13 current and former North Carolina and Virginia law enforcement officers indicted – 11abc

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Virginia values teachers even if N.C. doesn’t – Rocky Mount NC

Conservative pundits such as John Hood of the John Locke Foundation are fond of criticizing the notion that students in states that spend more money on public schools are smarter and better educated as a result of that investment.

Hood, whose column appears regularly in the Rocky Mount Telegram, points to other countries that spend less on average per student, but whose kids score higher on standardized tests, when compared to the United States.

Hood’s argument does little to boost the morale of North Carolina teachers, most of whom haven’t seen a pay increase in five years. But Virginia educators certainly know how to get the attention of our classroom instructors. (Source: Read more)

Va. data show drop in criminal firepower during assault gun ban – Source: The Washington Post

The number of guns with high-capacity magazines seized by Virginia police dropped during a decade-long federal prohibition on assault weapons, but the rate has rebounded sharply since the ban was lifted in late 2004, according to a Washington Post analysis.

More than 15,000 guns equipped with high-capacity magazines – defined under the lapsed federal law as holding 11 or more bullets – have been seized by Virginia police in a wide range of investigations since 1993, the data show. (Read more)