April 2013

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30 Apr 2013

Women Still Lag in Virginia Politics

Just 19 out of 100 Virginia House members are women – a far cry from parity in a state where 50.9 percent of the population is female. Underrepresentation is even worse in the 40-member Virginia Senate, where women hold six seats – just 15 percent.

30 Apr 2013

Timeline of Women in Virginia Politics

Here is a timeline tracing women’s involvement in politics in Virginia.

30 Apr 2013

Women Underrepresented in Virginia General Assembly

The number of women in the Virginia General Assembly has risen steadily over the years. Even so, women still are vastly underrepresented among state legislators.

30 Apr 2013

Gender Breakdown of Each State’s Legislature

Of Virginia’s 140 state legislators, 25 — or 17.9 percent — are women. Thirty-seven states have a higher proportion of female lawmakers.

30 Apr 2013

‘City of Monuments’ No Longer a Man’s World

State officials are raising money to build a monument celebrating the achievements of Virginia women on the grounds of the state Capitol.

30 Apr 2013

Men of Granite: Statues at State Capitol

Almost all of the statues at the state Capitol depict men. No wonder there’s a movement to install a monument honoring achievements by Virginia women.

27 Apr 2013

5 Virginia Teams Soar to Rocketry Finals

Five teams of students from three Northern Virginia schools will compete for more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes in the finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocket competition, on May 11.

26 Apr 2013

Richmond to Host World Cycling Championship

The World Road Cycling Championships, one of the most prestigious international competitions for bicyclists, is coming to Richmond in two years, giving a healthy boost to the city’s image and tourist industry.

25 Apr 2013

Virginia Educators Begin Leadership Training

With a new law mandating that school administrators be evaluated every year, a national organization has started training school leaders in Virginia to improve school climate, teacher effectiveness and student outcomes.

25 Apr 2013

Law Against Texting Will Save Lives, Group Says

A new state law to stiffen penalties for Virginians caught texting while driving will save countless lives, the head of a nonprofit driving safety organization says.

25 Apr 2013

Program Seeks to Boost Reading in Richmond Schools

After Dallas Public Schools initiated a successful program getting about 93,000 students to read about 1 million books, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a partnership with Richmond Public Schools to encourage second-graders to read.

23 Apr 2013

Poor Pay More to Fund Roads, Report Says

Virginia’s multibillion-dollar transportation funding package will put a heavier burden on lower-income households than on more affluent families, according to a Richmond-based think tank.

19 Apr 2013

Democrats Slam Republicans Over Corporate Ties

The spotlight continues to stay on Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli over their dealings with Star Scientific Inc., which has been accused of trying to curry favor with state officials.

19 Apr 2013

Storify: Boston Marathon: The Manhunt

Americans woke up this morning to headlines saying one of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects was shot by police and that the other one was still on the run.

16 Apr 2013

Youth Commission Targets ‘Family Fragmentation’

The Virginia Commission on Youth gathered at the Capitol this month to discuss how to prevent the “fragmentation of families” by encouraging parents to stay together in raising their children in Richmond and across the commonwealth.

12 Apr 2013

Board OKs Strict Rules for Abortion Clinics

The Virginia Board of Health voted Friday to require abortion clinics to meet hospital building-code standards – rules that abortion rights activists said would force many of the state’s 20 clinics to close.

08 Apr 2013

New Law Cracks Down on Bullying in Schools

Beginning in July 2014, each school board in Virginia must include in its student code of conduct a prohibition against bullying, including cyberbullying. Moreover, school divisions must educate teachers and other employees about bullying and “the need to create a bully-free environment.

07 Apr 2013

Storify: Virginians react to Star Scientific case

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced Friday that he will be appointing outside counsel to the Star Scientific case.

06 Apr 2013

Pawnshops to Require More ID from Sellers

To curb the sale of stolen property, pawnshops soon will keep a photo of people who sell the stores items. And pawnbrokers will be prohibited from receiving or re-selling goods if the original serial number has been altered or changed in some way.

03 Apr 2013

Assembly Approves Anti-abortion Amendment

The General Assembly on Wednesday narrowly approved an amendment by Gov. Bob McDonnell that will prohibit certain health insurance companies in Virginia from providing coverage for women seeking an abortion.

03 Apr 2013

Tourist Train Stopped Dead in its Tracks

The Senate on Wednesday upheld Gov. Bob McDonnell’s veto of legislation to boost efforts to establish a tourist train between Tazewell County and Bramwell, W.Va.

03 Apr 2013

Pepper Spray Day Catches Students’ Eyes

In a demonstration that made everybody wince, VCU students on Tuesday saw VCU Police Department recruits get sprayed in the face with pepper spray as part of a training exercise.

03 Apr 2013

Sen. Blevins Announces Retirement

Sen. Harry Blevins, R-Chesapeake, announced his retirement Wednesday from the state Senate after serving 14 years in the Virginia General Assembly.