March 2010

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28 Mar 2010

CNS Stories for Week 10 (March 22-28)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Virginia Adopts Flag Honoring Fallen Soldiers” … “Concealed Weapons Permits Still Open Records” … “Housing Group Wins Energy Award” … “Assembly OKs Infanticide Bills.”

15 Mar 2010

CNS Stories for Week 9 (March 8-15)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Budget Cuts Education, Health Care, Public Safety” … “Group Seeks Ban on Bias Against Gays” … “Universities, Students Respond to Cuccinelli’s Letter” … “Law Lets ATVs Use Highways.”

08 Mar 2010

CNS Stories for Week 8 (March 1-7)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Cuccinelli Says Colleges Can’t Protect Gays” … “‘CHiPs’ Star Helps Fight Child Pornography” … “State Seeks Options for Kids in Foster Care.”

06 Mar 2010

Group Seeks Ban on Bias Against Gays

A bill banning the discrimination of state employees based on sexual orientation was rejected by a House subcommittee last week, leaving one particular advocacy organization outraged. The chief executive officer of Equality Virginia said subcommittee members disregarded public support of Senate Bill 66. He called the decision to reject the bill “outrageous.”

04 Mar 2010

Senate Panel Kills ‘Castle Doctrine’ Bill

A Senate committee has rejected the so-called “castle doctrine” bill, which would have provided immunity from civil prosecution if you used lethal force to defend yourself and your home. The bill was struck down by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on a 9-6 party-line vote Wednesday.

04 Mar 2010

‘Pothole Blitz’ Seeks to Repair Roads

A gap in the state budget isn’t the only hole Virginia officials are trying to fill. They’re also trying to plug potholes that harsh winter weather has left on roads throughout the commonwealth.

Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking Virginians to help the Virginia Department of Transportation in a “Pothole Blitz” aimed at repairing the damage.

Read Samantha Downing’s story here or in the Gainesville Times.

04 Mar 2010

Legislature OKs Tastings in ABC Stores

Virginians soon may be able to try before they buy at their local ABC store. The General Assembly has passed a bill allowing wine and liquor tasting events at the government-run outlets. Read Rebecca Leon’s story on RichmondBizSense.com.

03 Mar 2010

Anti-Hate Rally Draws Crowd of 350

About 350 people rallied at Virginia Commonwealth University to show their support for diversity and to take a stand against discrimination and hate. The rally was a response to protests conducted around Richmond by Westboro Baptist Church members, who are notorious for making inflammatory remarks about gay people, Jews and other groups.

02 Mar 2010

Law Gives Homeowners Flag Display Rights

A bill prohibiting homeowners’ associations from regulating a properly displayed U.S. flag has passed both the General Assembly. A fight over the issue made national headlines recently when a retired Army colonel challenged his homeowners’ association in Henrico County.

01 Mar 2010

CNS Stories for Week 7 (Feb. 22-28)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Marshall Demands Apology for ‘Slanderous’ Story” … “House and Senate Negotiate Over Budget” … “Concerns Voiced About Student-Athletes’ Concussions” … “‘Pothole Blitz’ Seeks to Repair Virginia’s Roads.”