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10 May 2011

Law Boosts Sign Language, Deaf Culture

American Sign Language courses may grow in popularity and attract more students from different majors under a new state law. It requires Virginia’s public colleges and universities to accept ASL, which is used by deaf people, as a foreign language credit.

10 May 2011

A Teacher’s Hands-On Life Helping Others

Paige Berry is Virginia Commonwealth University’s sign language teacher in the Rehabilitation Counseling Department. She has worked for VCU for 29 years and dedicates her life to communicating with people who are deaf or deaf and blind.

08 Apr 2011

Law Promoting Sign Language Gets Final OK

Public high schools, colleges and universities in Virginia must accept American Sign Language toward fulfillment of foreign language requirements under a bill that received final approval by the General Assembly last week.

30 Mar 2011

Ram Fans Rally During Send-Off

Despite the rain and cold, Virginia Commonwealth University students rallied today to send their men’s basketball team off to Houston for the Final Four game on Saturday. Read Alyx Duckett’s story and listen to Matt Birch’s audio coverage.

02 Mar 2011

An Extra $5 to Get Driver’s License Reinstated

RICHMOND — If your driver’s license has been suspended more than once, you soon may have to pay an extra $5 to get it restored.

26 Feb 2011

Support for Planned Parenthood

Supporters of Planned Parenthood gathered on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University to voice opposition to abortion-clinic regulations passed by the General Assembly and recent national attacks on the organization.

13 Feb 2011

House Passes Coal Mine Safety Act

A Senate bill that would bring the state’s Coal Mine Safety Act up to current federal law and industry standards has been passed by the House.

05 Feb 2011

Senate OKs Storage Tank Safety Bill

The Senate has unanimously passed a bill setting stricter environmental requirements for above-ground fuel storage tanks at the Fairfax city “tank farm.”

12 Jan 2011

Governor: ‘Bob’s Still for Jobs’

During his State of the Commonwealth Address tonight, Gov. Bob McDonnell said job creation is his top priority for the General Assembly’s 2011 session. “Ensuring that good-paying and rewarding jobs are available for our citizens in every community in this commonwealth is the foremost priority of our administration,” McDonnell told legislators.

12 Jan 2011

Republicans Outline Agenda for Legislative Session

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and other Republican leaders want the General Assembly to cut government spending and foster economic development during the legislative session that begins Wednesday.