WAMU 88.5 : News

Va. Student Safety Bills Signed Into Law

Play associated audio

The bills range from restrictions on obscene texting to mandating a survey that identifies substance abuse risk factors among students.

Governor Bob McDonnell signed the bills surrounded by school children, educators, and parents. Delegate Rob Bell said lawmakers work every year to close loopholes and enhance safety.

"One is, just that technology moves on," he says. "When we were coming up, kids left obscene phone calls with each other, now they use texting, it's just as threatening, it's just as scary, so we need to make the technology change to keep up."

His second bill makes it illegal for sex offenders to operate or ride on school buses. Two others that were signed increase penalties for drivers who pass stopped school buses, and permit localities to install video cameras on the buses.

Delegate Scott Garrett's bill bans synthetic marijuana and bath salts being abused as substances.

"There are documented cases of very serious medical consequences to these chemicals, anywhere from nausea and vomiting to paranoia, agitation and seizure disorders," Garrett says.

The synthetic marijuana law has already taken effect. The others will be effective July 1st.

NPR

Professional Wrestling World Mourns Longtime Star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

The Canadian entered the WWF as a villain and fought Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the first Wrestlemania event. The career gave the often-bekilted grappler many chances to show off his bagpipe skills.
WAMU 88.5

Donald Trump Sues Chef José Andrés Over Hotel Pullout

Trump has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Chef José Andrés and his companies after Andrés announced that he's canceling plans to have a restaurant inside Trump's Old Post Office hotel in downtown D.C.
NPR

Pacific Trade Pact In Limbo As Talks End Without A Deal

Disagreements remain among the 12 countries regarding drug patents, market access and more, and likely will delay congressional debate of any eventual agreement into 2016.
NPR

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.