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19 Apr 2015

New Law Takes Aim at Puppy Mills

In a crackdown on puppy mills, it will soon be illegal to sell dogs and cats on the side of the road in Virginia.

16 Apr 2015

Assembly rejects McAuliffe’s drone recommendations

The General Assembly has rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s recommendation to give police a freer rein in using unmanned aircraft.

05 Apr 2015

Relatives of 43 Missing Mexican Students Rally in Richmond

Relatives of the 43 missing students rallied in Richmond this weekend, seeking justice for their loved ones and urging the United States to cut off foreign aid to corrupt politicians and law enforcement officials in Mexico.

25 Mar 2015

Governor Orders Training for ABC Agents

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday meant to improve the law enforcement arm of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

26 Feb 2015

Teen Inspires Food Allergy Awareness Law

Food allergies are an unappetizing part of life for 14-year-old Claire Troy and her family. Eating out is a “hassle,” because the Troys never know whether a restaurant will be sensitive to the needs of customers who might be allergic to what is on the menu.

26 Feb 2015

Gov. McAuliffe Signs Medical Marijuana Bills

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law Thursday legislation to decriminalize two medical marijuana derivatives for the treatment of intractable epilepsy.

15 Feb 2015

FAA Proposes Rules on Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday proposed rules governing commercial drone use that would open the airspace to thousands of operators nationwide.

08 Feb 2015

Senate Pops Proposal to Ban Balloon Releases

The Senate has rejected a bill to ban the intentional release of balloons into the atmosphere, which environmentalists say kill turtles, sea birds and other marine animals.

05 Feb 2015

More Crimes May Trigger DNA Collection

The House Courts of Justice Committee voted 11-9 Wednesday to endorse a bill that would bank DNA samples from more misdemeanor convictions, such as stalking and assault and battery.

04 Feb 2015

ACLU Praises Asset Forfeiture Reform

By Morgan White Capital News Service RICHMOND – The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is praising the Virginia House of Delegates for passing a bill that would require a conviction in asset forfeiture cases – curbing what one critic called “policing for profit.”

31 Jan 2015

Virginia bill allowing Uber, Lyft approved

After a yearlong ban, Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-sharing services soon will have a law allowing them to operate legally in Virginia.

26 Jan 2015

Bill Would ‘Ban the Box’ on Job Applications

A Senate committee on Monday narrowly approved a bill that would prohibit state agencies from asking job applicants if they have a criminal history on employment applications.

25 Jan 2015

Health Secretary Urges Medicaid Expansion

Virginia’s secretary of health and human services, William A. Hazel, wants legislators to put aside their political differences and ensure that every resident of the commonwealth has access to affordable health care.

19 Jan 2015

Virginians Hold Dueling Rallies Over Guns

By Kelsey Callahan and Lyndsey Raynor Capital News Service   RICHMOND – Virginians from across the state converged on the Capitol on Monday to voice differing opinions about the commonwealth’s gun laws. Two rallies took place at Capitol Square – one in support of Second Amendment rights, the other to protest gun violence. At each […]

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.

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.

20 Jan 2013

VPA Opposes Moving Public Notices Online

At their annual lobbying day, members of the Virginia Press Association opposed two House bills that would let local governments post their public notices on their websites instead of publishing them in local newspapers.

16 Jan 2013

Cuccinelli Backs Human Trafficking Legislation

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli called human trafficking one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the country. He said Tuesday that Virginia was feeling the effect.

13 Feb 2012

House OK’s Overhaul of Teacher Contracts

TEACHER EVALUATIONS 02/13/12 Mechelle Hankerson: hankersonml@vcu.edu; 757-323-2773 Words: 500 Multimedia: None   House OK’s Overhaul of Teacher Contracts   RICHMOND – After undergoing a dramatic edit last week in committee, a bill to fundamentally change how teachers are hired and evaluated passed the House on a 55-43 vote Monday.   ————————————————————   House OK’s Overhaul […]

16 Jan 2012

CNS Stories for Jan. 9-15

Here are the stories we distributed between Jan. 9 and Jan. 15. Headlines include: “Momentum Builds to Let Schools Open Before Labor Day” … “‘Personhood’ Bill Spurned by Virginia Democrats” … “Hopewell Native Takes Office at State Capitol.”

08 May 2011

CNS Stories for April 11-May 7

Here are the stories we distributed between April 11 and May 7. Headlines include: “Social Services Board Votes Against Gay Adoption” … “Redistricting Could Cost Virginia $10 Million” … “Teachers at ‘Hard to Staff’ Schools May Get Bonuses” … “Library Documenting Rams’ Historic Run.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

28 Feb 2011

CNS Stories for Week 7 (Feb. 21-27)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “State Budget Restores $17 Million for VCU” … “Abortion Regulations Could Close Clinics” … “Heart Attack Death Rates Plummet” … “Lawmakers Honor Football Star, Philanthropist.”

21 Feb 2011

CNS Stories for Week 6 (Feb. 14-20)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Senate Panel Is Immigration Bill Graveyard” … “Teachers Rally for Public School Funding” … “Scholarships Help High School Students SOAR” … “Brunswick Prison May Remain Vacant.”

