AEP-American-Electric-PowerAppalachian Power says a broken crossarm on a utility pole led to Wednesday afternoon’s outage that left close to 1,600 customers in the dark in Lynchburg and Amherst County. Apco says the problem was centered along Wytne Road near City Stadium and Spring Hill Cemetery. The outage occurred around 3:45 pm.

 

 

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Poll: most Virginians don’t believe CDC on how Ebola is spread

EbolaA new statewide poll shows less than half of Virginians believe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it says the Ebola virus can be spread only by coming in contact with bodily fluids. The Roanoke College poll finds 31% don’t believe that at all, and 24% are unsure. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Roanoke College Poll: Gillespie narrows gap, but Warner still holds double-digit lead

CAMPAIGN-2014From Roanoke College: Republican challenger Ed Gillespie has narrowed the gap, but Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner still holds a 13-point lead (45%-32%) in the Virginia race for U.S. Senate, according to the Roanoke College Poll. Libertarian Robert Sarvis polled at 3 percent. In the generic Congressional ballot, Republicans now hold an insignificant lead over Democrats (41%-39%).  The Roanoke College Poll interviewed 738 likely voters in Virginia between October 20 and October 25 and has a margin of error of +3.6 percent.

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Virginia works to monitor everyone coming here from Ebola-stricken countries

EbolaVirginia health officials are now actively monitoring all travelers arriving in the state from the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. So far, 53 travelers have been identified for monitoring. Health officials say most returning travelers will be considered low-risk. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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State regulators propose changes in long-term care insurance

STATE-NEWSState regulators are proposing revisions to the rules governing long-term care insurance in Virginia. It pays for long-term care that other insurance does not cover after a certain amount of time, including Medicare, things like assisted living, nursing home and Alzheimer’s care. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, such insurance has been subject to significant hikes in policy costs.

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Man who found critical Morgan Harrington evidence hopes its leads now to successful prosecutions

Morgan Harrington

Morgan Harrington

The man who discovered a key piece of evidence that links Morgan Harrington’s murder to a 2005 rape in Fairfax hopes it leads to successful prosecutions. That evidence is Harrington’s t-shirt. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Goodlatte: non-citizens should be denied U.S. entry for 30 days after leaving Ebola-stricken countries

EbolaCongressman Bob Goodlatte wants the Obama administration to implement a 30-day waiting period before a non-citizen can enter the U.S. after leaving one of three Ebola-stricken countries.  Goodlatte calls it a common-sense precaution in efforts to help limit the deadly disease from spreading in our country. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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