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Mark D. Obenshain

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  • Promised body cameras could have clarified U.Va. student's arrest

    As state police, elected officials and many other Virginians try to understand how a University of Virginia student wound up on a Charlottesville sidewalk, bloody and prone, one piece of the puzzle is conspicuously absent: Body-camera footage.
  • General Assembly approves tighter ethic rules as session comes to an end

    General Assembly approves tighter ethic rules as session comes to an end
    RICHMOND — After hours of back and forth at the end of a 45-day legislative session, House and Senate negotiators struck a deal on new ethics reforms and brought the 2015 General Assembly session to a close. The new ethics rules would cap gifts...

    Discrimination protection for gay, transgender riders pulled from Virginia bill

     Discrimination protection for gay, transgender riders pulled from Virginia bill
    Deep inside complex legislation to legalize phone-based car services such as Uber and Lyft sat language meant to prohibit drivers from discriminating against gay or transgender riders. The wording, picked up from legislation proposed in states where gay...

    Legislative notebook: Nursing background checks pass Senate

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Senate unanimously approved new fingerprint and background check requirements for nurses Tuesday. Senate Bill 1018 would require state police background checks for nursing applicants starting nest year. Applicants would...

    Crime & Legal Issues: Legislation could expand Virginia's DNA database

    Legislation sponsored by two Virginia lawmakers calls for greatly increasing the number of people who must provide DNA samples to the state upon their convictions. Under current law, everyone convicted of a felony and a very small number of misdemeanors...