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Richmond Church Helps Local Needy With ‘Free Market’

By Kyle Horan
VCU InSight

Every Saturday for the past two years, people in need from the community have found relief with Northminster Baptist Church’s Free Market. It provides a free meal, clothes and household items for people that apply.

“We believe that people in poverty need support, physical support and if we can walk beside them, through the journey, then they can walk themselves out of poverty,” Founder Cassie Matthews said.

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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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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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VCU Professor Is A Silver Screen Effects Wiz

By Phil Karstetter and David Preut
VCU Insight

RICHMOND,Va.- Wizards may be the stuff of Canterbury and the Round Table, but Virginia Commonwealth University has one right on its campus. Matt Wallin, an assistant professor of Communication Arts, works his magic on the big screen.

Wallin began his career in special effects as a lowly intern at the legendary special effects company Industrial Light and Magic while studying at San Francisco State. Since then he’s had an extensive and lucrative career, having worked on a host of major blockbuster films including “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”, “King Kong”, “Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace”, two of the “Matrix” films, and “I Am Legend.”

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VCU Official Talks About Haiti Relief Efforts

By David Preut
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — During an in-studio interview Dr. Catherine Howard, Vice Provost of Community Engagement, talks with VCU InSight about Haiti relief efforts at Virginia Commonwealth University.

She talks about a VCU professor‘s recent trip to Haiti and the successes and difficulties he experienced after the Caribbean nation experienced a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 12.

While many students might want to travel to Haiti themselves, Dr. Howard says there is plenty that students can do for Haiti right here in Richmond. InSight also finds out what student organizations have already been doing to help relieve the situation in Haiti and where people can go to stay informed about continuing VCU efforts.

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Better Digs For VCU Baseball

Phil Karstetter and Curt Dozier
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Commonwealth University baseball is preparing for another season of spring excitement, but this year when the Rams take the field things look much different in the stadium.

The Rams will play their home games in The Diamond on the Boulevard for the 25th consecutive season.

“You know when fans come to the ballpark this year, I think it will have that same Diamond look, but a completely different Diamond feel to it,” Rams Assistant Coach Shawn Stiffler said.

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