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April’s Heat Brings Pollen for Richmond

By Kyle Horan
VCU InSight

April has seen near record high levels for pollen in Richmond. The pollen levels from oak and pine trees peaked at 3700 in early April, the highest it has been since 1998. This pollen is responsible for the yellow haze that can be seen on cars and on road or sidewalk.

“It’s really around April that we see everything bloom quite a bit, again oak and pine is really what you’re going to have the worst problems with and a lot of allergy sufferers really battle the oak and the pine,” WRIC-TV’s Meteorologist, Jason Myers, Said.

The high heat contributed with a lack of rain to help create the conditions for the excess pollen. However, Myers said that having a lot of pollen around this time of year is not uncommon.

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State Budget Cuts Affect MCV and Medicaid Recipients

By Chandelis Duster, Phil Karstetter, and David Preut
VCU InSight

Richmond, VA –Tough times are about to get a little tougher for state-funded services, as almost $4 billion in state spending has been cut out of the budget for the next two fiscal years.

Of that $4 billion, $800 million will be cut from healthcare funding resulting in less state spending on medicaid and academic hospitals like MCV.

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Richmond Tends ‘Urban Forest’

By Kyle Horan and Juliette Delp
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, VA – Richmond is undergoing some serious changes in it’s landscape. American and Winged Elm trees are posing a danger by being too close to the city’s power lines and need to be replaced.

Luke McCall, an arborist with Richmond’s Urban Forestry Division, says the program is not only about removing the hazardous trees but encourages community members to be aware of their environment.

“This program is about education and about elevating people awareness about getting the right tree in the right place and getting proper tree underneath power lines so that they don’t present a safety or maintenance problems, which some of these trees do,” McCall said.


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Radio Stations Say Perfomance Royalty Could Cost Jobs

By Stormy Holt and Chandelis Duster
VCU InSight

The issue of fair play for air play has been causing some controversy on Capitol Hill between the recording industry and radio broadcasters.

The Performance Rights Act is a new bill in Congress that if passed would make radio stations pay performers, not just song writers, when their music is played over the air. The amount the radio stations will pay will be based off of their annual revenue.

Radio stations have been paying royalties to songwriters for years. The National Association of Broadcasters opposes the bill.  Reggie Baker, Program Director and on-air host for Praise 104.7,  says if the bill goes into effect it will lead to job loss.

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Commonwealth ‘Pothole Blitz” A Success

By David Preut
VCU InSight

March was pothole “blitz” month in Virginia after Gov. Bob McDonnell ordered the Virginia Department of Transportation to focus on repairing the thousands of potholes pocketing the Commonwealth’s roads.

A record-setting winter left Virginia’s roadways in particularly bad shape this spring. After the first few weeks, V-DOT reported having repaired more than 43,000 potholes statewide, with over 4,000 fixed in Richmond alone.

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Richmond Searches for Missing VCU Student

By Juliette Delp and Curt Dozier
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va – Word that a British exchange student went missing spread fast around VCU and the Richmond community. Now, weeks later, there are still no answers.

Jonny Dorey, a 22-year old geography student, was last seen March 2nd.

With only a thousand VCU students being international, few can identify with the culture shock. But, Andrew Shipley, senior Health and Physical Education major, can relate to Dorey.

Shipley left his hometown in England to come to VCU in 2007.

“It was pretty hard since I…first time I had actually really been away from my family, like all my family was in England and there’s me, I’m by myself, taking everything in,” said Shipley.

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VCU Sports Dir. Talks About New Cary St. Gym

By Kyle Horan
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–During an in-studio interview VCU’s Director of Recreational Sports, Tom Diehl, spoke with VCU InSight about the newly renovated Cary. St. Gym on the VCU Monroe Park Campus.

While there have been a few bugs after the opening, Diehl says that things are running smoothly.

Diehl says new programs and fitness groups will be starting soon so the students can schedule their workouts for group activities. Group cycling, yoga, and even dance classes are available for members to use and get in shape. Gym memberships can be purchased by faculty and alumni, but the gym is free for students.



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VCU Welcomes New School of Business Dean

By Chandelis Duster
VCU InSight

Richmond, Va. – During an in-studio interview, Dr. Peter Aiken, a member of the School of Business Deans Search Committee, talks with VCU InSight about newly appointed School of Business Dean Ed Grier.

The VCU School of Business began its search for a new dean after the retirement of Dr. Michael Sesnowitz on July 1, 2009. Aiken talks about the selection process for prospective deans and how the committee looked at  more than 70 applicants for Dean position. He also speaks about how they finally chose Grier.

Grier was previously president of the Disneyland where he spent 29 years at the $38 billion Fortune 500 Walt Disney company. His appointment as the new School of Business Dean went in effect March 8, 2010.

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Fuller Will Likely Never Face Charges for Sex Crime

By Derick Waller, Juliette Delp and Chandelis Duster
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, VA – It has been one year since Willie Fuller left Virginia Commonwealth University after he was accused of trying to solicit sex from a minor. Now he still faces no charges and we found out he likely never will.

On January 29, 2009 Chesterfield Police say they caught Fuller trying to solicit sex from a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl in a chat room. By March 11 Fuller had left the university after being suspended without pay.

Charges followed, but before his summer court date he suffered from a diabetic seizure. Fuller’s attorney, Arnold Henderson said that the resulting dementia left his client unable to communicate.

“He was not in good shape, medically,” Henderson said.

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VCU Students Spend Spring Break Giving Back

By Markia Gore
VCU Insight

RICHMOND, Va.-Virginia Commonwealth University’s spring break was the third week in March and students scoped out destinations, booking flights, and reserving hotel rooms.

Sophomore Vanessa Grandby said she plans to spend spring break on the beach.

“This spring break I will be going to Miami with some of my friends.”

Spring break also brings opportunities to give back. Colleges all over the nation including VCU offer the alternative spring break program where students go to another state or country and do volunteer work including feeding the homeless, working at camps for disabled children, rebuilding homes, and land beautification.

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