January 2011

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30 Jan 2011

CNS Stories for Week 3 (Jan. 24-30)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Marijuana Decriminalization Advocates Unfazed” … “Animal Cruelty Bill Sparks Controversy” … “Panel Kills Fines For Not Removing Snow” … “When Can We Ride The Tide?”

28 Jan 2011

Panel OKs Crackdown on Illegal Immigrants

On party-line votes in a packed hearing room, a House subcommittee has endorsed a legislative package that Republicans said will curb illegal immigration but opponents said may unfairly punish undocumented residents and promote discrimination.

26 Jan 2011

Shops May Be Taking a Chance

Is it an online gambling operation or a cyber-café? That’s the question surrounding the Internet Shoppees in Amelia Bottom and the Village Square Shopping Center. Law enforcement officials have raided similar businesses in Roanoke, Virginia Beach, Pittsylvania County and Farmville, and state legislators are considering whether to explicitly outlaw such operations.

23 Jan 2011

Alleghany May Merge With Covington

The Senate is considering a series of bills that would allow Alleghany County and the city of Covington to merge into a new city called Alleghany Highlands. Senate Bills 899, 900 and 901 would let the two localities consolidate and provide a charter for the new city.

23 Jan 2011

CNS Stories for Week 2 (Jan. 17-23)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “House Panel Sacks Plastic Bag Ban” … “Groups Say Energy Projects Generate Jobs” … “First Lady Fights Childhood Obesity” … “Delegate’s Call: Hang Up and Drive.”

23 Jan 2011

7 More Groups Endorse Roads Plan

The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors and the Apartment & Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington have endorsed Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan for funding more than $4 billion in road, rail and other transportation projects across the state.

23 Jan 2011

Core of the Problem: Defining Cider

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet; but when it comes to cider, a name’s regional meaning could determine whether the product gets regulated by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

20 Jan 2011

Gay Rights Group Lobbies For Equality

At least 75 members of Equality Virginia, the state’s foremost gay rights organization, gathered Wednesday at the Library of Virginia for the group’s annual Lobby Day. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and heterosexual men and women from all over Virginia participated.

18 Jan 2011

Tech Survivors Rally for Gun Control

Virginia Tech survivor Colin Goddard and others gathered in Richmond this week to share their thoughts about gun violence as “Living for 32” — a documentary about the Tech massacre — was screened at the YWCA.

18 Jan 2011

CNS Radio, in English y en Español

Capital News Service Radio is back for the Spring 2011 semester. This is a joint venture between the CNS class and VCU’s student radio station, WVCW, championed by Lauren Katchuk and Greg Weatherford.

17 Jan 2011

Tea Party Says, ‘Don’t Tread on Me’

More than 100 supporters of the Virginia Tea Party gathered at Capitol Square on Monday to rally for states’ rights and property rights and against illegal immigration and mandatory health care.

17 Jan 2011

Senator Drops Bill To Ease Gun Permit Rule

A state senator on Monday withdrew a bill that would have made it easier for someone with a history of mental problems to obtain a concealed weapon.

17 Jan 2011

CNS Stories for Week 1 (Jan. 10-16)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “House Welcomes Kirk Cox as New Majority Leader” … “Governor: ‘Bob’s Still for Jobs'” … “Lawmakers Target Discrimination Against Gays” … “Bill Would Exempt Firefighters from Jury Duty.”

16 Jan 2011

Lawmakers Target Discrimination Against Gays

At least eight measures in this year’s General Assembly take aim against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

12 Jan 2011

Governor: ‘Bob’s Still for Jobs’

During his State of the Commonwealth Address tonight, Gov. Bob McDonnell said job creation is his top priority for the General Assembly’s 2011 session. “Ensuring that good-paying and rewarding jobs are available for our citizens in every community in this commonwealth is the foremost priority of our administration,” McDonnell told legislators.

12 Jan 2011

Republicans Outline Agenda for Legislative Session

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and other Republican leaders want the General Assembly to cut government spending and foster economic development during the legislative session that begins Wednesday.

12 Jan 2011

House Welcomes New Majority Leader

Delegate Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, dug through the pile of papers on his desk until he found the packet he was looking for. He wanted to review his research one more time before leaving for his party’s caucus meeting. “I’m afraid I’m going to make the wrong motion,” Cox said. “If I move to adjourn the session, then the governor can’t come and make his [State of the Commonwealth] speech. I have to move to recess.”