March 2011

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31 Mar 2011

CNN’s Ali Velshi Discusses Financial Crisis

Ali Velshi has a love-hate relationship with Twitter. Though CNN’s chief business correspondent believes he does a good job on his show, he says you wouldn’t know that from the way people talking about him on Twitter. “People call me everything — fat, ugly, stupid, liberal, conservative, everything. You name it, and I’m fascinated by it,” he said.

30 Mar 2011

Ram Fans Rally During Send-Off

Despite the rain and cold, Virginia Commonwealth University students rallied today to send their men’s basketball team off to Houston for the Final Four game on Saturday. Read Alyx Duckett’s story and listen to Matt Birch’s audio coverage.

29 Mar 2011

Restaurants Can Let Customers Bring Wine

Under a new state law, Virginians will be permitted to bring their own wine into a restaurant – if the dining establishment allows. Senate Bill 1292, which takes effect July 1, will allow any ABC-licensed restaurant to permit customers to bring a bottle of wine into the establishment and drink it on the premises.

28 Mar 2011

CNS Stories for Week 11 (March 21-27)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Radiation Levels Not Dangerous, Virginia Officials Say” … “Law Lets Bikes Run Red Lights” … “New License Plates Promote Parks, God” … “Assembly Commends, Celebrates Journalist’s Life.”

27 Mar 2011

New License Plates Promote Parks, God

Want to show your support for the James River Park System? Or tell other people “Don’t Tread on Me”? You’ll soon be able to do that on your license plate.

24 Mar 2011

Will Schools Open Before Labor Day?

Virginia law generally bars schools from opening before Labor Day. But legislation signed last week by Gov. Bob McDonnell chips away at that prohibition – an issue of intense debate during the General Assembly’s recent session.

21 Mar 2011

CNS Stories for Weeks 9-10 (March 8-20)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Keam Sees Success in Legislative Session” … “Redistricting Panel Warns Against Gerrymandering” … “Helsel Takes Oath as New Delegate” … “Anti-Meth Legislation Fails in General Assembly.”

14 Mar 2011

Governor Wants Tourists to ‘Love’ Virginia

Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced the revival of the Virginia is for Lovers television crusade, which has been dormant for almost five years. The slogan, which originated 42 years ago, has been one of the nation’s most successful tourism campaigns.

13 Mar 2011

Activists Protest Monroe Park Renovation

A group of activists have set up camp in the southwest corner of Monroe Park – complete with sleeping bags, tents and even a couch – to protest the proposed renovation of the park.

08 Mar 2011

Virginia Honors ‘Forgotten War’ of 1812

Virginia is gearing up to commemorate the bicentennial of the American War of 1812. The General Assembly has passed legislation to create a heritage trail of war-related historical sites and to establish a special license plate for the war’s bicentennial.

07 Mar 2011

CNS Stories for Week 8 (Feb. 28-March 7)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Bicycle Safety Bill to Come ‘Round Again” … “Embrace Multitasking, Journalist Tells Students” … “Nat Turner Trail Hits Roadblock” … “HOV Ramps Relieve Traffic Congestion.”

07 Mar 2011

Bill Mandates Autism Insurance Coverage

Health insurance plans provided by the state government and other large employers would have to cover services for young children with autism under a bill approved by the House of Delegates.

02 Mar 2011

An Extra $5 to Get Driver’s License Reinstated

RICHMOND — If your driver’s license has been suspended more than once, you soon may have to pay an extra $5 to get it restored.

01 Mar 2011

With Camel, VCU Celebrates Qatar Day

Hundreds of VCU students, faculty and staff members on Tuesday celebrated VCU Qatar Day, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Middle East — and even a camel — on the Student Commons Plaza.