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Va. State Police Superintendent: Staffing Shortage Puts Troopers' Lives At Risk

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As of Jan. 1, Virginia State Police will be down 249 sworn officers. State police superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty says the money is there to pay their salaries, but $52 million in budget cuts since 2006 held up schools to produce new troopers.

Flaherty says the officer shortage means many rural districts don't have any state troopers patrolling overnight -- and troopers in many others cover wide areas without backup.

"When something happens in those jurisdictions, we're responsive rather than being able to be proactive because of the manpower shortages," Flaherty says.

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Friday asked legislators for funding for three new trooper schools over the next two years to replenish the agency's thinning ranks. The General Assembly convenes Jan. 12.

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Nate Parker's Past, His Present, And The Future of 'Birth Of A Nation': Episode 14

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Berkeley's Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption Of Sugary Drinks

According to a new study, the nation's first soda tax succeeded in cutting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there's uncertainty about whether the effect will be permanent.
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Questions About Hillary Clinton’s Newly Uncovered Emails

A federal judge orders a review of nearly fifteen thousand recently discovered Hillary Clinton emails from her time as Secretary of State. A new batch related to the Clinton Foundation was also released. Join us to discuss ongoing questions.

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Instagramming In Black And White? Could Be You're Depressed

Researchers analyzed people's photo galleries on Instagram, then asked about their mental health. People who favored darker, grayer photos and filters were more likely to be depressed.

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