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24 Mar 2015

2015 Legislative Session a Mixed Bag for Immigrants

About 20 state legislators and representatives of advocacy groups have formed the New Americans Caucus to address the needs of undocumented residents and other immigrants.

19 Mar 2015

VCU Protesters Show Support for Beaten U.Va. Studen

Virginia Commonwealth University students marched and staged a die-in Wednesday in solidarity with Martese Johnson, a black University of Virginia student who was injured when Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents arrested him outside a pub in Charlottesville.

10 Mar 2015

Virginia Keeps Boating Safety Law Intact

Boating safety advocates are relieved that the General Assembly defeated a proposal to exempt older Virginians from taking a state-mandated course before operating a motorboat.

13 Feb 2015

Progress (or Lack of) on the ERA in Virginia

A brief history of the Equal Rights Amendment and efforts to ratify it in the Old Dominion

31 Jan 2015

Protect Us Against Floods, Coastal Officials Say

Local, state and military officials from Tidewater want Virginia to participate in a market-based initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – which they said would general $200 million to combat coastal flooding.

30 Jan 2015

Most Virginians Say Bullying Is Serious

Half of Virginians view bullying and harassment as a “very serious problem” at school, and another third think it is “somewhat serious,” according to a statewide poll.

23 Jan 2015

Virginia Infrastructure Earns Grade of C-

Virginia’s bridges, roads and other infrastructure have earned a grade of C-minus from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

16 Jan 2015

2 Bills Target Human Trafficking at General Assembly

Two bills before the General Assembly would impose harsher penalties on people convicted of human trafficking and fund services to help victims of the crime.

14 May 2013

Students Waste Money on Textbooks, Poll Says

Students at VCU and other institutions of higher education in Virginia often end up buying textbooks they never use, according to a survey by Virginia21, an advocacy group for college students and other young adults.

14 May 2013

Students Worry about College Loan Debts

Nearly 75 percent of Virginia Commonwealth University students are unsure of their student loan debt payments upon graduation, according to a survey by Virginia21, an advocacy group for college students.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

06 Feb 2013

Lecture Points to Flaws in Justice System

Because of false information, Marvin Anderson spent 15 years in prison for a rape and other crimes that he did not commit. He recounted his ordeal Tuesday at a Black History Month lecture at VCU.

31 Jan 2013

College Students Lobby for Education Funding

Nearly 100 college students gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday to advocate for affordable, quality education.

30 Jan 2013

VCU Students Lobby During Rams Day on the Hill

VCU students urged state legislators Wednesday to invest in higher education during Rams Day on the Hill, an annual lobbying event at Capitol Square.

26 Jan 2013

Sidebar: In Gun Debate, Legislators Target Mental Health

Virginia’s General Assembly is also focused on preventing campus shootings like the one at Virginia Tech, but gun control is only one segment of the issue.

26 Jan 2013

Vice President Biden Discusses Guns at VCU

Vice President Joe Biden held a round-table discussion about gun violence Friday at Virginia Commonwealth University, saying “we cannot remain silent” on the issue.

25 Jan 2013

Biden Invites VCU into National Discussion

While Virginia Commonwealth University isn’t the center of the gun debate triggered by December’s school shootings in Connecticut, Vice President Joe Biden got VCU’s help Friday in continuing the national dialogue on the matter.

13 Jan 2013

Higher Ed Advocates Focus on Retirement Benefits

While higher education advocates have focused on getting more state funding in recent years, this year, higher education advocates have added retirement benefits to their list of legislative priorities.

18 May 2012

Students Pass on Local Elections

It’s rare for students to vote in large numbers in state and local elections. Some student leaders say the reason isn’t just apathy: They say VCU students are discouraged from voting because they are divided among various election districts – and can’t flex their political muscles by voting as a bloc.

18 May 2012

W&M Student Elected to City Council

If VCU students want a direct voice on the Richmond City Council, they might look east for inspiration – to Williamsburg. In 2010, students from the College of William and Mary elected one of their own to the Williamsburg City Council.

