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Casey Anthony Trial Prompts 'Caylee's Law' Bill In Virginia

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As of last week, Virginia had 383 open cases of missing children. While the State Police do maintain the Missing Child Clearinghouse, Virginia does not require police notification when a child disappears.

State Senator Edd Houck (D) has said he will introduce a bill in the General Assembly's 2012 session that requiring such notification. The bill would make it a felony to not alert authorities of a child's disappearance within 24 hours. Some other states with similar laws have stipulated 12 hours.

Crime Commission member and State Senator Janet Howell says age could be a factor.

"It does seem to me that the urgency is greater with a younger child than an older child," says Howell.

The panel will make a recommendation by December.

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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.
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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
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John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.
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When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

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