March 2013

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31 Mar 2013

New Law Declares Parental Rights ‘Fundamental’

Starting July 1, parents in Virginia will have “a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care” of their children.

27 Mar 2013

Governor Signs Law Designating Shakespeare Festival

All’s well that ends well, Shakespeare’s own words, as the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at the College of William and Mary will become the official Shakespeare Festival of Virginia starting July 1.

27 Mar 2013

VaHomeschoolers Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Interested and anxious parents and rambunctious and excited students packed the Cultural Arts Center last weekend to share a common interest: home schooling.

26 Mar 2013

Gov. McDonnell Amends Moratorium on Drones

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday proposed amending legislation to put a moratorium on the use of drone technology in Virginia until 2015. McDonnell’s suggested amendments to House Bill 2012 and Senate Bill 1331 would allow for drone research at college and universities and would let law enforcement officials use drones for certain tasks, such as search and rescue.

26 Mar 2013

Governor OKs, Amends School Safety Bills

Gov. Bob McDonnell has approved at least six bills and proposed revisions to at least three others aimed at improving school security and creating a safe campus environment.

26 Mar 2013

‘Siri, How Will the Texting Law Work?’

Virginia drivers should get used to hitting “send” on their phones before they get behind the wheel of their vehicle. Beginning July 1, a new state law will crack down on texting while driving. Gov. Bob McDonnell approved the law Monday but recommended that the General Assembly reduce the proposed fines for violators.

26 Mar 2013

‘Shaka Watch’ Keeps Social Media Guessing

“Shaka Watch” was in full effect after the VCU men’s basketball team lost against Michigan in the NCAA Tournament last weekend. Would Coach Shaka Smart leave VCU? Rumors buzzed all over the web on the possibilites of Smart’s next move.

23 Mar 2013

Governor Signs Law Targeting Synthetic Drugs

Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed into law legislation to expand the list of prohibited chemicals used in making synthetic marijuana and other designer drugs. McDonnell announced Wednesday that he had signed House Bill 1941, which included an emergency clause making it effective immediately.

22 Mar 2013

McDonnell Proclaims Disabilities Awareness Month

Twenty-six years ago, then-President Ronald Reagan issued a national proclamation naming March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This year, Gov. Bob McDonnell made a similar declaration in Virginia.

21 Mar 2013

Not on ‘Daily Show’ (That’s the News)

Last year around this time, Virginia was in the spotlight: Newspapers and talk show hosts, like comedian Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show,” ripped state legislators for passing a bundle of laws targeting abortion. But during the legislative session that ended last month, there was hardly a peep about the issue from members of the General Assembly.

21 Mar 2013

Heads Up, Nats Fans: Here’s Your Home Plate

Washington Nationals fans living in Virginia have something to cheer about even before the Major League Baseball season officially begins: a specialty license plate honoring the team.

20 Mar 2013

Gov. McDonnell Debates Predecessor – Patrick Henry

Gov. Bob McDonnell faced an unusual opponent Tuesday as he debated the role of government with Virginia’s first governor, Patrick Henry, at the historic St. John’s Church for the first “Governors’ Conversation.”

19 Mar 2013

New Rules for Mopeds Down the Road

Moped operators in Virginia would have to wear helmets and eye protection, carry a government-issued photo ID, and title, register and put a license plate on their scooters under a bill waiting to be signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

18 Mar 2013

Live-blog: TEDxRVA: A Tribute to Creativity

CNS reporter Alix Hines will provide live coverage of TEDxRVA, a tribute to all forms of creativity in Richmond.

18 Mar 2013

Robots Compete to Come in FIRST

High school students from Chesterfield, Henrico and Prince William counties and from the cities of Franklin and Martinsville will advance to the FIRST World Robotics Championship after winning a regional competition this past weekend.

17 Mar 2013

Governor’s Mansion Celebrates Bicentennial

The oldest occupied governor’s residence in the United States opened an archaeological exhibit to mark its 200th anniversary.

17 Mar 2013

New Law Will Help Kids Learn to Read

Virginia schools must provide extra help to students in kindergarten and first and second grades who do poorly on diagnostic reading tests, under legislation that Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law in recent weeks.

12 Mar 2013

Nuclear Authority Generates Controversy

Virginia is creating a new agency to support development of nuclear power – a move that has upset environmentalists and open-government advocates, because the entity won’t have to comply with the state’s Freedom of Information Act and other laws.

11 Mar 2013

Tourist Train May Roll in Tazewell

A tourist train soon could be chugging its way through historic and scenic Tazewell County and across the state line to Bramwell, W.Va.

03 Mar 2013

Bicyclists Gear Up for Next Legislative Session

Like a bicyclist who’s taken a tumble but stays in the race, Virginia bicycling advocates say they’ll push on despite disappointments they suffered during the 2013 legislative session.

01 Mar 2013

General Assembly Blocks I-95 Tolls

There will be no tolling on the southern end of Interstate 95 without the General Assembly’s say-so, thanks to approval of the transportation funding bill during the recently concluded legislative session.

01 Mar 2013

What’s in a Name? ‘Official’ Shakespeare Festival

For Gov. Bob McDonnell, the proposition for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at the College of William and Mary is simple: To be or not to be the commonwealth’s official Shakespeare festival.