Congressman Bob Goodlatte is likely to take on an increasing national role at the forefront of the immigration debate, now that President Obama plans to announce executive action tonight expected to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. Goodlatte chairs the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees immigration laws. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
There’s a new way for Bedford County residents to get rid of unwanted, unused or expired medications any time of the day or week. It’s a red and white collection box in the front lobby of the sheriff’s office. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
Senator Tim Kaine says Congress is abdicating its constitutional duty — and President Obama is overstepping his — in the current military mission against the Islamic State. Kaine wants Congress to vote before the holidays on whether to authorize continued military force. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies from around the state gather today in Blacksburg in efforts to combat animal fighting in Virginia. Attorney General Mark Herring says these illegal activities frequently lead to others, including assaults and drug and firearms violations. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
Virginia’s voter photo-ID law is rolled out statewide tomorrow for the first time, and the American Civil Liberties Union plans to monitor the way it is enforced. The law requires you to present any one of several photo-ID’s in order for your vote to be immediately counted. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
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RICHMOND, 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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VIRGINIA 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.