February 2013

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28 Feb 2013

Live-blog: Final 4 Redux: VCU Rams vs. Butler

Capital News Service reporter and sports fan Michael Schuster will be live-blogging the VCU-Butler game, which starts at noon on Saturday at VCU’s Siegel Center. The game is sold out, but you can follow the play-by-play — and submit comments — here.

28 Feb 2013

Schools to Tell Parents about Eating Disorders

Parents of Virginia public school students will be given educational information about eating disorders under a bill passed by the General Assembly.

27 Feb 2013

2 New Specialty License Plates for Virginians

Virginians will soon have two new options for specialty license plates: one for fans of the Washington Nationals baseball team, and the other sporting the words “Peace Begins at Home.”

27 Feb 2013

Capitol Offers Tour with ‘Lincoln’ Theme

The state Capitol is offering “Looking for the Lincolns,” a free guided tour with a behind-the-scenes view of Steven Spielberg’s film, “Lincoln.”

27 Feb 2013

State May Take Over Failing Schools

Gov. Bob McDonnell got what he asked for: a state-run school board to take over failing schools.

24 Feb 2013

Like Kids, Schools Will Get Letter Grades

Students will not be the only ones who may dread showing their grades to parents. Starting in 2014, each Virginia public school will get a letter grade ranging from A to F.

24 Feb 2013

Soldier ‘Fondly Remembered and Greatly Missed’

Army Staff Sgt. Guy “Stan” Hagy, a native of the community of Thompson Valley in Southwest Virginia, will be remembered not only as a tough soldier but also as a jokester who always tried to make people smile.

24 Feb 2013

Senate Approves Transportation Compromise

A divided Virginia Senate on Saturday passed Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signature issue of the 2013 legislative session – a bill to overhaul the state’s system for funding transportation.

23 Feb 2013

General Assembly OKs Budget Amendments

The Virginia General Assembly approved amendments to the state’s two-year budget Saturday that included education initiatives and Medicaid reforms.

23 Feb 2013

Gun Control Advocates Rally at Capitol

Calls for stricter gun laws after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December did not persuade the Virginia General Assembly to pass such legislation during its 2013 session.

22 Feb 2013

Innocence Would Be Easier to Prove

Wrongly convicted felons could have an easier pathway to proving their innocence thanks to passage of a bill amending Virginia’s “21-day rule.”

22 Feb 2013

Last of 6 Public Notice Bills Fails in Senate

A Senate committee voted 10-3 to kill the last bill this legislative session to let public bodies post their official notices on a government website instead of publishing them in a local newspaper

22 Feb 2013

Opposition Grows to Transportation Compromise

Critics of the transportation funding compromise reached by legislative negotiators say the plan would place a huge burden on Virginia taxpayers.

21 Feb 2013

Drivers, Kids Rally for ‘Love the Bus’ Month

School bus drivers and schoolchildren from across Virginia gathered at the state Capitol on Thursday for the second annual “Love the Bus” rally.

21 Feb 2013

Storify: Tracing Cuccinelli’s ‘Line of Defense’

CNS reporter Katherine Johnson curated the social media stream to produce this report about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s new book, “The Last Line of Defense.”

20 Feb 2013

House, Senate Reach Transportation Compromise

Negotiators from both the House and Senate came to an agreement Wednesday on a transportation plan that, if passed, would be the first transportation funding overhaul in Virginia since 1986.

20 Feb 2013

Much at Stake in Virginia as Federal Cuts Loom

If Congress fails to meet its March 1 deadline on reducing the budget deficit, federal spending cuts will automatically take effect. That means Virginia could lose more than 207,000 jobs.

20 Feb 2013

Governor Signs Bill to Extend Peanut Tax

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday approved a bill to extend the 30-cents-per-100-pound excise tax on peanuts until July 1, 2016.

20 Feb 2013

Texting While Driving Bill Goes to Governor

Legislation cracking down on texting while driving is only Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signature away from become law after passing the Senate on Tuesday.

19 Feb 2013

Activists Say Bills Make It Harder to Vote

As if waiting in hour-long lines at the polls this past November wasn’t bad enough, legislation before the General Assembly may make it even harder for some citizens to vote.

17 Feb 2013

House Amends, OKs Soccer Goal Law

The Virginia House of Delegates on Monday passed the Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act with an amendment so that it wouldn’t take effect unless re-enacted by the General Assembly next year.

17 Feb 2013

Ad Asks McDonnell Not to Allow Uranium Mining

A radio advertisement sponsored by organizations opposed to uranium mining in Virginia cautions Gov. Bob McDonnell against using his power to put in place failed legislation by issuing regulations.

17 Feb 2013

Democrats ‘Celebrate’ Release of Cuccinelli’s Book

General Assembly Democrats hosted an unlikely “celebration” of the release of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s “The Last Line of Defense” with a book reading.

17 Feb 2013

Cuccinelli’s Book Says Liberty Is at Risk

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issues a blistering attack on federal policies in his book “The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight for American Liberty.” As the book was released this week, it was promoted as “a must-read for every patriot.”

17 Feb 2013

Officials Celebrate Work on Redskins Training Camp

At a groundbreaking ceremony for the Bon Secours Redskins Training Center, Gov. Bob McDonnell gave a play-by-play of how the facility will boost the economy and create jobs.

