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12 May 2010

Movement to Reform Marijuana Laws Grows

To many young people, smoking pot isn’t a big deal – hardly a crime to merit hard time in prison. But law enforcement authorities take marijuana possession seriously: Over the past 20 years, the number of marijuana arrests nationwide has nearly tripled – to more than 870,000 in 2007.

08 Mar 2010

CNS Stories for Week 8 (March 1-7)

Here are the stories we distributed over the past week. Headlines include: “Cuccinelli Says Colleges Can’t Protect Gays” … “‘CHiPs’ Star Helps Fight Child Pornography” … “State Seeks Options for Kids in Foster Care.”

06 Mar 2010

Group Seeks Ban on Bias Against Gays

A bill banning the discrimination of state employees based on sexual orientation was rejected by a House subcommittee last week, leaving one particular advocacy organization outraged. The chief executive officer of Equality Virginia said subcommittee members disregarded public support of Senate Bill 66. He called the decision to reject the bill “outrageous.”

27 Feb 2010

House and Senate Negotiate Over Budget

House and Senate negotiators next week will try to work out the differences in the state budgets passed by their respective chambers to close a $4 billion shortfall.

The House of Delegates and the Senate approved their budget bills on Thursday. The Democrat-led Senate passed its budget on a 30-10 vote, with the support of nine Republicans. The Republican-led House approved its budget on a 61-38 vote, with no Democrats supporting it.

17 Jan 2010

Slideshow: Gov. McDonnell’s Inauguration

Here is a selection of Robin Hertel’s photos from the Jan. 16 inauguration of Gov. Bob McDonnell.

16 Jan 2010

Slideshow: Gov. McDonnell’s Inauguration

Here is a slideshow of Robin Hertel’s photos from the Jan. 16 inauguration of Gov. Bob McDonnell.