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13 May 2011

How Effective Is Virginia’s Smoking Ban?

On Dec. 1, 2009, bars and restaurants across Virginia were ordered to put out their cigarettes or renovate their buildings to accommodate non-smokers. A year and a half later, how effective is the ban?

14 Apr 2011

Virginia Debates Adoptions by Gay Couples

Religious and social conservatives are squaring off with gay rights advocates over a proposed state-agency rule that would prohibit adoption agencies in Virginia from discriminating against prospective parents on the basis of sexual orientation.

13 Mar 2011

Activists Protest Monroe Park Renovation

A group of activists have set up camp in the southwest corner of Monroe Park – complete with sleeping bags, tents and even a couch – to protest the proposed renovation of the park.

23 Jan 2011

Alleghany May Merge With Covington

The Senate is considering a series of bills that would allow Alleghany County and the city of Covington to merge into a new city called Alleghany Highlands. Senate Bills 899, 900 and 901 would let the two localities consolidate and provide a charter for the new city.

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.”