Archive for February 2011

Mothers Will Get Baby’s DNA Sample

Virginia hospitals will have to offer new mothers a take-home DNA sample from their baby under a bill approved at the request of the forensic sleuth who inspired the fictional crime fighter, Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

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Rally Supports Wisconsin Workers

Several hundred Virginians rallied on the Capitol lawn in support of public employees in Wisconsin, who may lose their collective bargaining rights under legislation proposed by that state’s governor, Scott Walker.

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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.

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Tribute to Unwitting Medical Contributor

Members of the Virginia General Assembly honored Henrietta Lacks’ memory and presented her family with a resolution highlighting “her amazing legacy, which has altered medical research and care and relieved the suffering of untold millions.”

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New Law Targets Cyberbullying

Think before you text: A bill would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor to use a cellular telephone or other wireless device to transmit a text message that contains “profane, threatening, or indecent language.”

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Kids Hook Assembly Into Honoring Fish

Michele Ferrel’s fourth-grade class made history Tuesday, turning their class project to make the striped bass the state saltwater fish a reality. The House of Delegates, in an 80-16 vote, passed Senate Bill 940, which designates the striped bass as the state saltwater fish.

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