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Virginia Tackles Skyrocketing Drug Overdoses

Klay Porter, 32, recalls overdosing alone at his aunt's house five years ago from heroin laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. He remembers slipping away and thinking “this is it.” Porter isn’t alone. Opioid overdoses led to more than 9,900 emergency room visits in...

‘Heavy Hand Of Law’ Isn’t Needed In VA Schools, Advocates Say

Virginia schools still rely heavily on law enforcement to discipline students and years of efforts to lessen the practice could be halted with recent legislation, according to juvenile justice advocates and some state lawmakers.  “Sometimes the heavy hand of the...

Virginia Schools Look To Fill Over A Thousand Vacancies

Krysti Albus taught multiple subjects for 20 years and now teaches early childhood special education. She saw many colleagues leave the classroom in the middle of the year for better-paying corporate jobs.  “What we have had to go through to have a net income of...

System-Wide Efforts Needed In Fight Against Human Trafficking

Chirping ducklings at the Restoring Ivy Collective center, a refuge for human trafficking victims, aren’t just cute -- they’re calming. Sex trafficking survivors can drop in at the Washington, D.C.-area center to hang out with animals, bake bread and create art. ...

Virginia Tackles Skyrocketing Drug Overdoses

Klay Porter, 32, recalls overdosing alone at his aunt's house five years ago from heroin laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. He remembers slipping away and thinking “this is it.” Porter isn’t alone. Opioid overdoses led to more than 9,900 emergency room visits in Virginia in 2020, a roughly 30% increase from 2019, according to the...

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‘Heavy Hand Of Law’ Isn’t Needed In VA Schools, Advocates Say

Virginia schools still rely heavily on law enforcement to discipline students and years of efforts to lessen the practice could be halted with recent legislation, according to juvenile justice advocates and some state lawmakers.  “Sometimes the heavy hand of the law is not what’s needed,” said James Fedderman, president of the Virginia...

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Virginia Schools Look To Fill Over A Thousand Vacancies

Krysti Albus taught multiple subjects for 20 years and now teaches early childhood special education. She saw many colleagues leave the classroom in the middle of the year for better-paying corporate jobs.  “What we have had to go through to have a net income of 30-some thousand dollars a year, but to also have the increased expectations...

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System-Wide Efforts Needed In Fight Against Human Trafficking

Chirping ducklings at the Restoring Ivy Collective center, a refuge for human trafficking victims, aren’t just cute -- they’re calming. Sex trafficking survivors can drop in at the Washington, D.C.-area center to hang out with animals, bake bread and create art.  “Therapy animals can be helpful; finding volunteering passions that aren’t...

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