April 2011

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25 Apr 2011

Movies Bring Boffo Benefits to Virginia

For Clint Eastwood fans in Virginia, it was a thrill to hear that his latest film, “J. Edgar,” is set in parts of Fauquier and Fairfax counties. But for those communities, there’s a tangible benefit to playing such a supporting role: They’ll enjoy a financial boost from tourism and other economic spinoffs.

22 Apr 2011

VCU Gives Earth Day the Green Light

Students, faculty and staff crowded the Student Commons Plaza on Friday to celebrate Earth Day. This year marked VCU’s fourth celebration of the international event

22 Apr 2011

The Rowdiest Ram and VCU’s No. 1 Fan

He’s known as “Pav” – short for Pavarotti. He’s a presence at VCU men’s basketball games, home and away. He’s recognizable to fans, players, coaches, media and event staff – well, at least when he has his horns on. Chris Crowley has fulfilled the role as leader of Ram Nation four years after his graduation from the university he loves.

14 Apr 2011

Virginia Debates Adoptions by Gay Couples

Religious and social conservatives are squaring off with gay rights advocates over a proposed state-agency rule that would prohibit adoption agencies in Virginia from discriminating against prospective parents on the basis of sexual orientation.

11 Apr 2011

Fasten Your Bewits for New Falconry Rules

Virginia has overhauled its laws on falconry, once called the sport of kings. Under a bill signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginians who hunt with falcons and hawks will gain legal protections for their birds that previously applied only to hunting dogs.

11 Apr 2011

CNS Stories for Week 13 (April 4-10)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Raise Your Glass, Virginia” … “Law Promoting Sign Language Gets Final OK” … “Assembly Continues Funding for PBS” … “Citizens Decry Gerrymandering in Redistricting.”

10 Apr 2011

Richmond Unveils Slave Trail Markers

Several hundred people gathered Sunday at the site of what was once a slave jail for the unveiling of 17 historical markers documenting Richmond’s harsh past as a center for the slave trade.

10 Apr 2011

Kaine Seeks Young Voters in Senate Race

Senate hopeful Tim Kaine addressed a crowd of nearly 200 at the Virginia Young Democrats’ annual convention on the College of William and Mary campus.

09 Apr 2011

VCU Festival Brings Cultures Together

Monroe Park became a cultural melting pot as dancers, ethnic food vendors and musicians shared aspects of their culture with thousands of people attending Virginia Commonwealth University’s 2011 Intercultural Festival.

09 Apr 2011

CNS’s Radcliffe Wins 1st Place in Contest

For a CNS story that received national attention, Kelsey Radcliffe won first place in breaking news reporting in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2010 Mark of Excellence competition for Region 2. Radcliffe was honored Saturday during the Region 2 SPJ Spring Conference in Norfolk.

08 Apr 2011

Law Promoting Sign Language Gets Final OK

Public high schools, colleges and universities in Virginia must accept American Sign Language toward fulfillment of foreign language requirements under a bill that received final approval by the General Assembly last week.

07 Apr 2011

Lawmakers Uphold Ban on Abortion Coverage

Abortion will not be covered by certain private insurance plans in Virginia after the General Assembly on Wednesday upheld Gov. Bob McDonnell’s amendments to Virginia’s Healthcare Exchange Act.

07 Apr 2011

Assembly Continues Funding for PBS

The state Senate has ensured that Virginians will still ask that age-old question: “Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?” The Senate on Wednesday night overturned Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal to eliminate state funding for public broadcasting over the next two years.

04 Apr 2011

CNS Stories for Week 12 (March 28-April 3)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “$100 Fine for Flicking a Cigarette Butt?” … “CNN’s Ali Velshi Discusses Financial Crisis” … “McDonnell Amends Autism Bill to Mixed Reaction” … “Sales of VCU Swag at All-Time High.”

04 Apr 2011

Citizens Decry Gerrymandering in Redistricting

Community leaders and concerned citizens turned out en masse Monday to protest proposed redistricting maps at the General Assembly’s final public hearing.

03 Apr 2011

Emancipation Day at African Burial Ground

The Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality held an Emancipation Day ceremony at the site of the African Burial Ground in Richmond. The group protested the decision to postpone for a week the unveiling of historical markers for the Richmond Slave Trail.