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Virginia Defendant Could be First to Die Under Fetus-Mother Death Law:  Bill McKelway of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Gregory L. Nelson Jr., 27, could be the first to be executed under a 2004 Virginia law that allows imposition of the death penalty for the murder of an expectant mother and her fetus.  A grand jury handed down an indictment yesterday charging him with the capital murder of 24-year-old Susana Cisneros, who was found slashed to death outside a restaurant where she and Nelson had worked.  Cisneros was pregnant at the time and had told family members that Nelson was the father, though the prosecutors says this fact that has not yet been confirmed.

How Do You Dismantle A Meth Lab?:  Daniel Potter of NPR has this so-titled piece on states' efforts to handle the dangerous and costly process of dismantling methamphetamine-cooking labs.  Tennessee, which leads the nation with more than 2,000 meth lab busts last year, reportedly paid $4.5 million last year to certified contractors to neutralize and haul away the poisonous materials used in the meth-cooking process.  The federal government funded these cleanups until budget cuts this spring, leaving law enforcement officials worried that smaller counties will not report meth labs to avoid the $2,000-$3,000 per lab cleanup bill.

Border Issues Not Confined to Border:  John MacCormack of the San Antonio Express-News has this story about the fight against illegal immigration in rural Brooks County, Texas.  Sheriff deputies several times a week encounter groups of illegal immigrants sneaking through towns and ranches in the county, and more than 100 bodies have been found lost or abandoned by smugglers in the brush since 2009.  Though several hundred Border Patrol agents work in the county, much of the burden falls to local agencies.  And because the county is not considered a "border county," it does not receive federal aid.  "It's not our problem, but it's become our job,"  said Brooks County Sheriff investigator Daniel Davila.

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