16 May 2012

State to Publish College Employment Rates

Under a new law, state officials will publish online the employment rates and average salaries for graduates from each institution of higher education in Virginia. Prospective students and their parents will be able to see the statistics for each program and type of degree at each school.

08 May 2012

Virginia Ignores Marijuana Reform Proposals

Virginia treats marijuana possession more harshly than many other states, handing down years-long prison sentences to people arrested with small amounts of the substance. Neighboring states have decriminalized marijuana or approved it for medicinal uses, but Virginia legislators this year hardly gave serious consideration to such ideas.

05 May 2012

Obama Kicks Off Campaign with VCU Rally

President Barack Obama kicked off his re-election bid Saturday with a rally at Virginia Commonwealth University, calling the campaign a “make-or-break moment” for the middle class.

05 May 2012

Virginians ‘Fired Up, Ready to Go’ for Obama Campaign

Thousands of Virginians were “fired up” to see Barack and Michelle Obama at the Democratic presidential campaign’s “Ready to Go Rally” on Saturday. Many people who packed Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center on Saturday were college students and local supporters. Others came from across the state.

30 Apr 2012

Governor Signs Six Bills to Combat Cancer

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday ceremonially signed six pieces of legislation that will further cancer-related research, treatment and education.

29 Apr 2012

Legislative Internship Program Is a Capital Idea

At this year’s legislative session, 29 college students from across the state took part in Virginia Capital Semester, an internship program run by Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. The students interned with members of the General Assembly, watching and even shaping how laws are made.

24 Apr 2012

Students Learn There’s No Shortcut to Success

Students at a Richmond elementary school learned about the value of hard work Monday from a trio of Virginia leaders. Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia Commonwealth University basketball coach Shaka Smart and former Navy SEAL John McGuire told fifth-graders at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School that there is no easy path to success.

19 Apr 2012

Child Care Can Cost More Than College

Think tuition is high at VCU? The cost of putting a child in the university’s day care center can be even higher. The VCU Child Development Center charges $820 a month for children 3 and under, and $700 a month for older children. In contrast, tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students total $9,517 this year – which works out to about $793 a month.

04 Apr 2012

Anti-abortion group draws criticism over display

A national anti-abortion group assembled a graphic display to promote its cause Wednesday in VCU’s Commons Plaza.

01 Apr 2012

VCU Rally Seeks Justice in Trayvon Martin Case

Hundreds of citizens gathered at Virginia Commonwealth University last week for a demonstration in honor of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose killing has prompted a national debate over guns and self-defense laws.

08 Mar 2012

No Raise in Minimum Sentence for DUI Manslaughter

Two weeks ago, a vehicle VCU sophomore Carolina Perez was in was struck at the intersection of Second and Canal streets. Perez, who sat at the point of impact in the accident, died later that morning. Varinder “Vick” Chahal, the driver of the other car, had no injuries; neither did his four passengers. Chahal is facing charges of felony manslaughter, driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a blood or breath test.

05 Mar 2012

From Afar, Sen. Warner Talks to VCU Students

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner discussed national and state issues at a town hall meeting with students and faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University last week – without even leaving his Washington office. After an introduction by Dr. Niraj Verma, director of VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Warner appeared on a projector screen in the Student Commons Theater.

28 Jan 2012

Town Hall Meeting for a Ghost Town?

When U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood held a “town hall meeting” at Virginia Commonwealth University to discuss President Obama’s State of the Union address, the turnout implied more of a ghost town than a bustling institution of more 32,000 students.

16 Jan 2012

Professors Lecture Lawmakers on Higher Ed Issues

Led by faculty from VCU, participants in Virginia Higher Education Advocacy Day had six hours to push for more money for higher education, lower tuition for in-state students and greater compensation and benefits for teachers at the state’s public colleges and universities.

12 Jan 2012

First Lady Announces Military Medical Initiative

Speaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday announced a major initiative to increase research on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries for returning veterans.

11 Jan 2012

Fans Flock to See ‘Awesome’ First Lady

The crowd included doctors in white coats and soldiers in fatigues. They were among a few hundred anxious admirers who flocked to see first lady Michelle Obama during her visit to Virginia Commonwealth University on Wednesday.