15 Feb 2013

Lawmakers Fail to Repeal Gay Marriage Ban

By Amber Galaviz Capital News Service RICHMOND – State officials joined gay rights activists at a press conference on Valentine’s Day to express their disappointment in the failure to repeal Virginia’s constitutional ban against same-sex marriage. “I believe that marriage is about loving, committed couples wanting to make lifelong promises to each other – take […]

15 Feb 2013

Indoor Tanning Bill Killed in Committee

A bill to ban minors 14 and younger from tanning at a tanning salon has been killed for this legislative session.

15 Feb 2013

Panel OKs State Takeover of Poor Schools

A constitutional amendment allowing the state to take over a failing school narrowly survived the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee and is now before the full Senate.

14 Feb 2013

Lawmakers Play Ball to Raise Money for Cancer

State legislators and lobbyists exchanged their suits and ties for T-shirts and shorts and headed from the halls of power to the basketball court to raise money for cancer research.

14 Feb 2013

Senate Committee Kills ‘Tebow Bill’

A Senate committee Thursday shot down the “Tebow bill” aimed at allowing home-schoolers to participate in public schools’ sports and other extracurricular activities.

14 Feb 2013

Conference Panel Will Seek Transportation Compromise

A conference committee of 10 legislators has less than a week and a half to hammer out a compromise between the House and Senate versions of a bill to increase transportation funding in Virginia.

14 Feb 2013

Equality Activists Gather for Valentine Ritual

Dozens of supporters of same-sex marriage came together Thursday to rally support in Virginia for marriage equality. Gay couples from across the state traveled to Richmond to apply for marriage licenses at the John Marshall Courts Building in what has become a Valentine’s Day tradition.

13 Feb 2013

They’ve Got Game at VCU Basketball Classic

State legislators and lobbyists battled it out on the basketball court Tuesday night to benefit Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center.

13 Feb 2013

Senate Panel OKs More Stringent Voter ID

The Senate Privileges and Elections Committee has approved a bill that supporters say would thwart voter fraud but opponents say would make it harder to vote.

13 Feb 2013

Panel Rejects Consecutive Terms for Governor

A House subcommittee has rejected the Senate’s proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Virginia governors to serve two consecutive terms starting in 2017.

13 Feb 2013

Live-blog: ‘Tebow Bill’ Hearing

CNS reporter Paige Baxter will live-blog a Senate Education and Health Committee on a bill to allow home-schoolers to play sports and participate in other extracurricular activities in local public schools.

13 Feb 2013

Storify: An ‘MLK Day Plot’ on Redistricting?

CNS reporter Whitney Spicer curated the social media stream to produce this report about Republicans’ surprise passage of plan to redraw Senate districts on Martin Luther King Day.

12 Feb 2013

Senate Panel Amends Governor’s Transportation Bill

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved an amended version of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding bill, opting to raise the gasoline tax instead of replacing the gas tax with a higher sales tax.

12 Feb 2013

Panel Would Delay Soccer Goal Safety Act

The House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee will consider a proposal to approve, but delay implementation of, a bill seeking to prevent injury or death from falling soccer goals.

12 Feb 2013

Fox-Penning Bill Dies in House Subcommittee

A House subcommittee Tuesday killed a bill that would have made it illegal to hold competitions in which dogs hunt foxes or coyotes in an enclosed area.

12 Feb 2013

VCU Partners with U of Maryland on CNS Coverage

The Capital News Service programs at VCU and the University of Maryland will collaborate by sharing stories and having student journalists work together on issues of regional importance.

12 Feb 2013

No Reparations for Victims of Sterilization Program

Delegate Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, hoped to provide reparations for victims of the state’s eugenics program when he filed House Bill 1529 in January.

11 Feb 2013

Governor Touts Research on Clinical Trials

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday praised the findings of a new study that says clinical trials of new drugs and other medical treatments in Virginia have boosted the state’s economy and created 76,000 jobs over the past 13 years.

11 Feb 2013

Republicans Cite Success on Education Issues

House Republicans celebrated the success of their education reforms in the first half of the General Assembly session at a press conference Monday.

11 Feb 2013

‘Boneta Bill’ Killed in Senate Committee

A Senate committee on Thursday killed the “Boneta bill,” which championed farmers’ rights and would have expanded the definition of agricultural operations.

11 Feb 2013

Bill Would Outlaw Fox Penning

It would be illegal to hold competitions in which dogs hunt foxes or coyotes in an enclosed area under a bill that recently won approval from the Senate and has moved to the House for consideration.

11 Feb 2013

Senate OKs Mammogram Notification Bill

The Senate on Monday unanimously joined the House in passing a bill that requires women to be notified of dense breast tissue in mammogram results.

11 Feb 2013

Legislators, Lobbyists Team Up Against Cancer

State legislators and lobbyists will battle it out on the basketball court Tuesday night to benefit Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center.

11 Feb 2013

Bill Would Block Minors from Tanning

Virginians under age 15 would no longer be able to use indoor tanning salons under legislation moving through the General Assembly.

10 Feb 2013

Bill Would Block Minors from Tanning

Virginians under age 15 would no longer be able to use indoor tanning salons under legislation moving through the General Assembly.