14 Feb 2011

CNS Stories for Week 5 (Feb. 7-13)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “House to Post Delegates’ Voting Records” … “License Plates Would Memorialize Tech Shootings” … “Get Flu Vaccine, Health Officials Urge” … “Bill Seeks Continuity on Franklin School Board.”

07 Feb 2011

CNS Stories for Week 4 (Jan. 31-Feb. 6)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Generating Interest in Renewable Energy” … “Redistricting Commission Holds First Meeting” … “Bill Mandates Autism Insurance Coverage” … “Southampton Couple Inspires Agriculture Community.”

30 Jan 2011

CNS Stories for Week 3 (Jan. 24-30)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Marijuana Decriminalization Advocates Unfazed” … “Animal Cruelty Bill Sparks Controversy” … “Panel Kills Fines For Not Removing Snow” … “When Can We Ride The Tide?”

23 Jan 2011

CNS Stories for Week 2 (Jan. 17-23)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “House Panel Sacks Plastic Bag Ban” … “Groups Say Energy Projects Generate Jobs” … “First Lady Fights Childhood Obesity” … “Delegate’s Call: Hang Up and Drive.”

17 Jan 2011

CNS Stories for Week 1 (Jan. 10-16)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “House Welcomes Kirk Cox as New Majority Leader” … “Governor: ‘Bob’s Still for Jobs'” … “Lawmakers Target Discrimination Against Gays” … “Bill Would Exempt Firefighters from Jury Duty.”

07 May 2010

Menhaden Aren’t Overfished, Report Says

Atlantic menhaden along the East Coast are not being overfished, according to a report released this week by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. There were enough spawning menhaden in 2008 to produce an adequate amount of eggs for the population to replenish, the report said. But it said there has been a decline in the number of young fish in recent years.

05 Apr 2010

CNS Stories for Week 11 (March 29-April 4)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Obama Allows Oil Drilling Off Virginia Coast” … “McDonnell Extends ‘Pothole Blitz'” … “Autism Insurance Advocates Look to 2011” … “Cuccinelli Says Lawsuit Cost $350” … “VITA Gets New Head, Structure”

28 Mar 2010

CNS Stories for Week 10 (March 22-28)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Virginia Adopts Flag Honoring Fallen Soldiers” … “Concealed Weapons Permits Still Open Records” … “Housing Group Wins Energy Award” … “Assembly OKs Infanticide Bills.”

01 Mar 2010

CNS Stories for Week 7 (Feb. 22-28)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Marshall Demands Apology for ‘Slanderous’ Story” … “House and Senate Negotiate Over Budget” … “Concerns Voiced About Student-Athletes’ Concussions” … “‘Pothole Blitz’ Seeks to Repair Virginia’s Roads.”

21 Feb 2010

CNS Stories for Week 6 (Feb. 15-21)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Legislator: Disabled Kids Are God’s Punishment” … “Schools Might Start Before Labor Day” … “Assembly Opposes Health Insurance Mandate” … “Cuccinelli Challenges Finding on Global Warming.”

14 Feb 2010

CNS Stories for Week 5 (Feb. 8-14)

Here are the

stories we distributed

 over the past week. Headlines include: “Halifax Teen Helps Legislators at Capitol” … “House Votes to Repeal ‘Triggerman Rule'” … “Lawmakers Consider Shortening School Year” … “Senate OK’s Unemployment Benefits Bill.”

07 Feb 2010

CNS Stories for Week 4 (Feb. 1-7)

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stories we distributed

 over the past week. Headlines include: “Delegate Hopes to Repeal Same-Sex Marriage Ban” … “Funding Sought to Fight Online Sexual Predators” … “Waiting for Smoke to Clear on Enforcing the Ban” … “Mentally Ill Would Get ‘New Lease on Life.'”

01 Feb 2010

CNS Stories for Week 3 (Jan. 25-31)

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stories we distributed

 over the past week. Headlines include: “House OK’s Abortion Clinic Regulation” … “Senate Makes Absentee Voting Easier” … “House Panel Rejects Marijuana Bills” … ” Police Protest Proposed Budget Cuts” … “Seat-Belt Bill ‘Clicks’ With Senate.”

25 Jan 2010

CNS Stories for Week 2 (Jan. 18-24)

Here are the stories we distributed 

over the past week. Headlines include: “Delegate Calls for ‘Compassionate, Sensible Drug Policy'” … “School Superintendents Sound ‘Doomsday Budget’ Alarm” … “Proposal Would Privatize State Liquor Stores” … “1,000 Rally For Guns, Against ‘Obamacare.'”

17 Jan 2010

CNS Stories for Week 1 (Jan. 11-17)

Here are the stories we distributed 

over the past week. Headlines include: “Sworn in as Governor, McDonnell Vows to Create Jobs” … “Virginians Unite to Help Haiti After Earthquake” … “Concealed Guns: Right to Privacy vs. Right to Know” … “General Assembly Gathers as Budget Problems Loom.”